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35 Vegetable garden design and ideas

By Elise Hodge

Published: May 29th, 2020

You can create a fabulous vegetable garden even if you're not a green thumb.

There are so many different vegetable garden design ideas out there, and you can draw inspiration from all of them. But the good news is that you can create a veggie garden, even if you don’t have a big backyard or you’re not a green thumb. In this article, I’m revealing all of my secrets to a gorgeous vegetable garden for all types of living spaces.

Potted vegetable garden ideas

If you’re an avid gardener or a novice, you might think you need to have a huge backyard to plant your vegetables. But the truth is that all you need is a couple of containers. And often your veggies will be fine in their original pots. This means that you can grow your produce wherever you like – on the balcony, rooftop, alleyway or whatever tiny space you have.

1. Make it colourful

Just because you’re creating a practical veggie garden doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Take a look at the cute rainbow coloured pots that line this exterior window sill. I love that they’re all a different colour. This keeps things interesting and adds so much personality to this outdoor area.

Vegetable garden
Source: amyskitchengarden

2. Place them on the patio

Don’t have a big yard? No problem! Pop your plants in pots and place them on the patio. The good thing about plants is that they rarely need to be repotted. So you can take them straight from the nursery to your veranda. Just be sure to water them!

Potted plants
Source: Shifting Roots

Loving the thought of putting more foliage on your patio? Check out these patio ideas to use in your home.

3. Grow your own salad

You know the saying “You don’t make friends with salad…” Well, it’s kinda true… unless you grow your own salad… then you’ll definitely make friends with salad because there’s something so lovely about eating greens that are fresh out of the pot. Mm… I can already sense the crispiness!

Pots in garden
Source: Gardenary

Raised vegetable garden beds

Whether you’re starting a new garden or improving an existing one, using dedicated beds to grow your vegetables in can help you to maximise your productivity. A simple bed system will help you to plan, tend and harvest your crops with ease, yielding results to be proud of.

4. Add flowers

This is such a pretty vegetable garden design. The addition of pots of flowers really makes the space beautiful! You can do this when creating your own garden. Simply install raised garden beds and place pots full of colourful flowers in the middle of each one.

Garden design
Source: hgtv

5. Keep it uniform

When it comes to raised garden beds, it’s really important to make sure everything is easy to access. Take these rectangular beds, for example. The positioning allows just enough space for the gardener to walk in between.

Veggie garden
Source: gardenersofig

6. Keep track

If you’re new to gardening, it can be really easy to forget what types of plants you have. I’m kind of ashamed to admit I do this a lot… Avoid adding to much water or fertiliser by keeping a track of the name of the plant and its requirements. You can do this by placing a white paddle pop stick inside the dirt. Next time you head outside to garden, you’ll know exactly what to do!

Veggie garden
Source: rekha.garden.kitchen

7. In the right place

Creating your garden can be a really big commitment, especially if you’re going to be using up a lot of space in the backyard. Avoid any mishaps by planning well ahead of time. Start by mapping out your garden design and then fill in the details of which plant you want where.

Garden
Source: Gardenista

8. Go all out

Just because you’re not a farmer doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your outdoor space. Why go small if you can go big? Take inspiration from this vegetable garden design which has multiple planter boxes of veggies. Perfect for the next extended family gathering.

Vegetable garden
Source: Zingermans Cornman Farms

9. Mix and match

The great thing about garden beds is that they allow you to place multiple types of vegetables. This means that you can plant all sorts of lettuces – from boston bibb to red leaf to radicchio to cabbage, and so much more!

Open garden bed
Source: kellogggarden

10. Black raised garden beds

While timber planters are the most common choice for housing vegetables, I really like these black raised garden beds. The colour makes them stand out and adds style to this outdoor space… Proof that gardening is anything but boring.

