Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Plan

Here it is, my 2018 raised bed garden plan. I have included some really helpful diagrams showing space requirements of each plant! I plan my garden out as efficiently as I know how by companion planting and interplanting different types of crops together.

I use all heirloom varieties in my garden so the seeds are viable to produce a future generation of plants. I also practice succession planting to maximize efficiency in the garden. When one plant is harvested, I plant another in the same space.

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Raised Bed Garden Plan 2

Raised Bed Garden Plan

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The overall size of my garden area is 40ft by 20ft. Each of my diagrams have a square foot grid in the background to show how the plants are spaced. I’m going to break each raised bed down but before I do, let me define some of my wordage.


  • Early – a variety that will produce its harvest early in the year, leaving available garden space for replanting.
  • Late – a variety that takes a long time to mature and produces a harvest late in the season.
  • Perennial – a plant that will live many seasons.
  • Reseed – an annual variety I planted last year that will regrow itself from dropping seeds.
  • Overwintered – a plant that was sown the previous season, went dormant over winter and will be harvested this season (typically spring).
  • Seed – plants I plan on letting go to seed so I can harvest and save it for the next planting season.
  • Trellis – plants climbing a trellis
  • Ground – vine plants that will spread out and grow on the ground.

Raised Bed 1 - Parsley, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and Asparagus

Bed 1 

  1. Asparagus (early, perennial)
  2. Beefsteak tomatoes (reseed, late)
  3. Parsley (overwintered)

Bucket 1 - Beefsteak Tomatoes and Lemon Balm

Bucket 1

  1. Beefsteak tomatoes (reseed, late)
  2. Lemon balm (perennial)

Raised Bed 2 - Strawberries, Garlic, and Onion

Bed 2

  1. Strawberries ever-bearing (perennial)
  2. Onions
  3. Garlic (overwintered)

Raised Bed 3 - Bell Peppers, Rosemary, and Acorn Squash

Bed 3

  1. Bell peppers
  2. Acorn squash
  3. Rosemary (perennial)

Raised Bed 4 - Mini Pumpkins and Zucchini

Bed 4

  1. Zucchini
  2. Mini pumpkins

Bucket 2 - Beefsteak Tomatoes and Peppermint

Bucket 2

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppermint (perennial)

Raised Bed 5 - Carrots, Beets, Lettuce, and Onions

Bed 5

  1. Lettuce (reseed)
  2. Carrots (overwintered, seed)
  3. Beets
  4. Onions (overwintered, early)

Raised Bed 6 - Roma Tomatoes, Basil and Nasturtium

Bed 6

  1. Roma tomatoes (reseed, late)
  2. Basil (in cement blocks, seed)
  3. Nasturtium (in cement blocks)

Raised Bed 7 - Gourds, Pumpkins, Kale, Dill, and Radish

Bed 7

  1. Mixed gourds (trellis)
  2. Pumpkins (ground)
  3. Radish (early, seed)
  4. Kale (early)
  5. Dill (seed)

Raised Bed 8 - Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Dill, Nasturtium, Cucumber, and Snap Peas

Bed 8

  1. Snap peas, pole (trellis, early)
  2. Cucumbers (trellis, mid-late)
  3. Broccoli (seed)
  4. Brussels sprouts (seed)
  5. Dill (in cement blocks)
  6. Nasturtium (in cement blocks)

Raised Bed 9 - Green Beans, Carrots, Spinach, and Watermelon

Bed 9

  1. Green beans (pole)
  2. Watermelon (late, ground)
  3. Spinach (early, seed)
  4. Carrots

Raised Bed 10 - Cherry Tomatoes, Oregano, Lettuce, Nasturtium, and Asparagus

Bed 10

  1. Asparagus (early)
  2. Cherry tomatoes (late, reseed)
  3. Lettuce (in cement blocks)
  4. Nasturtium (in cement blocks)

Raised Bed 14 - Dry Beans, Cilantro, Butternut Squash, and Spinach

Bed 11

  1. Dry Beans – black and kidney (seed)
  2. Cilantro (seed)
  3. Butternut squash
  4. Spinach (early)

Raised Bed 13 - Lettuce, Paste Tomatoes, Cilantro and Basil

Bed 12

  1. Paste tomatoes (mid-late)
  2. Lettuce (early)
  3. Cilantro
  4. Basil

Garden Bench with Lavender

Garden Bench

  1. Lavender

Raised Bed 12 - Cucumber, Carrots, Sweet Pepper, Pablano Pepper, Hot Chili Pepper, Red Onion, and Swiss Chard

Bed 13

  1. Hot peppers (chili and pablano)
  2. Small sweet peppers
  3. Swiss chard
  4. Cucumbers (trellis)
  5. Carrots (leave to overwinter)
  6. Red Onion

Raised Bed 11 - Potatoes, Sage, and Green Beans

Bed 14

  1. Potatoes
  2. Sage (perennial)
  3. Green beans

When I was first starting out gardening I wished someone would have shared detailed garden layouts like this.  I hope this will help you in planning out your garden!

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16 thoughts on “Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Plan”

  1. I love seeing your plan, your layout/containers. My issue comes to when I’m trying to figure out what to plant next to each other or what grows better in what type of container..I love gardening but get so overwhelmed with where to put what I normally do in the ground gardening but really trying raised gardens to year with the hope of harvesting seeds etc.. Would love more advice on how we know what to plant where..

    1. April, I think a lot of people have this question! It has taken years of researching and trial and error for me to figure this out. I would love to put together a post with all this information for you and anyone else who wants these answers.

  2. Thank you so much.
    This is the clearer plans I saw.
    I’m a more than beginner town girl newly installes in country.
    I am a visual learner and your help is priceless.

    Thanks again.

  3. I’m curious the thought process for building the trellis on the north side of the boxes. Like is there a reason/benefit? Please don’t read that as accusatory 😊 I’m genuinely curious why. This is all new to me. Thanks!

    1. Yes, that is very intentional. Here in the northern hemisphere (I am in Michigan), we get the most direct sunlight from the south. By orienting the garden south, plants get the most amount of sunlight possible per day. The trellises on the north side of the garden beds cast a shadow on the paths behind them and not on the vegetables growing in front of them.

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