5 Small Vegetable Garden Plans

As homesteaders, we tend to equate self-reliance and food production with acreage.  While acres surely help in self-reliance, they are not completely necessary…  at least at the beginning.  I do not specialize in small gardens, but I wanted to offer these plans as inspiration for everyone just getting started.  Urban homesteading is most certainly on the rise and there are quite a few homesteaders doing an excellent job at maximizing every square inch of space; which we large acreage homesteaders can learn from and appreciate.

In this article I have provided a couple of great small vegetable garden plans from BHG (an excellent resource, by the way) for all of you getting started in homesteading gardening.

In addition to a large-scale homesteading, our new project will absolutely cover numerous space-saving techniques for those of you who homestead in an urban area or on a limited scale.  Self sufficiency is the goal here!

1. Patio Vegetable Garden Plan

Create a small, easy-to-manage garden right on your deck or patio.  Here is your Free Garden Plan from BHG!  Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden.

(Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

Garden Size: Two beds, one 7 x 7 feet and one 4 x 5 feet

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[ http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/vegetable/patio-vegetable-garden-plan/ ]

2.  Children’s Vegetable Garden

Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

Many joys and lessons can be found in this easy vegetable garden. Once planted, it takes only a few hours a week to keep it looking its best. Site this garden in full sun and well-drained soil for best harvests. Spread mulch over the soil to help decrease weeds and disease.

Garden size: 6 x 6 feet

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[ http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/vegetable/easy-childrens-vegetable-garden-plan/ ]

3.  An Eye-Catching Kitchen Garden Plan  (A Backyard Garden)

Enjoy a full summer of homegrown vegetables with this ornamental potager garden.

Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden.  (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

This large semiformal vegetable garden features warm- and cool-season crops, decorative annuals, evergreen shrubs, and rustic decorative elements. It measures 30 x 30 feet, which includes four 13-x-13-foot beds. The garden requires full sun and is recommended for all USDA Zones, with the exception of the boxwood, which grows best in Zones 6 to 8. Ask your nursery for an alternative low hedge plant in other areas.

Garden size: 30 x 30 feet                                                                                   download-this-plan-bgh

[ http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/vegetable/kitchen-garden-plan/ ]

4.   Small-Space Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes, peppers, and marigolds are all you need to create this beautiful little garden plan.
Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

Garden size: 14 x 9 feet

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[  http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/vegetable/small-vegetable-garden-plan/  ]

5.    Heritage Vegetable Garden

Enjoy the fruits of your labor in this heritage-filled edible garden.  Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, a list of alternatives for each plant, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

This home vegetable garden will prove to be satisfying and pleasurable. Just watching it grow and transform is magical. This garden includes traditional vegetables with many being heirloom varieties like Brandywine tomatoes and purple dragon carrot. Often heirloom seeds are chosen be cause the seed can be saved and will produce true-to-type offspring. These varieties have been around for a long time because they not only offer exceptional pollination but also have survived pests and disease. Plus they taste wonderful!

Because space may be limited in a home garden, a French method of mixing seeds can be used as it has here. Combining spinach and carrot seed and sowing together will use the space better. The spinach will also soften the ground, making it easier for carrots to grow. In about six weeks, the spinach will be finished and the carrots will develop. Combining radishes and lettuce in the same row will also give good succession.

Tomatoes will need to be staked and the peas will need trellises. The beans and cucumbers may benefit from a low support structure, but it isn’t necessary. Crop rotation is often recommended but not always easy in a smaller garden. Shift if you can, otherwise add annual applications of compost and soil to replenish nutrients and avoid buildup of pests and disease.

Garden size: 22 x 12 feet

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[  http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/vegetable/heritage-vegetable-garden/  ]

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