When your vegetable garden space is tight, growing upwards, along a fence or wall, increases your potential yield. Check out these free Better Homes & Gardens plans for a small 4′ x 12′ kitchen garden space. Both a cool weather and warm weather plan is included.
“Our cool-season garden features vegetables and herbs that thrive in the chillier weather of spring and fall. Sow seeds of lettuces, spinach, chard, peas, beets, and carrots directly in the soil as soon as the garden can be worked in early spring and again four to five weeks before the first average fall frost. Start seeds indoors of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions four to five weeks before the last average spring frost and again in midsummer for a fall harvest. Thyme and chives are planted just once; these hardy perennial herbs come back year after year.”
Cool Weather Vegetable Kitchen Garden Plan
Warm Weather Vegetable Kitchen Garden Plan
“Our warm-season garden features vegetables and herbs that need hot weather to flourish. Start seeds indoors of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, dill, basil, sage, rosemary, and marigolds eight weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees F. Transplant seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost is past. Sow seeds of beans and cucumbers directly in the soil after outdoor night temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees F and the soil is warm.”