Design an Easy Kitchen Garden

Follow our easy kitchen garden plan to harvest delicious, organic food right outside your kitchen door.

| February/March 2009

  • A kitchen garden that mixes vegetables, flowers and herbs feeds body and soul. With our five-year plan, your garden will grow gradually and naturally.
    Rob Cardillo
  • Espaliered fruit trees - grown against a wall or fence - are pretty and practical for tight spaces.
    Rob Cardillo
  • Blooming chives add bright color in early spring.
    Rob Cardillo
  • 'Kentucky Wonder' pole bean
    Rob Cardillo
  • 'Eva Purple Ball' heirloom tomato
    Rob Cardillo
  • 'Bastille' onion
    Rob Cardillo
  • 'Easter Egg' and 'French Breakfast' radishes
    Rob Cardillo
  • By keeping your beds 3 to 4 feet wide, you ensure easy harvest and maintenance.
    Rob Cardillo

Suppose you could eat better, save money, drive less, get fit, enjoy the outdoors and help the environment…all at the same time.

One time-honored tradition offers these benefits, and more. And it’s catching on with a new generation of devotees all across the United States. The solution to so many of our concerns is quite simple: gardening.

What could be more convenient than stepping into your backyard to grab a handful of garden-fresh green beans, crisp lettuce or a fully ripe, mouthwatering tomato? By growing vegetables and herbs, you can ensure they’ve been raised with care. Plus, with your own garden, you can switch to organic produce without breaking your budget. Simply choose organic methods for healthier food and a healthier environment.

With our simple, step-by-step plan, you can begin to reap the benefits of your own kitchen garden this summer.

Kitchen Garden Design Tips

• Tip: Cook Delicious, Simple Green Beans
• Research: The Rise in Food Gardening
• Five-Year Kitchen Garden Design Plan

Ground Rules

One of the most common mistakes new gardeners make is trying to do too much the first year. With that in mind, we’ve divided our plan into installments, which you can implement over three, four or five years. 

1/29/2015 7:57:31 AM

Am I missing part of the article? It says there are plans for adding to the garden in three, four, and five years; however, the article only talks about the first raised bed and not what to add in the future. Also, the link for the suggested planting list is not active.

8/27/2013 10:09:22 AM

Great rules! The photos look stunning! Such a lovely garden. Steve

Pamela Schneider
3/5/2013 9:37:34 PM

Summer dreams . . .

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