Fresh and Early 4 x 4 Salad Garden

Grow your own fresh supply of salad greens using this 4 x 4-foot planting plan. Lettuces and greens love cool weather, so plant in spring or fall and start harvesting immediately. 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 two Color Coded Planting Areas. Look at the drop-down tabs to find planting instructions for each area.

Finished Plan


Color-Coded Planting Areas

Area 1 – Lettuce and Greens »

Plant three rows, one each of leaf lettuce, arugula, and spinach or mix it up according to your choice and availability.

  • 6 leaf lettuce (choose Buttercrunch, Romaine, or Red Sails)
  • 4 arugula
  • 6 spinach

Area 2 – Herbs and Tall Greens »

  • 2 kale or Swiss chard
  • 2 parsley (choose Italian or Curled)
  • 3 chives
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