Design a small vegetable garden plan for a square foot, container or raised bed garden.
The first step in creating a small garden plan is finding a spot in the yard that gets a lot of sunshine!
When you have selected a patch of lawn, or a sunny location on your porch, patio, or balcony, you are ready to begin your small garden plan and design!
Keep it simple...choose from a square foot, container, or raised bed vegetable garden.
One simple small vegetable garden plan is called a "square foot" garden. This gardening technique was developed by Mel Bartholomew.
Click Here to Download Sample "Square Foot" Garden Design
Hint:Create a vertical support on the north side of your square foot garden to grow tall and climbing plants.
This support can be made of metal fence posts driven into the ground with a section of metal fencing firmly attached.
Another easy type of small vegetable garden plan is a container garden.
Creating or building a raised bed garden can be a good weekend project.
It takes some time, effort, and materials to get the bed built, but after that your garden is always ready and waiting for your next gardening adventure!
A raised bed is a great small vegetable garden for beginners!
Build a border for your garden bed using:
You don't have to build a border; you can simply mound materials on top of the ground.
However, the border makes a good place to sit while gardening, and it holds your garden soil in place!)
Choose your favorite vegetables to plant in your garden.
For details of planting times, growing season, length of time to harvest, etc. see our "planting guide".
Vegetable plants will yield a crop in 1-4 months, depending on the type of vegetable.
What next? Just make sure to water your garden, and weed it as needed.
Harvest vegetables as soon as they are ripe.
If you have the time, it may also be a good idea to install a fence around the garden so that animals and local pets don't ruin all your hard work.
Keep it simple, and you won't need a green thumb! You also won't need a lot of time or supplies.
Use a simple garden plan to help you get started.
All you need is a little bit of planning and the desire to grow fresh vegetables for your family.
And with the price of fresh food these days, it makes sense to grow some of them on your own.
Not to mention that fact that this is a project the whole family can take part in!
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