Check out our beginner vegetable garden free plans and worksheets, and easy vegetable gardening plans for beginners!
Beginner garden plans include small in-ground plots, raised beds, and container gardens.
Salad vegetables are among the easiest plants to grow in the garden. Lettuce, radishes, green onions, cucumbers and tomatoes are mainstays in most vegetable gardens!
Add a dill, parsley, cilantro, and a sweet basil plant, and you will have some great fresh herbs to add to your salad!
All of these gardens are simple to design and plant!
When to plant your vegetable garden depends on where you live.
Many garden vegetable plants cannot tolerate freezing weather.
You will need to know when the last frost in your area typically occurs.
Do you know that beginner vegetable gardens come in all shapes and sizes; large, small, and in-between?
a crowded landscape, your garden may have to take a sharp bend, form a
semi-circle, or be placed in a flower bed, or on the patio.
So be creative! Let’s take a look at some small space vegetable garden plans.
Planting schemes based on geometry are intensive.
The aim of this small space vegetable garden technique is to use all available land.
Root crops often are sown at close spacing.
For instance, a square foot can accommodate 50 carrots or 20 turnips before thinning.The thinned plants can be eaten, too!
Using the French intensive method, the gardener sets vegetable plants in a six-sided configuration inside far-apart rows.
The plants are transplanted or seeded at suggested spacing in hexagonal patterns, with an extra plant planted in the center.
A "Square Foot" garden is a simple version of intensive gardening.
It is one of the easiest gardens for someone beginning vegetable gardening!
To design a small square foot vegetable garden layout, draw a square on a piece of paper.
Divide the square into four equal spaces from top-to-bottom, and from side-to-side.
Each of the resulting 16 squares can be planted with a different type of vegetable seeds or plants.
This garden can be planted in the ground, or designed as a raised bed.
If you choose to make a raised bed, use the following step to build the frame:
Raised bed gardens are not the easiest gardens to build.
But once you clear the ground, build a frame, then fill it with garden soil, you can "live happily ever after" with a garden that is easy to plant and care for thereafter!
Raised bed gardens are perfect for a first vegetable garden.
This is the easiest and quickest of all beginner vegetable gardens to set up.
Simply recycle or purchase larger-size containers (5 gallon is a good size) with drainage holes in the bottom.
It is important to remember that plants need plenty of room to grow when planning a beginner vegetable garden.
For example, if plantings are too cramped, the results could be a lot of tops and only a few roots from radishes or just a small picking of bush beans.
So follow the planting instructions on your seed packets or small plants carefully!
Download our chart shown above to help determine when to plant your garden, and the approximate growing times for some of your favorite vegetables.
Gardeners have been plotting and planting for years to develop techniques that give the best production from gardens.
Manipulation of row length and width plus crop planting intensities are designed to get the best harvest from a specific space.
Square feet or geometric gardening techniques use all available space.
Rows are eliminated and every square foot produces a harvest for maximum production.
A beginner vegetable garden site 4 x 4 can typically produce enough fresh vegetables for one or two people.
In an effort to use every bit of land, inventive gardeners plant small space vegetable gardens in the corners of triangles, squares, or rectangles, and then add a plant or two in the middle.
So get out there and plan your vegetable garden even if you are a beginner!
You will quickly learn from your own experiences what works well in your location and climate, and what not to try again.
Even very experienced gardeners report having successes and failures each gardening season.
So involve your family, design a garden together, and enjoy simple vegetable gardening for beginners!
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