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 or expense. Designed for easy maintenance, a 4 x 4-foot bed lets you reach the center from any side.
If you want more room, place two 4 x 4-foot units symmetrically on either side of a 3 or 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools, remembering that some of these plants will trail over the edge and into the path. If you get really ambitious, add two more to make a group of four with a path like a plus sign in the middle.
Planting the 4 x 4 Bed
Take inspiration from these planting options. Consider your family recipes and food preferences. Notice that each is divided into 4 planting areas. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Follow spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.
Choose any 3 of these low growing herbs
- mint (in a sunken pot)
- Spicy Globe or Boxwood basil
- sweet marjoram
- onion chives
Area 2 – Tall Herbs
Choose any 3 of these tall herbs
- tarragon, French or Mexican
Area 3 – Salad Items
Choose from these salad items
- 2 cucumbers (to trail over the edge)
- 8 lettuce or arugula (for cool climate gardens)
Area 4 – Tomato or Pepper
Pick two plants, caged or staked
- any peppers
- any tomatoes