If you've got the space and are eager to provide a vegetable garden for your family and neighbors to enjoy, try this large-scale vegetable garden. This garden plan goes beyond the basics of classic vegetables like tomatoes and peppers and adds interest with other goods such as peas, beets, carrots, and broccoli. All in all, you get a little bit of everything with this garden: leafy greens, root veggies, herbs, and starchy edibles.
A number of plants included in this plan (broccoli, peas, cabbage, carrots, lettuce) are frost-tolerant vegetables bred to withstand cooler temperatures. Depending on the vegetable, you will most likely plant these a couple weeks prior to the last frost date. The vegetables will be finished growing by June, so you'll still have time to grow warm-season favorites like potatoes, peppers, and beans over the summer.
If you plan on growing a vegetable garden every year, participate in crop rotation, which helps in pest and disease prevention and improves the health of your soil. Simply plant your vegetables in different spots each year, which is easy to do in a large vegetable garden. Even a minimal rotation will make a difference.
Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes an illustrated version of the plan, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)
Garden size: 17 x 12 feet