The layout of your vegetable garden can make all the difference between a bountiful harvest and an embarrassing failure. It may seem like a no-brainer, but garden aesthetics and structural integrity are two qualities that you should never underestimate. A poorly laid out garden will have too little space for planting, leading to a lack of productivity and unbalanced produce in each individual row.
On the other hand, a well-designed garden will have an appropriate amount of space for planting, and will be structurally sound enough to support tons of healthy, happy plants. The key to creating a great layout is to know what you want your garden to achieve.
How to layout a vegetable garden?
There are many ways to layout a vegetable garden. Some gardeners will use a spreadsheet tool to plot out the timeline of their outdoor space, and build it from there. Others will use a tape measure or a square to establish exact dimensions before digging the first row of plants. These two methods are just as valid as each other, and both can result in beautiful raised beds. At the end of this article I’ll also offer some suggestions on when and where to use tools like these.
Best layout for a home vegetable garden?
If you’ve already decided on the best layout for your vegetable garden, that means you’re aware of its limitations. So what kind of garden do you plan to make?
A rectangular plot is ideal for growing starters such as lettuce and carrots, or for tomatoes. Try to keep the beds as large as possible, because this will give your produce plenty of space to grow. A vertical garden , in which plants are grown in cages, can also work very well in an outdoor vegetable garden. A square or rectangular garden won’t supply as much space for your vegetables, but this is okay, if you’re willing to sacrifice production in order to have plenty of planning space. Having multiple rows of plants within the same space will allow you to walk the entire garden at any time, and give you an idea of how much space each type of produce needs. A standard rectangle is rarely wide enough for this, but it’s possible with an extra row or two on each end.
How to design a vegetable garden layout?
First you have to identify the best spot for your garden, and this can be difficult because of space constraints. A large area is preferable, but if you don’t have one, it’s easy to work with what you have. Allow enough room for planting and water circulation in the soil. Also take into account the amount of light your garden will receive from each side, as well as future additions and expansion possibilities.
How to layout a vegetable garden alongside a fence?
Sometimes a vegetable garden will be built on the side of an exterior wall, in which case it can fit perfectly alongside a fence. The precise amount of space will depend on the size of the garden, but typically you’ll want to leave at least three feet from all surrounding surfaces (the fence and the house wall), and six feet for access. This is because you’ll have to allow space for walking around, storing your tools and other essentials, as well as planting seeds.
How to layout a 64 by 19 feet vegetable garden?
Here’s a simple example of how to layout a vegetable garden as wide as 64 feet and as long as 19 feet. You can see how it will be impossible to walk the entire length of the garden, but it will allow plenty of room for growing plenty of produce, without overcrowding. The layout has three rows for each type of plant, so you’ll have enough space for fresh lettuce, carrots and tomatoes all summer long. The only downside is that you won’t be able to cross over to each side with a single stride.
Is there an app for vegetable garden layout?
Yes, although the app will only help you design the floor plan of your garden. It can give you an idea of how much space each type of produce needs by measuring out the dimensions of each plant’s leaves. It will also take into account the amount of sunlight each vegetable needs to grow, and it can tell you when to water your plants based on temperature.
There are many ways to approach a vegetable garden layout. A spreadsheet may be the simplest and most accurate way to measure out your space, while a tape measure may give you a more hands-on experience. Playing around with different shapes can help you decide what kind of simple or complicated garden you want to work on. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that all gardens are different, and each one will require additional upkeep. A garden with less space will need more attention than a garden with plenty of room. A small vegetable garden next to the house will require more attention than one planted on the side of a hill. When choosing your layout, don’t neglect your own needs and goals. Try to work with what you have, but be willing to expand your space if necessary.