Vegetable Garden Plans and Designs
What vegetables can you plant in one sixteen square foot (4'x4') garden bed? This page will give you several vegetable garden plans for this sized bed to show that you can, indeed, have a veggie patch in a small yard. If your yard is bigger, you can build several of these beds right next to each other or with a pathway between. And if you're just starting out, a 4x4 garden bed is a great size.
These vegetable garden plans are all square foot beds based on "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. Each square foot is planted with one, four, nine or sixteen of the particular vegetable or herb (e.g. 1 cabbage, 4 lettuces, 9 leeks, 16 carrots etc). In the plans displayed on this page I have only shown the picture of one veggie per square foot to make it easier for you to see which one is in which square. The black number in the top left-hand corner of each square foot shows how many plants are to be planted in that section.
Feel free to let me know in the guestbook at the bottom of this page if you liked these vegetable garden plan examples.
The Square Foot Gardening book - For more details on your 4x4 veggie patch
All the planting diagrams displayed on this page were created using this vegetable garden planning software.
Salad Vegetable Garden Plan
During Summer, I often have a salad for lunch. For those of you who love salads, having your own little salad vegetable plot will enable you to have access to lovely fresh vegetables through the summer months.
This bed contains:
- head lettuce
- loose leaf lettuce
- Chinese cabbage
- spring onions
- peppers (capsicums)
- mangetout (snow peas)
Juicing Vegetable Garden Plan
Many people like to make their own juice for health reasons. If you grow your own organic vegetables, you can be sure there are no nasty pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides added which could otherwise be concentrated in the juice.
This patch contains:
Herb Garden Plan
Fresh herbs can make such a difference in your cooking, but it can be expensive to buy those bunches of herbs from the store. In just a small 4'x4' patch, you can grow your own selection of favorite herbs - just pick what you need, when you need it.
My herb garden plan contains:
- spring onion
Easy Vegetable Garden Plan for Beginners
A 4x4 foot garden is an ideal size if you're just starting out on your gardening endeavors. But some veggies are harder to grow than others. In this bed I have included plants which I have found the easiest to grow and so may be perfect for you if you are just a beginner.
My easy vegetable garden plan contains:
- snow peas
- swiss chard
- bok choy
- green onions
Soup Vegetable Garden Plan
Mmmm. This Winter, what could smell or taste more delicious that a steaming hot bowl of soup cooked with your own vegetables harvested from your own garden? ... Actually, soup is good at any time of year!
This bed contains:
- borlotti beans
Mini Potager Vegetable Garden Plan
A potager is a decorative kitchen garden. Think about the colors and textures of the plants you place in this plot and maybe include some flowers and herbs.
My mini potager design contains:
- leaf lettuce
- swiss or rainbow chard / silverbeet
More Potager Garden Plans
On this page, you will find some pictures of famous potagers and some garden plans based on these potagers. I hope this inspires you to create your own kitchen garden.
Alphabet Vegetable Garden Plan
This alphabet veggie patch plan may be a fun garden for the kids, especially if you get them to research vegetables / herbs for each letter of the alphabet. I've missed a couple of letters here (and my bed only has room for 16 different vegetables anyway) but you could get creative and choose Iceberg lettuce or Jerusalem artichoke etc.
My alphabet vegetable garden plan contains:
Anti-Cancer Vegetable Garden Plans
After my teenage daughter had to go through chemotherapy for cancer, I started researching which foods were the best to eat for cancer patients. These garden plans show some of the best foods I found to fight and prevent cancer. (Bear in mind that I'm not medically trained so please do not neglect the advice of your doctor.)
My Spring - Summer anti-cancer patch contains:
- spring onions
My Fall - Winter anti-cancer patch contains:
- Brussels sprouts
- bok choy
- cabbage (red and white)
Introduction to using the same planning software I used on this page
One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square
More ideas for small yards
A small vegetable garden can prove to be a blessing - there will be a lot less weeding, less watering and less sowing and, if you are adding compost or other goodies to your soil (which I assume you will be doing), you won't need as much.
What would you plant in a 4'x4' square garden?
ashleydpenn on May 24, 2014:
Great lens. I liked the mini potager plan! ;)
GEMNITYA5 on May 08, 2014:
Breathtaking Soothing Greenery. Green is my favourable color, so, it does made me smile wide lavishly.
Spikey64 on April 18, 2014:
Great source of info thanks !
As I am limited for space planning a vegetable garden is vital so I can get the most from the space I have.
Paula Hite from Virginia on April 08, 2014:
Great information! Your lens has been featured on our G+ page today!
Jeanette (author) from Australia on April 07, 2014:
@Wannabegardener: Hi Wannabe, on this plan I've got row 1: chives / coriander / marjoram / spring onion. row 2: basil / basil / thyme / garlic. row 3: oregano / rosemary / sage / parsley. row 4: oregano / rosemary / sage / parsley ... but I recommend that you plan your own, using herbs that you will actually use. If you never use sage, don't bother planting it; if you use large amounts of garlic, plant more of that.
Wannabegardener on April 07, 2014:
Hi can someone explain the herb plan? I am new to gardening and don't understand the concept on that one; there are 16 squares with pictures of herbs i can't identify and there is a list of 11 herb names. I get that some are doubled, i just don't understand which ones are doubled. Thanks
Gayle Dowell from Kansas on March 01, 2014:
Waiting patiently for spring so that I can plant my veggies. I would plant tomatoes and lettuce in my 4 x 4 garden.
