Over 20 Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas

Free Layouts for Raised Beds, Square-Foot Gardens & More

January 13, 2021
Vegetable Gardens

Here are over 20 FREE garden plans for you to look at and take inspiration fromincluding backyard gardens, square-foot gardens, raised bed gardens, kitchen gardens, flower gardens, dry gardens, and more!

Nothing beats having great examples of garden plans. All of these gardens were created by our own Almanac gardeners who used the online Almanac Garden Planner!

Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas

I. Square-Foot Gardening Layouts

Square-foot gardening (SFG) makes efficient use of space spaces.  Normally, an SFG garden is made of multiple 4 x 4 foot “boxes” (deeply-raised beds) that can be densely planted for multiple harvests. A lattice is laid across the top to clearly separate each square foot. By getting rid of traditional rows, you weed less, too. SFG is an especially helpful method for beginner gardeners.

See free square-foot garden layouts—plus, beautiful garden photos!


II. Backyard Garden Layouts

A backyard often has many family demands placed upon it. It may be a place to relax and unwind, a space for children and/or pets to play, and an area for growing as well as fruits,vegetables and flowers – all at the same time! Backyard gardens can be grown in traditional in-ground rows, raised garden beds or a mixture of both.  Because of the multi-use requirement for the garden, it’s worth considering how plants can be protected from trampling, stray footballs, boisterous dogs and so on!

See free backyard garden layouts—plus, beautiful garden photos!



III. Raised Bed Garden Layouts

Raised beds are often framed with wood, bricks or other materials, then filled with mixture of high-quality potting soil, compost and/or leaf mold. They drain well and are excellent for otherwise difficult areas such as stony, compacted, contaminated, very wet, or nutrient-poor soils. Raised beds are also useful for gardeners with limited mobility as they reduce the need to bend and can even be built on raised platforms for wheelchair access.

See free layouts for raised bed gardens—plus, beautiful garden photos!


IV. Kitchen Garden Layouts (Potager)

Many fresh herbs and vegetables taste much better when they’re freshly harvested and what could be more convenient than having them just outside the back door?What gives the kitchen garden its charm and appeal is the blend of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers that are grown together like a living tapestry. Kitchen gardens are planted and replanted throughout the season for a continuous supply of fresh food for the kitchen.

See free kitchen garden layouts—plus, beautiful garden photos!



V. Homestead Garden

A homestead garden is usually larger than a typical backyard garden and is grown as either a self–sufficient lifestyle choice or a market garden where excess produce can be swapped, bartered or sold. While homestead gardens may have some raised beds nearer to the house, most crops are grown in traditional in-ground rows. Homestead gardeners may keep a few chickens or bees within the garden too.

See plot plans for three homestead gardens—plus, beautiful garden photos!


VI. Small Gardens

If your garden is small it’s important to make the best use of the space you have with clever planting techniques and the right crops. Prioritize crops by choosing to grow only those that you really enjoy eating or which are expensive to buy.

See four small garden plans—plus, beautiful garden photos!

VII. Dry Gardens or Drought-Resistant Gardens

Gardening can be challenging when water is at a premium, but there are many ways for resourceful gardeners to grow gardens that flourish even when water is scarce. 

Raised garden beds, irrigation, companion planting, mulching, and water-efficient crops are all important for gardening in dry climates.

See free layouts for gardens in dry climates—plus, beautiful garden photos!

VIII. Flower Garden

Flower gardens may be grown for cut flowers for use indoors, or simply for the enjoyment and relaxation gained from growing and tending the plants. Flowers also provide food and habitat for beneficial insects, and can help improve pollination of fruit and vegetable crops.

See free flower garden plans—plus, beautiful garden photos!


IX. Companion Planting Garden

Companion planting is the practice of growing together plants for a beneficial effect such as protection from pests. Larger vegetables may also be used to protect smaller plants and seedlings from harsh winds or as a climbing support, while sprawling crops such as squashes can be used to suppress weeds around tall crops like corn.

See free garden plan layouts using companion planting techniques.


X. Partial-Shade Gardens

While most vegetables are sun-lovers, there are a handful which do tolerate some shade. Not all of us have a sunny spot, but we can still have fresh greens and other garden goodies.

See our list of shade-tolerant vegetables plus sample garden plans located in partially shady spots. 

See free layouts for partial shade gardens.


Discover Hundreds More Free Vegetable Plan Layouts

We have highlighted sample plans here, however, you can now find over 800 garden plans using our Almanac Garden Planner tool—curated over 10 years!

Free Online Gardening Guides

We’ve gathered all of our best beginner gardening guides into a step-by-step series designed to help you learn how to garden! Visit our complete Gardening for Everyone hub, where you’ll find a series of guides—all free! From selecting the right gardening spot to choosing the best vegetables to grow, our Almanac gardening experts are excited to teach gardening to everyone—whether it’s your 1st or 40th garden.

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Noble Garden Design

Exceptional Article! The tips you have mentioned in this article for garden layout are impressive. Thanks for sharing valuable information!

tried your garden planner

Unfortunately, when I went to use your planner, you did not have half the perennial plants I had picked out at the garden center for my garden, so it was hard to plan using it. Examples that it did not have were Coral Bells (Heuchera), Peony, Delphinium, Iris, Columbine, and Sedum. Did not see Pulmonaria either. You did have the Daylilies and Lilies.

vegetable garden layouts

Thank you for sharing these plot plans. They are very inspiring, especially the homestead gardens. I'm into homesteading and being self-reliant even though I do not have a lot of space like a farm!

Love the Kitchen Garden Layout

Personally like the kitchen garden layout because of the garlic. I can eat garlic with anything but besides having a good garden layout, the landscape overall has to be tight.

I have raised beds in my

I have raised beds in my backyard and plan to install plastic covers in order to extend the planting season. I did a quick plan for my zip code (80210), but am wondering how it would change when I install plastic covering. Thank you!

Plastic covers will raise the

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Plastic covers will raise the temperature in the raised beds. You can start your seeds and plants several weeks earlier. You may also be able to reseed or replant certain vegetables and harvest more produce during the growing season.

Also, the Garden Planner

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Also, the Garden Planner includes icons for row covers (as well as cold frames, greenhouses, hoop houses etc) which automatically adjusts the season for plants grown beneath them. You can find these icons by clicking on the selection bar drop-down filter (just above the plant selection bar), and choosing Garden Objects from the list - the garden objects will then replace the plants in the selection bar. Add the row cover icon to your plan over your plants, and the Garden Planner will automatically extend the dates for those plants.

I live in zone 7. When

I live in zone 7. When should I plant potatoes?

Please see our Planting Guide

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Please see our Planting Guide which is customized to zip code here: https://www.almanac.com/conten...

I love this program. It was a

I love this program. It was a move into the 21st century for me. After 37 years of growing my own food with paper records I took a chance with total satisfaction. My garden is complicated and this makes it simple.