Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden

This planting plan provides a nice mix of summer veggies and herbs for a 4 by 4-foot raised bed. The Finished Plan below shows the planted bed—the plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! The second illustration shows four Color Coded Planting Areas. Look at the drop-down tabs to find planting options for each area.

Finished Plan


Color Coded Planting Areas

Area 1 - Low Growing Herbs »

Choose any 3 of these low growing herbs.

  • parsley
  • thyme
  • sage
  • mint (in a sunken pot)
  • Spicy Globe or Boxwood basil
  • sweet marjoram
  • oregano
  • onion chives

Area 2 - Tall Herbs »

Choose any 3 of these tall herbs.

  • basil
  • rosemary
  • dill
  • stevia
  • sage
  • tarragon, French or Mexican

Area 3 - Salad Items »

Choose from these salad items.

  • 2 cucumbers (to trail over the edge)
  • 8 lettuce or arugula (for cool climate gardens)

Area 4 - Tomato or Pepper »

Pick 2 plants, staked or caged.

  • Any pepper
  • Any tomato
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