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Updated on December 31, 2014
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Vegetable Garden Plans and Designs

What vegetables can you plant in one sixteen square foot (4'x4') garden bed? This page will give you several vegetable garden plans for this sized bed to show that you can, indeed, have a veggie patch in a small yard. If your yard is bigger, you can build several of these beds right next to each other or with a pathway between. And if you're just starting out, a 4x4 garden bed is a great size.

These vegetable garden plans are all square foot beds based on "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. Each square foot is planted with one, four, nine or sixteen of the particular vegetable or herb (e.g. 1 cabbage, 4 lettuces, 9 leeks, 16 carrots etc). In the plans displayed on this page I have only shown the picture of one veggie per square foot to make it easier for you to see which one is in which square. The black number in the top left-hand corner of each square foot shows how many plants are to be planted in that section.

Feel free to let me know in the guestbook at the bottom of this page if you liked these vegetable garden plan examples.

The Square Foot Gardening book - For more details on your 4x4 veggie patch

All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space
All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space

The square foot gardening method is a very popular method for growing your own food in small spaces. This book has received over 450 five star ratings on Amazon.

 

All the planting diagrams displayed on this page were created using this vegetable garden planning software.

Salad Vegetable Garden Plan

During Summer, I often have a salad for lunch. For those of you who love salads, having your own little salad vegetable plot will enable you to have access to lovely fresh vegetables through the summer months.

salad vegetable garden plan
salad vegetable garden plan

This bed contains:

- head lettuce

- loose leaf lettuce

- cucumber

- Chinese cabbage

- carrots

- spring onions

- tomatoes

- peppers (capsicums)

- mangetout (snow peas)

Juicing Vegetable Garden Plan

Many people like to make their own juice for health reasons. If you grow your own organic vegetables, you can be sure there are no nasty pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides added which could otherwise be concentrated in the juice.

juicing vegetable garden plan
juicing vegetable garden plan

This patch contains:

- carrots

- parsley

- celery

- broccoli

- beetroot

- garlic

Herb Garden Plan

Fresh herbs can make such a difference in your cooking, but it can be expensive to buy those bunches of herbs from the store. In just a small 4'x4' patch, you can grow your own selection of favorite herbs - just pick what you need, when you need it.

herb garden plan
herb garden plan

My herb garden plan contains:

- chives

- coriander

- marjoram

- spring onion

- basil

- thyme

- garlic

- oregano

- rosemary

- sage

- parsley

Easy Vegetable Garden Plan for Beginners

A 4x4 foot garden is an ideal size if you're just starting out on your gardening endeavors. But some veggies are harder to grow than others. In this bed I have included plants which I have found the easiest to grow and so may be perfect for you if you are just a beginner.

My easy vegetable garden plan contains:

- snow peas

- tomatoes

- swiss chard

- bok choy

- parsley

- green onions

Soup Vegetable Garden Plan

Mmmm. This Winter, what could smell or taste more delicious that a steaming hot bowl of soup cooked with your own vegetables harvested from your own garden? ... Actually, soup is good at any time of year!

soup vegetable garden plan
soup vegetable garden plan

This bed contains:

- borlotti beans

- carrots

- celery

- leeks

- garlic

- swedes

- turnips

- onions

Mini Potager Vegetable Garden Plan

A potager is a decorative kitchen garden. Think about the colors and textures of the plants you place in this plot and maybe include some flowers and herbs.

mini potager garden plan
mini potager garden plan

My mini potager design contains:

- flowers

- carrots

- leaf lettuce

- chives

- swiss or rainbow chard / silverbeet

potager gardens
potager gardens

More Potager Garden Plans

Potager Gardens

On this page, you will find some pictures of famous potagers and some garden plans based on these potagers. I hope this inspires you to create your own kitchen garden.

Alphabet Vegetable Garden Plan

This alphabet veggie patch plan may be a fun garden for the kids, especially if you get them to research vegetables / herbs for each letter of the alphabet. I've missed a couple of letters here (and my bed only has room for 16 different vegetables anyway) but you could get creative and choose Iceberg lettuce or Jerusalem artichoke etc.

vegetable alphabet garden plan
vegetable alphabet garden plan

My alphabet vegetable garden plan contains:

- asparagus

- beetroot

- carrots

- dill

- endive

- fennel

- garlic

- herb

- kale

- lettuce

- marjoram

- okra

- peas

- radish

- spinach

- turnip

Anti-Cancer Vegetable Garden Plans

After my teenage daughter had to go through chemotherapy for cancer, I started researching which foods were the best to eat for cancer patients. These garden plans show some of the best foods I found to fight and prevent cancer. (Bear in mind that I'm not medically trained so please do not neglect the advice of your doctor.)

anti-cancer vegetable garden plan
anti-cancer vegetable garden plan

My Spring - Summer anti-cancer patch contains:

- cauliflower

- tomatoes

- rasberries

- chives

- spring onions

- strawberries

anti-cancer garden plan
anti-cancer garden plan

My Fall - Winter anti-cancer patch contains:

- broccoli

- Brussels sprouts

- onions

- garlic

- bok choy

- leeks

- cabbage (red and white)

- kale

Introduction to using the same planning software I used on this page

One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square

One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square
One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square

What if you don't have the space or time for a 4x4' vegetable garden? This book is full of ideas for a 3x3' garden bed.

 

More ideas for small yards

Small Vegetable Garden

A small vegetable garden can prove to be a blessing - there will be a lot less weeding, less watering and less sowing and, if you are adding compost or other goodies to your soil (which I assume you will be doing), you won't need as much.

