Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Guide

This how-to guide gives you the basics on starting your vegetable garden, whether you have backyard space to spare or a small spot ready for containers.

Vegetable Garden Designs

Space is at a premium for many gardeners, but with careful planning you can have a fruitful garden no matter the size. Here you’ll find plans for all seasons to give you some ideas for your garden.

Beds
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Garden Bed Designs

The plans shared over the next few slides were designed for 4 x 8–foot beds that can take you from cool to warm season. The plant combinations are flexible and meant to serve as a guide to help you get started. Follow these specifications exactly or customize your garden to suit your taste buds by planting any of the recommended substitutes.

Bed 1: Cool Season

A semi-permanent tepee constructed of three to four vertical stakes made of bamboo, spiral stakes, or rebar provides support for vining plants season after season. Wrap the tepee with twine to give the plants horizontal supports on which to climb.

Sugar snap peas (1): Substitute green peas or snow peas.

Collard greens (2): Substitute cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, or mustard greens.

Lettuce (3): Substitute carrots, radishes, dill, parsley, or cilantro.

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