Planting Plans - Raised Beds

An Herb Garden for Chickens

There are lots of culinary herbs that have wonderful health benefits for your chickens and can enhance both their diet and environment. You can fit a wonderful selection of these plants into a 4×4 raised bed quite easily. They’ll grow quite companionably side by side (in either full sun or part shade), creating not only a beautiful-looking garden, but also one with herbal ‘henefits’.

4 x 4-foot Chiles Rellenos Garden

Give your next batch of chiles rellenos — a classic Mexican dish starring roasted, stuffed poblanos often served in tomato sauce or salsa — a super-fresh flavor boost with ingredients picked from your very own garden. All you need is a little bit of space and you can grow all the poblanos, tomatoes, oregano, and… Read more »

4 x 4-foot Butterfly Garden

A garden filled with butterflies is one happy-making place. Not only are these winged wonders beautiful to watch, but they help perform the crucial task of pollination that leads to a bountiful harvest. Parsley, both curled and flat Italian, and dill serve as food while they’re in the caterpillar stage, then the colorful flowers on… Read more »

4 x 4-foot Cajun Garden

Whether you’re itching to fill your big kitchen pot with gumbo, jambalaya, or another classic Cajun entree, it’ll never taste fresher and better than when the ingredients come from your very own garden. Plant in spring after your last frost date, then start dreaming about the flavorful dishes you’ll soon be serving to friends and… Read more »

4 x 4-foot Tabbouleh Garden

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern staple, and for good reason. The colorful, refreshing combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and onion make for a delicious salad dish that will perk up any lunch or dinner table. Plant this garden in spring after your last frost date, and choose tomato and cucumber varieties that grow… Read more »

4 x 4-foot Tea Garden

There are few things more relaxing than a steaming mug of hot tea – and even better when that tea is brewed from freshly picked herbs from your very own garden. Bee balm, lemon balm, lemon verbena, and lavender all taste wonderful when steeped in hot water — and let’s not forget mint! Let your… Read more »

Fiery 4 x 4 Grilling Garden

Vegetables go great on the grill, either for a side dish or as the main event. Veggies that hold up to the heat include eggplant, squash, peppers, and onions. Cherry tomatoes also make a nice addition to skewers. Plant these veggies in a 4 x 4 garden for grill-ready ingredients all summer! Consider placing your… Read more »

Cirque du Jardin: 4 x 4-foot Garden

Bonnie Plants and P. Allen Smith recently challenged a few of the garden world’s greenest thumbs for our first Garden2Blog Design contest. To add to our popular 4×4 raised bed designs, entries were judged on use of edibles, creativity, and overall design. In this children’s garden, Carri Stokes and her five-year-old daughter, Alex, take inspiration… Read more »

Vegetables for the Shade: 4 x 4-foot Garden

Bonnie Plants and P. Allen Smith recently challenged a few of the garden world’s greenest thumbs for our first Garden2Blog Design contest. To add to our popular 4×4 raised bed designs, entries were judged on use of edibles, creativity, and overall design. In this 4×4 garden, Shawna Coronado touts the benefits of growing leafy greens… Read more »

Spring Bouquet: 4 x 4-foot Garden

Bonnie Plants and P. Allen Smith recently challenged a few of the garden world’s greenest thumbs for our first Garden2Blog Design contest. To add to our popular 4×4 raised bed designs, entries were judged on use of edibles, creativity, and overall design. In this 4×4 garden, Brenda Haas shows her affection for beautiful blooms and… Read more »

Munchkin Garden: 4 x4-foot Garden

Bonnie Plants and P. Allen Smith recently challenged a few of the garden world’s greenest thumbs for our first Garden2Blog Design contest. To add to our popular 4×4 raised bed designs, entries were judged on use of edibles, creativity, and overall design. Steve Bender’s winning plan provides “small plants with small fruits for small people.”… Read more »

Hot and Sweet 4 x 4-foot Pickling Garden

Pickled sweet peppers, pickled hot peppers, pickled cucumbers—this garden is designed especially for you pickle lovers! Dill and onions round out your favorite pickling recipes. Plant this garden in late spring after your last frost date as cucumbers and peppers need warm weather to grow. If you want to expand your garden, place two 4… Read more »

Heirloom Tomato 4 x 4-foot Garden

Variety is the spice of life, so why not spice up your tomato garden with a selection of heirloom tomato varieties? Heirlooms are known for their unique colors and flavors. Plant this garden in late spring after your last frost date, and choose the heirloom varieties that are available and grow best in your area…. Read more »

Fresh Tomato and Pesto 4 x 4-foot Garden

When you have fresh tomatoes and basil, you can create amazingly simple and satisfying summer meals, like pesto and tomato pizza. But basil isn’t the only herb for pesto. Add oregano and parsley to spice things up. Plant this garden in late spring after your last frost date as tomatoes and basil need warm weather…. Read more »

4 x 4-foot Homemade Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this planting plan. Plant yours with two tomatoes, or try tomatillos for salsa verde. Onions, cilantro, and peppers round out the sweet and spicy Latin flavors. If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrical on either side of a 3 to… Read more »

Easy and Tasty 4 x 4-foot Kids’ Garden

Children will love planting and caring for the special, kid-friendly plants in this 4 x 4-foot kids vegetable garden plan. The mix feature kid-sized vegetables—small-fruited peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes—and herbs that attract caterpillars, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as adventurous children, with their flowers and fragrance. You and your child should be able to harvest… Read more »

Gourmets’ 4 x 4-foot Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean cuisine highlights fresh vegetables and savory, fragrant herbs. This bed gives you those fresh Mediterranean ingredients, no matter where you live. Roma tomatoes are perfect for making tomato sauce. Plant your Mediterranean vegetable garden in late spring to harvest the tomatoes, onions, and eggplant in summer. If you want to expand your garden, place… Read more »

Fast and Fresh 4 x 4-foot Pizza Garden

Pizza tops everyone’s list as a favorite food. Why not have the fresh ingredients in your garden? You can make a healthy pizza faster than delivery! This planting plan includes a mix of Italian herbs along with peppers and Roma tomatoes, the best variety for making pizza sauce. If you want to expand your garden,… Read more »

Sweet and Spicy 4 x 4-foot Pepper Garden

Peppers are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow in a summer garden, and many plants will keep producing right up to the first frost. This planting plan includes a mix of sweet and hot peppers, with plenty of options for changing up the mix based on your taste and plant availability…. Read more »

Fresh and Handy 4 x 4-foot Herb Garden

Fresh herbs elevate every home-cooked meal. Keep a collection of your favorite herbs handy in a 4 x 4 bed. Plant this herb garden plan in spring and enjoy through summer and fall. You’ll be surprised with how much you’ll harvest from a small, but well-tended space. Designed for easy maintenance, a 4 x 4-foot… Read more »

Fresh and Early 4 x 4 foot Salad Garden

Lettuces and greens love cool weather, so plant in spring or fall and start harvesting immediately. If your clan loves salads, you’re in luck — this bed supplies enough for the whole family. You’ll be surprised with how much salad you’ll harvest from a small, but well-tended space. Designed for easy maintenance, a 4 x… Read more »

Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden

This simple 4 x 4-foot summer garden plan can supply you with a bountiful harvest of herbs and summer veggies. You may be surprised how much a small, but well-tended space can yield. This little template for a manageable bed gives you enough room for the pleasure of a summer garden without too much work… Read more »

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