How To Do A
Vegetable Garden Layout
All it takes to do a vegetable garden layout is a pencil, paper, ruler and little daydreaming. You'll need to know before hand what veggies you want to plant to determine plant spacing also. You will find the spacing on the individual seed packets. Sometimes you can find the spacing in seed catalogs. To make things a little easier you can just print out this PDF
vegetable spacing guide
. This will come up as a new page. I'll be waiting here for you to come back after you print the guide.
OK, let's get started.
The first thing you need to know is the actual space you'll being using for your garden. This is just a simple matter of going out and measuring the length and width of your garden area. Then just transfer your measurements to graph paper to the inch. Depending on the size of your space each square on the graph paper will represent a certain number of inches. For example for a small 4'x4' garden each square can represent 2". For a larger area each square may have to represent 6" or more in order to fit on one sheet of paper. All that's left to do now is layout rows and the vegetables that will use those rows.
Now the daydreaming begins. You're thinking where do I plant this stuff? Don't worry help is here. This isn't rocket science. I'll start you off with a couple layouts of a small 4'x 4' garden and a bigger 10'x 10' vegetable garden layout.
A Few Simple Vegetable Garden Layouts
The following garden layouts are for a 4'x4' garden. Using each square as 2" the first thing you should do is mark out the outside boundary of the garden with pencil. Mark on the paper someplace one square equals 2" so you'll remember at planting time. Then lightly mark 1' squares, remember each square is 2" so there should be six squares per foot. Right? Right. Now you just layout your plantings according to the space available. When time to plant all you do is count the squares and you'll know the proper spacing.
I'll show some simple example garden layouts to fire up your imagination. Just click on the picture for a full size PDF you can print out if you'd like.
A Bit Larger Garden Layout
If you're ready to try a little bit larger garden then here is a sample layout for a 10'x 10' area. Any size larger than this I'm going to leave up to you to figure out. That's half the fun this time of year, the planning. It makes you think spring even if it's the dead of winter. Just image what this year's garden will look like.
I'm thinking these few layouts should get you pointed in the right direction. Sometimes you can squeeze plantings closer together because one crop will be harvested before the one next to it matures. You have to know your harvest times for your bounty.
Be sure to keep your vegetable garden layout for your records. This way before you plan next year's garden you'll have a plan, sort of. You don't want to plant the same crops in the same place. Crop rotation is the key to keep down pests and diseases.
Ok, you have your plan in hand. There is nothing left to do but wait for the spring tilling. Unless you plan on starting your own seeds. But that's on another section of this site. (See the navbar on the left.)
Happy garden planning.
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