We’ve always loved those before/after photos of gardens! Who doesn’t enjoy a good garden makeover? This year, we asked Almanac readers to share garden photos of new gardens that they started from scratch. Take a look!
Just imagine a bare piece of land or a weedy patch! And then look at the photos showing how each gardener transformed their garden plan into their garden dream. Each gardener had a different goal, whether it was gardening on a slope or gardening in a cold climate with a short growing season or adding more pollinator-plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
We hope you’ll get inspiration from these photos, and find them empowering. We say, “Well done, Almanac gardeners.”
Be sure to click on each garden link to see their full story and more photos!
Garden Plans and Photos
Note: All the gardeners used the Almanac Garden Planner. In 2023, we launched LIVE online chat with our own expert gardeners. Learn more!
1. A Raised Bed Garden
The 100% organic garden by M. Spalding features four small raised beds and a small greenhouse. The gardener used the companion planting feature for the first time and claimed they had almost no pests! See the garden plan and photos.
2. A Classic Backyard Garden
Kenny R. uses wide rows to make his row garden easier to maintain. He says, “Apparently I have a very green thumb yet I lived my whole life of 55 years and never knew it. If I can do this, anyone can!” See Kenny’s garden.
3. A Southern Vegetable Garden
Mrs. Johnnie S. started out as a complete beginner gardener and took on the task of creating a sustainable garden with all the vegetable that her family eats. See her wonderful raised bed garden using metal beds!
4. Raised Beds With String Tomatoes
This raised bed garden by David LaBrie and his wife give them fresh vegetables throughout the summer and fall, and the raised beds are easy to maintain. We’re especially impressed by the way he grew his tomatoes up a string successfully. Take a look.
5. A Raised Bed Garden
As with many folks, Lynn started gardening during the pandemic and now finds much fulfillment in growing luscious vegetables for her family. She also enjoys companion planting. See Lynn’s garden journey and what she’s learned (good and bad) along the way.
6. A Terraced Garden
Ever had a garden on a slope? Experienced clay soil? Sonya clearly met these challenges. See her terraced raised bed garden with beautiful vegetable and flower garden photos that shows us the results of successive gardening from spring through autumn!
7. Backyard Row Garden
See Mr. Shannon J. Hughes’s classic backyard vegetable garden (and awesome dog Cleo!) with some smart ideas such as his wide rows for easy maintenance.
2021 and 2022 Almanac Gardener Submissions:
8. Traditional Backyard Garden Review
Christine Marieg discovered how valuable flowers, especially edible flowers, are in the vegetable garden. Bringing in pollinators, adding beauty, and producing edible flowers for salads are wonderful benefits. See Christine’s garden.
9. Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Review
Lisa Sangam and her husband wanted their backyard to be productive and full of life with hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and birds. We got lots and lots of rewards with so many yummy vegetables that tasted so much better than the grocery store. And we reduced out bill by $250 for 2 months in a row! See Lisa’s garden!
10. Raised Bed Mixed With Traditional Rows
Greg Morse from northern Minnesota tackled the challenge of a short gardening season by making raised beds made out of old shingle pallets, and incorporating both rows and square-foot gardening all together. See Greg’s garden.
4. 11. Container Garden Review
Angela and her husband built a taller raised bed garden to make it easier on her back with two very large containers to sit in front of the garage door. See Angela’s garden!
12. Traditional Backyard Garden Review
Christine created 3 garden plans and especially values the plant lists, spacing, and timing that the Garden Planner tells her. See Christine’s garden.
13. Teaching Garden Review
Augustín used the Garden Planner to create demonstration gardens to help Master Gardeners study different aspects of vegetable gardening. See his garden plan.
14. School Garden Review
Lauren Jones used Almanac Garden Planner to create a whole program for the students! The Garden Planner helped them stay on task with planting and harvesting. See Lauren’s garden plan and photos!
15. Community Garden Review
Robert Wiggins works for a nonprofit in Colorado Springs, Colorado growing food for people in food deserts. See Robert’s garden plan and some pics!
16. Raised Bed Garden Review
Nancy Eggin from Parker, Colorado (Zone 5b) planted in newly constructed raised garden beds this past season (2022) and loves the crop rotation feature as she plans out 2023. See Nancy’s garden.
Where to Get the Garden Planner
With the online Almanac Garden Planner, create your garden plan right on your computer. This year, it’s gotten even better, letting you chose from drop-in beginner garden plan templates plus LIVE chat support from gardeners! Plus, our 7-day trial allows you ample time to plan your first garden for free!