Easy and Tasty 4 x 4-foot Kids’ Garden

Grow a kids garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables.

A mix of herbs, vegetables, and flowers entices kids to work and play in the garden.

Plant a garden for kids using this plan with small vegetables and fragrant herbs that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.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 handfuls of vegetables and herbs from this one planting plan. If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrical on either side of a 3 to 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools. Try the Pizza Garden or Easy Summer Garden for the second bed.

Planting the 4 x 4-foot Bed 

Take inspiration from these planting options. The plan allows for some interpretation depending on your taste. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.

Plant a garden for children using fragrant herbs, tomatoes, and peppers. Use this detailed planting plan.

Area 1 – Lettuce, Pineapple Sage, and Mint

Mint is easy and tastes and smells fresh—plant it in a pot, then plant the pot. You can replace the mint with a fourth lettuce plant if desired.

• 3-4 leaf lettuce (choose Buttercrunch, Romaine, or Red Sails)
• 1 mint (optional, in sunken pot)
• 1 Pineapple sage

Area 2 – Parsley or Dill

Choose from the following:

• 4 parsley (choose Italian or Curled)
• 4 Fernleaf dill

Area 3 – Tomatoes, Peppers, or Eggplant

This design provides enough space for two taller plants in cages. Choose two from the following:

• 1 Yummy Snacking Pepper
• 1 Hansel or Gretel Eggplant
• 1 Cherry Tomato (such as Husky Cherry Red, Sun Sugar, or Sweet Cherry)