Vegetable Garden Plan: Layout Diagram with Plant List
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Vegetable garden layout for a 5x10 space
Nancy J. Ondra
February 24, 2022
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See our vegetable garden plan layout—plus the accompanying plant list—for a 5- by 10-foot space. This garden includes popular veggies, herbs, and fruit that work in most regions.
This semicircle plot measures about 5x10 feet, requires well-drained soil, and does best with full sun to light shade. For secure footing at harvest time, add a pair of stepping stones to the garden.
Vegetable Garden Plan
Illustration: Almanac art director, Margo LeTourneau
Garden Plant List
Rhubarb (perennial): Rhubarb forms large clumps of inedible, deep-green leaves held on edible, stout, pink-to-red stalks. It is about 3 feet tall and wide and grows in zones 3 to 8. In warmer climates, try globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) instead. One plant.
Kale (annual): Thick, upright stems carry edible, crinkled leaves. Most varieties have pale-green leaves; you can also try “Lacinato,” which has deeply veined, narrow, blue-green leaves, and “Redbor,” which has bright purple-pink stalks and frilly, purple-green leaves that turn violet in cool weather. It grows to about 3 feet tall. Two plants.
Chard (annual): Choose clumps of rich-green leaves or the “Bright Lights” seed strain, which produces a rainbow of stalk colors (white, yellow, pink, red, orange, and magenta). Its leaves and stalks are edible and grows to be 12 to 18 inches tall. Six plants.
Pepper (annual): Upright, bushy plants, with small white or purple flowers that mature into colorful fruit. Sweet peppers produce large green fruit that turn yellow, orange, or red when ripe; hot peppers produce smaller, spicier fruit. It is about 3 feet tall. Two plants.
Purple basil (annual): Fragrant and flavorful deep-purple leaves are carried on bushy, upright plants. ‘Osmin’ and ‘Dark Opal’ have smooth leaves; ‘Purple Ruffles’ has crinkled leaves. Pinch off flower spikes to encourage branching and more leaves. It is about 2 feet tall. Four plants.
Alpine strawberry (perennial): Bushy, nonspreading mounds of three-part, deep-green leaves produce small white flowers from late spring to frost that mature into small, bright-red or cream-color fruits with big flavor. It is about 10 inches tall and grows in Zones 5 to 9. Six plants.
Lettuce (annual): Crisp, flavorful leaves make for great salads. Colors and shapes vary widely. Try lobe-edge, bright-green ‘Oakleaf’ and wavy, deep-red ‘Merlot’. Plants stand about 6 inches tall in leaf; remove plants when they flower. 12 plants.
Sage (perennial): Bushy clumps with aromatic and flavorful gray-green leaves and spikes of bluish flowers. Look for cultivars with purplish (‘Purpurea’), green and yellow (‘Icterina’), or green, purple, and white (‘Tricolor’) leaves. It is about 2 feet tall and grows in Zones 4 to 8. One plant.
English thyme (perennial): Dense clumps boast tiny, fragrant, and flavorful leaves and clusters of white to pink flowers. English thyme is a culinary classic. Also look for lemon, lime, coconut, or caraway thyme. It is 6 to 12 inches tall and grows in Zones 5 to 9. One plant.
Rosemary (annual or perennial): Upright stems have spicy, needlelike foliage and small, blue flowers. In warm climates, it can become a shrub. Rosemary matures at about 2 feet tall. If you live north of Zone 7, overwinter the plant indoors or set out a new one each spring. One plant.
Parsley (annual): Ferny mounds of rich-green leaves that may be flat (Italian) or frilly (curly); garnishes almost anything. It grows to be about 8 inches tall. One plant.
This garden plan will suit many regions, however, we do advise trying out our online Garden Planner to create a garden that perfectly fits your growing zone. The Garden Planner pulls frost data from your zip code or postal code to ensure the right planting dates and plants. Get a 7-day trial which is ample time to draw out your first garden.