If you want to start growing vegetables but are not quite sure where to begin then these twenty designs should give you some great ideas. As you will see the designs range from using raised beds or containers to various layouts in open ground. This information comes from an article by Melissa Will which I found on her Empress of Dirt website.
Want to start a veggie garden? Before you can become a veggie grower, you need a growing space.
How you set it up depends on your yard or allotment, what you want to grow, growing conditions, and how you want it to look. It?s got to be easy to work with if you?re going to succeed.
There are three main choices, each with their own advantages:
1. In-ground beds are the traditional way to grow and work fine if you have fairly flat terrain and good soil. You may have to remove grass lawn or debris to get started.
2. Raised beds?are my favourite. You can use them to grow on slopes, it?s easy to build up with good soil over bad, they help prevent critters from dining on the crops, they can extend the growing season (in spring and fall), and the added height can make it easier to work. I guess you can tell I?m biased! Make sure you select untreated wood, safe for food growing gardens.
I put a little pond in one of my raised beds along with the plants.
Check your library or websites for books on how-to build raised beds.
3. Containers act just like raised beds on a smaller scale: you can control the soil, plus they are portable, but the size makes them vulnerable to extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and they require more attention for watering.
Many gardens including mine use a combination of all of these things. You can see how I use my raised beds for winter growing here.
Here?s some ideas to use in your garden:
1. Raised beds with mulch walkways
If you have room, it is ideal to have enough space between beds to kneel with your legs on the ground. The measurement from the top of your knee to the bottom of your foot is a great unit measure to use for raised bed planning.
Also, never make a raised bed wider than you can comfortably reach every part of it. You don?t ever want to stand inside and compact the soil (not good for the plant roots).
2. In-ground bed with masonry border
If the bricks are well-placed at grass height, it is really easy to cut the lawn without having to do additional trim work.