Raised garden bed
Source: Gardenista

11. A bit of this, a bit of that

Who says your garden design has to take a one-size-fits-all approach? Umm, no one! You can use whatever you like to create your vegetable garden. I love how this little design incorporates raised timber planters, ceramic pots, and a vertical timber stand. There are so many options to suit all types of plants.

Garden bed
Source: ground.culture.gardens

12. Neat and tidy

I know that for all of you type A people, messy garden beds can be a real drag. But gardening doesn’t have to end in an overgrown looking space. In fact, it can be really uniform and aesthetically pleasing. Just take a look at this space – it keeps everything in its place with black timber framing and cute little corners.

Raised garden bed
Source: norregardnr9

13. Arched

How cool is this design? If you want to grow veggies like cherry tomatoes, why not use a cool metal arch and let them take over? I love how this little space is packed with plenty of goodness – there are stacks of kale, carrots and so many other greens.

Arched garden
Source: Gardenary

Vertical vegetable gardens

If you are squished for space, then this might be the option for you. A vertical vegetable garden will not only boost your growing space, but it’ll also beautify your outdoor space and reduce any insect and bug problems.

14. Stack them up

I love this cute twist on a vertical garden. Instead of using a frame, this design incorporates little planter pots stacked right up high. This leaves the fruit and veggies to flow out over the edges.

Vertical garden
Source: Greens Talk Garden

15. Green, green & more green

Here’s another example of this fun design. This is a great space maximiser. And it would make dinner time so easy. Simply head outside, pick a few greens and you’ve got your salad base!

Vertical garden
Source: Green Stalk Garden

16. Timber planter

A design like this is handy for small outdoor spaces like apartment verandas. And the best thing is that you can put almost anything in them. Think herbs, lettuce, spinach or anything you can imagine.

Vertical planter
Source: Williams Sonoma

17. Create a pretty display

Combine your planter boxes with hanging plants for a gorgeous display. This is one simple way to spruce up your outdoor space and make it feel more homely, even if it’s only small.

Vertical garden
Source: elkispaisagismo

18. Make a statement

Alternatively, you could go all out with an all-encompassing planter wall. This is a pretty neat design that would take a lot of thought and planning. Want to create something like this? Talk to a planter box expert today.

Vertical garden
Source: habitudes

19. Green wall

Keep things more low key with simple plastic boxes hung over metal railings. By keeping your boxes separate, you can pot all different kinds of plants without the worry of one taking up more room than another.

Green wall
Source: rhs

Hanging garden

A twist on the traditional vertical garden is the hanging garden. This is particularly handy if you move houses a lot. You can simply pick up your garden and take it with you!

20. Little pockets

How cute are these little plants? This is a really great garden design for kickstarting your veggies. You can simply plant the seedlings in these little pockets and watch them grow.

Hanging garden
Source: agroecologia.co

21. White background

Keep things light and bright with a white timber backdrop for your black fabric hanging garden. This little vertical garden is a great option for herbs and it looks great too!

Vertical planter
Source: A Beautiful Mess

22. In the kitchen

A garden in the kitchen? Yes, it’s a thing. And yes, you can create one! Simply install little planter pots up one side of your wall. Or, add a hanging planter over the door. Why have herbs in your backyard when you can have them right in front of you while you’re cooking? I’m all for easy cooking, and this one takes the cake…

Vertical planter
Source: Inspired by Charm

Indoor vegetable garden designs

23. Keep it simple

If your vegetable garden design is confined to the four walls of your house, make the most of what you’ve got! It’s amazing what a wide window and a lot of light can do. Take inspiration from this space and position your pots as close to the window as possible.

Indoor garden
Source: spicethenorth

24. Start in tins

Keep it simple stupid. No seriously, keep it simple! If you want to create an indoor garden on a budget, fill used tin cans with soil and plant seedlings. Once they’ve grown, transport the plant to a larger space outdoors or in a containers.

Plants in tins
Source: josephhomes

25. Light tent garden

This is a handy little invention for anyone who lives in a cold environment. With an indoor tent, you can control the amount of heat and light your little plants receive.

