Rainy Day Ponderings: Designing Your Dream Garden

There are many different ideas about how you should plant vegetables. Many schools of thought each touting their own method. I don’t know that there is solid scientific evidence to the way I plan out my garden, but it has worked for my family for many years.

Best Method? Of Course!

So, do I think my way is best, well yeah!

If I didn’t, I would do things differently.

However, I recognize that there are many ways and my way may not be for you. One key thing is to make sure you have your plot picked out and preferably prepped before starting the layout planning stage. It will make your life easier. If you need help with how to get your soil prepped, go to my other article, Getting Down & Dirty: Prepping Your Soil in 3 Easy Steps.

Step-by-step Instructions

Follow these simple steps below to get a solid layout for your garden plot

Step 1: Make a list of the vegetables that you want to grow.

It’s important to have a plan for how many things you are trying to squeeze into your garden space. Also, be familiar with what you are growing. Is it a plant that you plant spaced apart 1-2 feet? Is it something that requires a mound (most squash and melons do)? Or, is it something that you plant the seeds in a long row, like green beans?

Veggies to plant for 2018

Step 2: Take a look at this companion chart below.

One of the methods used for planting gardens is called Companion planting. Basically, the idea is to plant certain plants close to other plants that it “likes”. This is a new thing for me in the last 3 years and I have found it to work swimmingly. Using the chart below, make a list with your planned vegetables of those that work well together.

Companion planting chart created and adapted using information from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Step 3: Draw your garden shape on a piece of paper.

Mine is a square, for the most part. There is a tiny little kick-back where we have a path to collect our chicken eggs.


Step 4: Begin deciding where you want your veggies to go using your companion list you made in step 2 above.

Sometimes it is not possible to get all veggies next to their best mate, but do your best. Draw in the garden shape how many plants and what rows you will have. Below is a picture of my garden blueprint to give you an idea.

Colbert garden layout for 2018


You are ready to begin the planting phase of your gardening journey. Don’t worry, I haven’t left you hanging. You can continue reading in my next article, “Steps You Need to Plant a Mind Blowing Garden”.

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