How to Plan a Garden Layout


A garden is a plentiful and frugal way to provide for you and your family. After you have found a place in your yard to place a garden, it is good to have a plan in mind on how you would like to plant your vegetables. Certain vegetable plants grow better in different environmental settings than others. Once you have your plan in mind, planting your vegetables will go more smoothly.

Step 1

Plan how much space you would like to have for your garden and the amount of vegetables that you will plant each season. Consider whether children or pets play nearby, as well as the ease of mowing around it. With these considerations, map out your garden plan on graph paper.

Step 2

Decide what types of vegetables that you want to plant in your garden. Make sure that they are the kind that will grow successfully in your area. That information is on the back of the seed packets or on the tab that is inserted with the plant or seedling.

Step 3

Make sure that you have planned enough room in between plants to allow for growth, noting whether the plant grows on a vine (such as zucchini and cucumbers). To avoid having to pull weeds by hands, make enough room to allow for a tiller or cultivator to move around in the garden. Most vegetable plants need at least 12 to 30 inches in between each row.

Step 4

Do not plant too much of one vegetable at a time. Vegetables such as cabbage, leaf lettuce, carrots, beets, and radishes can be planted in the spring, and then once again in the early fall. Onions may be planted every two weeks. Change the spot within the garden where you plant the vegetables at least once every three years to prevent disease and overwintering the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil


  • Garden plans and garden layout
  • Planning your garden layout
Keywords: garden planning, garden layout, vegetable planting

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