Vegetable Garden Plans
A plan is good idea, right? Yes! Especially when it comes to vegetable gardening!
Planning a vegetable garden, or even the thought of it, might overwhelm you. But let’s break it down, and make it easy. Vegetable gardening is not about getting frustrated. That’s not the point. It’s about growing your own food, and harvesting fresh vegetables with just a little effort.
Why do you even need a garden plan?
- It’s easy to get carried away with planting and run out of space.
- Certain vegetables grow well together, and some do not. See our Organic Gardening page on companion planting.
- A plan helps you remember where your vegetables were last year. Some vegetables will need to be rotated to confuse any bugs or diseases lurking in the soil.
- Serves as a planting guide, and makes it easy to decide what to plant and how much to plant.
- Accommodates the path of the sun, so you don’t shade out any plants.
So, how do you come up with a garden plan?
Really, these days, you don’t have to! There are tons of sample garden plans in gardening books or on the internet. In fact, you can even design your own garden online by just plugging in what you want to grow. But, here are some suggestions of helpful websites to check out based on what kind of garden you are planting.
Raised Bed Garden Sample Plans
Vegetable Garden Sample Plans
Theme Garden Sample Plans
Designing Your own Garden Plan
Some vegetable gardeners actually enjoy designing their own garden plan! It’s a chance to put creativity into your own garden. If you’ve grown a garden before, you already know which vegetables you used and have a little vegetable plant knowledge. So, designing your own garden may be more beneficial.
So, here are some ideas on how to design your own garden plan:
Know what you want to grow. Check the companion planting list to see what plants benefit or harm each other.
Grab a piece of paper and a pencil, and sketch it out. Keep in mind how much room some of these plants will need. Don’t forget to plan for the sun. You don’t want to shade out smaller plants with larger ones or climbing vines. Here’s a great link to more information on planning a vegetable garden. And, here’s another good resource with a planting chart for spacing vegetables from University of Illinois Extension.
Designing your own garden plan lets you put your own personality into gardening. Consider adding garden art to your garden. Gardening in general is known to have therapeutic tendencies, so why not make a space that feels good to you?
Garden art is only limited by your creativity. Whimsical sculptures make great supports for vegetables that grow on a vine, like pole beans. Garden gnomes can be fun in a garden, too. Or, build an arbor or trellis for the entrance to the garden. Wind chimes nearby are, also, a nice touch to creating a pleasant environment for gardening.
Whether you decide to use a sample garden plan or design your own, a plan is a good way to approach a vegetable garden. Keep your plan from year to year, and make notes on it. It serves as a great garden record!
Keep garden notes like:
- Plants that grew larger than expected, shadowing other plants.
- Dates vegetables are planted and fertilized. Was it too early, too late, or just right?
- And, of course the location of the plants, so you can rotate crops the next planting season.
Just jotting down a few notes, will save you time next year when planning your garden!
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