Indoor garden
Source: knitdyeread

26. Zero waste garden

If you’ve got old veggies at the bottom of your crisper, don’t let them go to waste. Create new life by placing cuttings in a couple centimetres of water. You can do this for almost anything! If you want something simple to start with, try shallots – they sprout in just a couple of days.

Indoor garden
Source: aimeebourque

27. Growing garlic

Garlic is one of the most used cooking ingredients so there’s no doubt that having it in the backyard is pretty handy. And the good news is that you can regrow it from what you’ve already got. Simply place your existing bulbs inside a glass of water, wait until roots grow, and plant them in the ground… voila!

Indoor plants
Source: loveyogapilates

28. In a cup

Lettuce in a cup? Yes, it’s a thing… Just take a look at this picture! This may not be the most practical way to grow a heap of veggies but it’s a fun way to get new life from an old veggie. Or just an interesting project for the kids!

Garden design
Source: homesteadbrooklyn

Wedge garden beds

Take your vegetable garden design to new heights with an elevated planter box. Now, you might be wondering “Why would I want a garden box on legs?” But there are some really great benefits to an elevated planter. Thanks to the planter’s V shape, the depth of the soil is varied. This means that you can plant all sorts of veggies in your garden bed! Place shallow-rooted herbs along the edges, and deeper-rooted herbs in the middle.

29. Herbs galore

A little wedge like this one is the perfect place to plant your herbs. Think everything from rosemary to coriander to basil and so much more. I love how accessible this makes picking herbs at the end of the day… walk right outside your door and you’ve got tasty flavours to add to your meal.

Source: Williams Sonoma

30. Nestled in timber

The plants in this garden bed are bright and colourful. This is a good reminder that you don’t have to plant vegetables on their own. You can often combine them with flowers for a stunning display. Just be sure to research your plants before you grow them to make sure none of them take over the others!

Garden bed design
Source: Pinterest

31. Showcase your herbs

How cute is this oval metal container? I love how simple it is on the timber decking. A design like this would be easy to incorporate in any backyard space – whether small or large.

Garden design
Source: Gardenary

Covered vegetable garden design

While there’s nothing wrong with keeping your vegetable garden exposed, if you need extra protection for your veggies, you might want to consider garden fabric. It’s a great addition to any gardener’s tool box. A covered garden will help you:

  • Protect plants from cold and wind
  • Keep pesky insects at bay
  • Prevent the spread of disease
  • Keep soil and plants from overheating in the sun

32. Stack it up

If you have too many pots to keep them all spread out, stack them up with a handy shelving system. This one is great because it uses a mesh-like material on each level, which allows the potted plants to breathe and receive much-needed air and sunlight from all angles.

Covered plants
Source: heyyitsagoodlife

33. DIY your own

Need a covered area to protect your plants? It doesn’t have to be so hard. Simply create a timber frame and drape your material all over it, making sure it’s secure at the ground. You’ll have a covered garden for your greens in no time! If you’d prefer to leave it to the professionals, you can always get them to create your garden design or you.

Covered garden
Source: troycravigan

34. In a greenhouse

Or if you want to keep things even more protected, a sturdy glass greenhouse will do the trick! I love how this one has been built with bricks – it looks great with the orange pots and green from the plants.

Greenhouse
Source: good_life_garden

35. Winter greens

Keep your greens growing all year long with a curved greenhouse. I like how this one uses green metal to keep everything in the same colour scheme. With a space like this, you’ll be able to control the climate so you can enjoy fresh produce all year round.

Garden design
Source: Dissolve

There you have it, 35+ vegetable garden designs. The design that you decide to go with will depend entirely on your outdoor space. If you have a lot of land, you might decide to create a large oasis. But if you only have a tiny courtyard, you might opt for potted plants or a vertical vegetable garden design. Or, if you live in a cooler climate, you might decide to go the indoor route and keep your vegetables tucked away! Which one do you like best? Comment and tell me!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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