Vegetable Garden Planner
How To Plan Your Garden

Vegetable garden planner to help you design and plan your vegetable garden, so that you can make the most of the space you have to grow the vegetables you enjoy.

Growing your own vegetables is a little more complicated than clearing a patch of land and scattering a few seeds, although with a bit of good fortune you might grow some veggies like this, in reality there is far more to think about.

If you have a garden plan or pictures, why not share your garden plot here and tell us about it.

When planning a vegetable garden light has to be one of the first considerations, as the lack of sunlight is probably one of the most restricting factors. Ideally your garden will have full sun during the summer, but shadows formed by your home, neighbouring buildings, large trees and garden structures can limit the amount of light available. And growing winter vegetables will be especially restricted in poor light.

It’s a good idea to think of your garden as a whole sketching out shady areas and parts of the garden in full sun so that you can work on a vegetable garden layout that identifies the parts of the garden that is best for permanent crops, greenhouses, vegetable beds as well as sheds and compost bins.

To work out your garden layout you can plan your garden using graph paper to make scale drawings or sketches, you may find vegetable garden planning tools such as software helpful.

We use the GrowVeg.com online planner it’s easy to use, and will help you to understand your garden space and what you can actually grow.

Here are some free vegetable garden plans that you can download and print out, they have all be drawn using the GrowVeg software, so you can see what this package can do.

Vegetable Garden Bed

Once you have decided where your vegetable growing beds will be, it is time to choose what you would like to grow, and how each vegetable will be included in a crop rotation plan.

Growing lists and crop groups are an important part of your growing plan, so once you understand your growing space and what you would like to grow, you will need to split your garden up into equal sized vegetable groups.

Here is an introduction to vegetable groups and how best to combine varieties of vegetables so that you can introduce the best rotation system for your garden.

Creating An Annual Vegetable Garden Planner

A year planner can help you to keep on track with your vegetable garden sowing, planting and harvesting, and you can find a vegetable garden planner online and in a lot of good gardening books. We find John Harrison’s Vegetable Growing Month-by-Month is a very good guide.

You can also get planting wall charts, although you will need to make sure that they are designed for your particular climate zone.

Vegetable Garden Year Planner

But if you decide to use the GrowVeg.com planning software you will be able to print off a vegetable garden planner that is produced from your specific garden plan, showing exact sowing and planting times as well as the quantities of the vegetables you choose to grow.

The growing plan shown is produced using GrowVeg.com software and is for our own vegetable garden for this year, click on the image to enlarge it.

You can read our review of the GrowVeg planning software here.

If your vegetable garden has some specific problems and you need some inspiring ideas on the best ways to make use of your space, you may find the following pages helpful.

Small vegetable garden plans to help you make the best use of your space, growing in containers, pots and borders.

Planning a large vegetable garden either in a garden or allotment, with ideas for permanent crops and structures, and how to stagger the introduction of big ideas.

Raised vegetable garden plans whether you are making your own, buying pre-made beds, or growing in level beds, using raised beds can help you to increase yields and provide access to growing your own for people who find gardening physically challenging.

Share Your Vegetable Garden Plan

Submitting a plan or pictures of your vegetable garden plot is free and easy to do. Just fill in the form below, upload your pictures, and hit the submit button.

When your submission is accepted, your photos will become a “live” page on this site.

You may upload as many pictures as you want, using a new submission page for each one.

You can also make a slide show at slide.com. Following their directions, put the embed code in the “tell us about your plot” area below. There’s no need to upload pictures if you use a slide show.

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