Vegetable Garden Plans
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 . 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. "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew
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The Square Foot Gardening book - For more details on your 4x4 veggie patch
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.
This bed contains:
- head lettuce
- loose leaf lettuce
- Chinese cabbage
- spring onions
- 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.
This patch contains:
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.
My herb garden plan contains:
- spring onion
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
- swiss chard
- bok choy
- 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!
This bed contains:
- borlotti beans
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.
My mini potager design contains:
- leaf lettuce
- swiss or rainbow chard / silverbeet
More Potager Garden Plans
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.
My alphabet vegetable garden plan contains:
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.)
My Spring - Summer anti-cancer patch contains:
- spring onions
My Fall - Winter anti-cancer patch contains:
- Brussels sprouts
- bok choy
- cabbage (red and white)
Introduction to using the same planning software I used on this page
11" high; optional top rail frame
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
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.