Follow the old adage that “what does well in the kitchen, grows well in the garden,” says Vallin Kostovick. For example, plants like lettuce and tomato grow well next to each other because as the tomatoes grow they provide the shade the lettuce needs.
3. A slender garden
Make the most of every square foot and use more vertical or horizontal space to create a slender garden along a fence, wall or other narrower area of your garden. These types of gardens are suitable for climbing plants like cucumbers, zucchini and squash.
Easy to grow garden ideas
“Most vegetables need full sun to be happy,” says Angelov. If you are new to the world of plants and vegetables, be aware that some crops (tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, for example) will grow more easily than others.
According to Vallin Kostovick, some other beginner-friendly produce includes beans, lettuce, peas, carrots, radishes, herbs, summer squash, zucchini, and beets. Planting a garden with one of these vegetable plants can be a simple, stress-free way to start growing your own food.
Themed Garden Ideas
Vallin Kostovick suggests growing a garden with a specific theme, and it’s one of our favorite gardening tips. To help you get started on some potential options, consider these vegetable garden ideas:
1. A salad garden
Plant things like lettuce, peas, carrots, radishes, cucumbers and bush cherry tomatoes.
2. A Culinary Herb Garden
Basil, oregano, thyme, sage, parsley, dill and rosemary are all great choices for beginners, says Vallin Kostovick. Mint is another easy-to-grow herb, but is best kept in a separate container, like a windowsill box, as it can spread very easily.
3. A salsa garden
Salsa lovers can plant hot peppers, bush tomatoes, cilantro and onions. You’ll be whipping up pots of homemade salsa in no time.
4. A sauce garden
“Plant a sauce garden to take your pasta game to the next level,” says Vallin Kostovick. For a savory sauce, grow a combination of bush tomatoes, basil, onions and oregano.
5. Edible Flower Garden
Edible flowers like calendula, borage, violas, and nasturtium can be the perfect way to combine aesthetics and utility. Vallin Kostovick explains that these plants can “add instant whimsy to everything from ice cubes to salads to baked goods.” Bonus: Flowering plants and herbs attract the pollinators needed for a bountiful vegetable garden.
6. Companion Planting Garden
Companion planting is the idea that you grow garden plants next to each other that benefit from each other in some way. While there are many combinations that could work, such as non-competing radishes and carrots, think about choosing your produce based on what will work well together.
Alternative Bed Ideas
When considering your garden design, don’t forget about alternative planting containers. “Personally, I like to use galvanized bins,” says Vallin Kostovick. “Wooden crates and whiskey casks are also a great alternative.” She mentions that you could even grow your vegetable crops in an old wheelbarrow or sink.
In general, look for larger pots or containers, as small ones dry out quickly. You will want to make sure there is good drainage and you need to consider the depth of the container depending on the type of vegetables you are growing. For example, root vegetables like carrots will need cavernous pots, usually 12-14 inches deep, but something like lettuce only needs 6-12 inches.
1. Galvanized bins
One of Vallin Kostovick’s favorite vessels, this farmhouse aesthetic backyard garden leans heavily on rustic roots.
2. Vertical garden
If you don’t have a lot of space, but still want a vegetable garden, consider a vertical design. This herb garden uses hanging planter bags to maximize space.