What would you plant in a 4'x4' square garden?

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      ashleydpenn 3 years ago

      Great lens. I liked the mini potager plan! ;)

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Breathtaking Soothing Greenery. Green is my favourable color, so, it does made me smile wide lavishly.

      Blessings

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      Spikey64 3 years ago

      Great source of info thanks !

      As I am limited for space planning a vegetable garden is vital so I can get the most from the space I have.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      Jeanette 3 years ago from Australia

      @Wannabegardener: Hi Wannabe, on this plan I've got row 1: chives / coriander / marjoram / spring onion. row 2: basil / basil / thyme / garlic. row 3: oregano / rosemary / sage / parsley. row 4: oregano / rosemary / sage / parsley ... but I recommend that you plan your own, using herbs that you will actually use. If you never use sage, don't bother planting it; if you use large amounts of garlic, plant more of that.

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      Wannabegardener 3 years ago

      Hi can someone explain the herb plan? I am new to gardening and don't understand the concept on that one; there are 16 squares with pictures of herbs i can't identify and there is a list of 11 herb names. I get that some are doubled, i just don't understand which ones are doubled. Thanks

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      Waiting patiently for spring so that I can plant my veggies. I would plant tomatoes and lettuce in my 4 x 4 garden.

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      Rodaussie 4 years ago

      nice plans Bookmarked

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      We just purchased some 4X4 raised bed kits today. Will definitely be bookmarking and coming back for ideas.

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      michaelhaggen 4 years ago

      Your lens is very awesome. I've been looking for this.

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would want to plant a variety, incorporating tall plants with crawlers to make the most of my space.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant Lens, I have gotton rid of my mothers fish in order to make a Vegetable garden. I want it organic eventually. :) Can not wait. Great Lens.

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      Rowangaia 4 years ago

      Very informative: thank you for the information. A tree fell down recently, right in the middle of my main garden, so this will be a good option, even after the tree is taken care of.

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      attraction 42 5 years ago

      I do not have a garden.

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      Dickstucki1 5 years ago

      Very nice page. Thanks

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Very informative and I like the way you laid out the page.

      Thanks for sharing this great info on setting up a 4x4 garden, I think me and the wife might grow us a garden this summer using your suggestions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always enjoy a nice article about the outdoors! *blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your vegetable garden plans certainly do optimize space for the highest possible yield and almost anyone can do a 4'X4' garden if they have any yard at all.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      Wow. I like that idea of different garden catagories: 'soup garden', 'juice garden', ect. Great!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing ... think I'd like a herb garden and an alphabet garden :) this looks like a great project for my kids to try - there's lots of room in our yard so they can each pick their own 4'X4' square.

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      jeffrichley lm 5 years ago

      I've done this method before and it works wonders!

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Carrots, okra, and beans for me :)

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      RecordLady 5 years ago

      Time to think of a garden. Nice lens.

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      This is so helpful -- thanks so much for a wonderful resource! I can't wait to plan my garden this spring :)

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Tomatoes, Bell peppers, Okra, Lettuce, Onions that should just about do it.

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      vecchios-sicilian 5 years ago

      enjoyed this very much. answered all my questions about having a small garden.

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      joel7223 5 years ago

      Square foot gardening is very efficient and it's a great way to incorporate companion gardening.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      love this! I'm doing a square foot garden this year for the first time and you've given me lots of ideas of what to put in it!

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      MSBeltran1 6 years ago

      Very cool. Love that software. Some of your garden plans are so cute.

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      Muzzie4848 6 years ago

      What a great resource if you're planning and vegetable garden. Just featured it onn my hearty lamb and vegetable soup recipe lens. Ii think I'm featuring a few of your lenses now.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Great inspiration! Sometimes I forget that I don't need to have a big garden to enjoying gardening!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      This is great. I watched the entire video about the software. I predict I will be buying a subscription soon. Wonderful lens!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      @AmazonHerbs: I prefer to avoid chemicals if possible. My recommendation is then to build a no dig garden (I have instructions in one of my other lenses) making sure not to forget the layer of newspapers under the soil. With this method, I still get some weeds, so it is important to stay on top of the weeding - pull out the weeds while they are still small and not wait until the job gets overwhelming.

      In my new vegetable garden I have grass paths between the beds, but I'm in the process of mulching those paths now (with another layer of card from old boxes under it) because the grass keeps getting into the garden beds - and it's a pain to mow and trim all the edges around the beds!

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      AmazonHerbs 6 years ago

      What is the safest, least-toxic way to control weeds?

      I start every Spring with high gardening hopes but usually get overwhelmed trying to pull weeds even from my small 8' x 8' plot.

      Can you offer weed-control suggestions?

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      davidkiser 6 years ago

      You've got some really great resources here for Vegetable Garden Plans. Great lens!

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      SusanRempel LM 6 years ago

      strawberries!

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      GardenArbor 6 years ago

      Neat idea - thanks for sharing!

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      ravi551854 6 years ago

      full of greenery wahooo

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Hate to be a copy-cat but this is great! Angel blessed.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Smart idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Lironah 6 years ago

      I'm going with 4 3'x12's, plus a row of sunflowers next to the house. We're gonna put in every vegetable we can think of, plus fill some barrels with potatoes.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Another beautiful lens. I was wondering how to do a SFG with the garden plans on your recommended "garden plans website". So easy!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I like the way you present your garden plans! Definitely attractive and makes people want to start their own vegetable garden.

      Dom.

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      We are currently planning our vegetable garden for next spring and you have some great ideas.