From seedling to side dish, home-grown vegetables offer a healthy way to craft delicious and appetizing meals while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Watch as the seedling grows into a small plant that produces fruit or vegetables. Whether you're starting a new vegetable garden and looking for ideas or revamping your old garden, these garden design ideas can help you create a unique space for you to grow your favorite vegetables.
Try a raised vegetable garden
Instead of disrupting the soil in your backyard, build a raised garden bed above the ground. This type of garden allows for better drainage, as well, so your plants are less likely to be overwatered than they would if they were planted directly into the ground. You can find pre-fabricated raised garden beds or you can build your own with a few wood planks.
Create uniquely-shaped garden beds
Instead of a typical square or rectangular vegetable garden, landscape your garden as you would the rest of your yard. Design a circular garden to plant your vegetables or use multiple sides to create octagons, pentagons and other interesting shapes. You can even design a garden with a zig-zag shape that lets you reach all of the plants easily when it's time to prune or harvest veggies.
Set up a container vegetable garden
If you have limited space, consider a potted vegetable garden. You can grow many of your favorite vegetables in planters without having to worry about the amount of space that a larger garden may take in your yard. Containers and planters are also ideal for patios and balconies.
Make multiple small garden beds
Instead of having one large garden bed that you need to walk through to harvest all of your fresh vegetables, create small, accessible garden beds with pathways between them. Try to keep each bed smaller than four feet around, so that you can easily reach all of the plants.
Use trellises for a climbing vegetable garden
Some vegetables grow best when they're able to climb a support like a trellis or an arbor. Tomatoes grow tall with the support of a cage or something to lean against, so you can get the best results by creating a space for them to grow upwards. Other climbing fruits and vegetables include pole beans, sugar snap peas, sugar baby watermelons, cucumbers and pattypan squash.
Develop a routine
Before the plants start producing vegetables, you'll want to get into a daily cadence to check for vegetables. Start by watering your plants at least once a day; if you have a container garden, aim for watering twice daily. When you water the plants, inspect them for pests, dead leaves and other signs of distress. Remove any dead leaves or branches as well as any parasites that could be damaging to your yield. Once your plants start producing fruit, check for ripe vegetables and pick them daily.