Rodaussie on April 17, 2013:
nice plans Bookmarked
webscribbler on April 07, 2013:
We just purchased some 4X4 raised bed kits today. Will definitely be bookmarking and coming back for ideas.
michaelhaggen on April 02, 2013:
Your lens is very awesome. I've been looking for this.
HouseBuyersOfAmerica on March 24, 2013:
anonymous on March 07, 2013:
I would want to plant a variety, incorporating tall plants with crawlers to make the most of my space.
anonymous on January 13, 2013:
Brilliant Lens, I have gotton rid of my mothers fish in order to make a Vegetable garden. I want it organic eventually. :) Can not wait. Great Lens.
Rowangaia on October 11, 2012:
Very informative: thank you for the information. A tree fell down recently, right in the middle of my main garden, so this will be a good option, even after the tree is taken care of.
attraction 42 on September 13, 2012:
I do not have a garden.
Dickstucki1 on May 24, 2012:
Very nice page. Thanks
pcgamehardware on May 13, 2012:
Very informative and I like the way you laid out the page.
Thanks for sharing this great info on setting up a 4x4 garden, I think me and the wife might grow us a garden this summer using your suggestions.
anonymous on April 09, 2012:
Always enjoy a nice article about the outdoors! *blessed*
anonymous on March 31, 2012:
Your vegetable garden plans certainly do optimize space for the highest possible yield and almost anyone can do a 4'X4' garden if they have any yard at all.
StrongMay on March 18, 2012:
Wow. I like that idea of different garden catagories: 'soup garden', 'juice garden', ect. Great!
KandH on March 17, 2012:
Thanks for sharing ... think I'd like a herb garden and an alphabet garden :) this looks like a great project for my kids to try - there's lots of room in our yard so they can each pick their own 4'X4' square.
jeffrichley lm on March 03, 2012:
I've done this method before and it works wonders!
awesomedealz4u on February 16, 2012:
Carrots, okra, and beans for me :)
RecordLady on February 16, 2012:
Time to think of a garden. Nice lens.
BusinessSarah on February 15, 2012:
This is so helpful -- thanks so much for a wonderful resource! I can't wait to plan my garden this spring :)
E L Seaton from Virginia on January 30, 2012:
Tomatoes, Bell peppers, Okra, Lettuce, Onions that should just about do it.
vecchios-sicilian on January 28, 2012:
enjoyed this very much. answered all my questions about having a small garden.
joel7223 on November 14, 2011:
Square foot gardening is very efficient and it's a great way to incorporate companion gardening.
blessedmomto7 on May 18, 2011:
love this! I'm doing a square foot garden this year for the first time and you've given me lots of ideas of what to put in it!
MSBeltran1 on May 04, 2011:
Very cool. Love that software. Some of your garden plans are so cute.
Muzzie4848 on April 24, 2011:
What a great resource if you're planning and vegetable garden. Just featured it onn my hearty lamb and vegetable soup recipe lens. Ii think I'm featuring a few of your lenses now.
LouisaDembul on April 14, 2011:
Great inspiration! Sometimes I forget that I don't need to have a big garden to enjoying gardening!
lemonsqueezy lm on March 24, 2011:
This is great. I watched the entire video about the software. I predict I will be buying a subscription soon. Wonderful lens!
Jeanette (author) from Australia on February 25, 2011:
@AmazonHerbs: I prefer to avoid chemicals if possible. My recommendation is then to build a no dig garden (I have instructions in one of my other lenses) making sure not to forget the layer of newspapers under the soil. With this method, I still get some weeds, so it is important to stay on top of the weeding - pull out the weeds while they are still small and not wait until the job gets overwhelming.
In my new vegetable garden I have grass paths between the beds, but I'm in the process of mulching those paths now (with another layer of card from old boxes under it) because the grass keeps getting into the garden beds - and it's a pain to mow and trim all the edges around the beds!
AmazonHerbs on February 19, 2011:
What is the safest, least-toxic way to control weeds?
I start every Spring with high gardening hopes but usually get overwhelmed trying to pull weeds even from my small 8' x 8' plot.
Can you offer weed-control suggestions?
davidkiser on February 18, 2011:
You've got some really great resources here for Vegetable Garden Plans. Great lens!
SusanRempel LM on February 15, 2011:
GardenArbor on February 02, 2011:
Neat idea - thanks for sharing!
ravi551854 on January 19, 2011:
full of greenery wahooo
Ann Hinds from So Cal on December 15, 2010:
Hate to be a copy-cat but this is great! Angel blessed.
SandyPeaks on December 11, 2010:
Smart idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel.
Lironah on October 06, 2010:
I'm going with 4 3'x12's, plus a row of sunflowers next to the house. We're gonna put in every vegetable we can think of, plus fill some barrels with potatoes.
Mickie Gee on April 23, 2010:
Another beautiful lens. I was wondering how to do a SFG with the garden plans on your recommended "garden plans website". So easy!
justholidays on March 26, 2010:
I like the way you present your garden plans! Definitely attractive and makes people want to start their own vegetable garden.
seegreen on March 25, 2010:
We are currently planning our vegetable garden for next spring and you have some great ideas.