Planting a family garden can be fun, educational, delicious and you can do it in day with proper planning. Find a location in your yard or back patio area where you will get full sun at least half of the day. Depending on the area you have to dedicate to your garden, decide if you will be using a raised bed, containers or planting directly into the earth. You will need to gather your necessary items prior to beginning the planting. Either purchase the appropriate supplies or gather from items you already have lying around the house. Find a quality potting soil, a time release fertilizer as well as compost to place on the top to hold in moisture and keep down the weeds. You can use many common items for containers including old work boots, watering cans, buckets, an old toilet, even an old refrigerator or freezer can be dropped down on it's back and used as a raised bed.