Whether you are just getting started on growing a vegetable garden, or you’ve been doing it for years and just want an update, planning out your vegetable garden layout can make a huge difference in the way that your crops turn out. Plus, it can be fun!
Here are some of the favorite vegetable garden layout plan ideas that veteran, expert garden growers make use of on a regular basis.
Row Planting for Your Vegetable Garden
One of the more traditional vegetable garden layout plans is planting in rows. Many farmers use this method so that their equipment will fit through the rows without damaging the plants. Small gardeners often like this strategy because there are rows for walking which keeps plants from being stepped on when trying to tend to weeds or when harvesting. This method does keep your plants organized and makes them easy to identify, however, it also is a great waster of space. If you have prolific amounts of space, then row planting is probably fine. But if you have only a small garden and are trying to make the most of the area you have, then row planting may not be for you.
Square Foot Planting for Your Vegetable Garden
Planning out your garden in square foot sections is one simple way to keep your vegetables carefully separated but still make very good use of your space. Some people like to section off their square foot gardens with string at 6-12” high and keep it there throughout the growing season. This can also help to work as a functional trellis for plants which need to be supported just a bit.
When planning what to put in your square foot garden, consider how much space you have and which vegetables your family prefers. Those that take up more space or you really like might be given two or three square foot sections while new plants that you aren’t as sure about might be assigned just one square foot section.