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30 Amazing Ideas For Growing A Vegetable Garden In Your Backyard

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After visiting a farm to table Airbnb in Washington, we got inspired to put together this article of fabulous ideas for growing a vegetable garden. The wonderful thing about vegetable and herb gardens, is they can be grown anywhere. You can put them in containers on your front porch, patio or balcony or plant them in your backyard. They can be in raised beds or wooden/plastic barrels, in galvanized troughs or a fenced in garden to keep away the bunnies and deer. It is exciting to plant seeds in the soil and watch your vegetables grow. They taste fresh and delicious compared to buying in the grocery store, not to mention the money you save to feed your family.

You can plant vegetables in the spring and in the fall. Tomatoes, peppers, corn and zucchini are just some of the delicious seeds to plant for the spring. Ideal crops to grow in the fall includes spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, radishes, kale, parsnips, turnips, leeks, fennel, Chinese cabbage and cauliflower. If you live in a warmer-winter climate, vegetables such as Swiss chard may continue to produce into the winter months. Have a look below at our collection of DIY ideas to plan your own vegetable/herb garden, to help create one that is attractive and edible.

Tell Us: Do you have a vegetable garden in your backyard and if so, what do you have planted? Please let us know in the Comments!

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1. This lovely garden features cucumber and zucchini in the front right planter plant and yellow squash and onion in the back right. The borders of the beds are made from treated timber, while the walkway is a 3/8″ crushed granite with a dimensional cut Watermark buff flagstone. The pavers are 16″ x 24″ and about 2″ thick. There is a 4″ galvanized green roll top steel edger to contain the gravel. An arbor has string lights for evening ambiance in the garden. (via Watermark Landscapes)

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2. Raised garden beds with stone walls is a great way to define your spaces, especially if you are planting varying vegetable seeds. (via Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design)

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3. This particular garden is a “Potager Garden”, which is a traditional garden in the French style that contains fruits, berries, herbs, cutting, and a vegetable garden. To accommodate this varied garden, the size is approximately 90′ by 140′. The image above shows the vegetable portion of the garden. Radiating pathways of brick are just over 3-1/2′ wide with 6′ wide planting spaces. This gives the ability to access the garden from the walkway without stepping into the soil. The edging is made from reclaimed and over-run tumbled concrete retaining wall cap stones with a dimension of 3-1/2″ x 16″ x 12″. (via Staab & Olmsted)

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4. A kitchen garden in London features an outdoor pizza oven surrounded by lush landscaping. Flowering gardens are complimented by vegetables and herbs ideal for fresh ingredients on your pizza! (via URBANSCAPING LTD)

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5. In an outdoor landscape of a home in Venice California, Cor-ten planter boxes filled with vegetables runs along a bocce ball court. The dimensions are 3’x3′ x 16″ or 18″. These are custom fabricated ($200-$400) by welding the 1/4″ steel into squares โ€” open on top and bottom. (via Huettl Landscape Architecture)

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6. This vegetable garden features three cedar raised beds and is part of an overall drought tolerant garden. These boxes are made from untreated cedar. Cedar is high in oil, therefore it is naturally rot and insect resistant. It also will no warp and will weather to a silvery gray after a couple of seasons. Redwood is also a good option for edibles. (via Eden Condensed Garden Design)

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7. For those that are living in an apartment or condo or just lack space, a container garden can be a fantastic solution. This balcony garden in Miami, Florida offers a 6′ x 14′ outdoor space. This allows for enough room to have a Meyer lemon and key lime trees, herbs, aloe, succulents and leafy ornamentals. (via Priscilla Torres)

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8. A shed garden in Maine features plant markers to keep it organized. This bed is bordered with pressure treated pine, using a combination of stacked 2×6, 2×8 and 2×10 boards. They should be a minimum of 12-13″ deep. (via Atmoscaper Design)

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Above: A closer detail from the prior image shows how pennies are being used to keep away the slugs. Garden markers gives the gardener a clear indication of what each of the vegetables/herbs are, especially if they look similar. (via Atmoscaper Design)

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9. Simple box containers provides a raised bed for your backyard veggie garden. Each one can be planted with different veggies to keep them organized. By not planting them in the ground, this helps to control the type of soil you are using. (via Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture)

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10. The beds and steps of a vegetable garden in Northern California are composed of redwood. To keep the deer out of the garden,  hog-wire and cedar posts, cap and fascia were specified, 8-feet high. (via Arterra Landscape Architects)

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11. A charming garden shed belonging to Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show Fixer Upper features raised beds of beautiful flowers, herbs and vegetables. Pictured here is an herb garden with rows of rosemary, lavender, oregano and sage to season delicious meals. (via HGTV)

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Above: Another detail from the prior image of the raised vegetable gardens from Chip and Joanna Gaines beautiful gardens. (via HGTV)

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12. A lovely cottage garden shed features a flagstone pathway leading to raised bed of delicious vegetables. (via Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture)

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13. The beautiful summer garden of Chef Rick Bayless offers a mix of fresh vegetables and flowers. (via Chef Rick Bayless)

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14. An impressive “Potager Garden” for growing vegetables. Potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden. (via Pinterest)

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15. A heavy-duty powder-coated steel frame and glass greenhouse is surrounded by raised planter beds full of various fresh growing veggies. (via lothlorienlover.tumblr)

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16. A beautiful raised bed garden in Dutchess County, New York offers plenty of inspiration to make your own! (via @yolorenzo

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17. The potting shed of a home in Vermont features raised beds full of fresh growing vegetables. String lights overhead helps to give this space a magical ambiance in the nighttime. (via Sugarhouse Homestead)

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18. Another “Potager” garden, this one features fencing to prevent wild animals from devouring the garden. Raised beds and metal troughs contain varying types of vegetables. In the lower image, a stone pathway provides accessibility to the garden without trampling on the plants. (via House + Bloom)

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19. Spiral gardens are ideal for those whose properties do not have a lot of space, or just looking for something more unique! Grow your favorite herbs in this smaller garden to add delicious taste to your meals. (via Recycledaw Blog)

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20. This organic front yard vegetable garden features raised beds to control the type of soil you would like to grow your veggies in. They also improve drainage and use space more efficiently and increases crop yields. (via @chelsierosetroxel)

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21. A pyramid-shaped trellis made of branches helps the tomato plants to be structured. The trellis also helps to keep the ripened fruit in place when it is time for the gardener to harvest. (via Rick Wetherbee for GRIT)

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22. Growing your own vegetables can be very rewarding, not to mention delicious. This fabulous garden is set on a long and narrow backyard. A series of raised beds are composed of repurposed cobblestones. Using gravel pathways through the garden creates accessibility to the beds. A galvanized steel tub in the center of the garden features aquatic plants and also makes for a convenient spot to fill a watering can. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

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23. Raised planter beds and vertical wire creates a highly-efficient garden. The vertical wire acts as a garden trellis to aid climbing vines. If you have a retaining wall or fence in your backyard, this will help to improve the aesthetics. (via Pinterest)

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24. Pallet gardens are a simple DIY, all you need are pallets and a few bags of garden soil to start your project. Buy garden seeds for the vegetables you would like to grow, add some water and watch them grow! You may wish to add plant labels for organization and visual interest. (via Ideacoration)

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25. A DIY vertical garden wall is very ideal for those who do not have a lot of space or wish to keep it simple. Four-inch terra cotta pots (35 are pictured here) are affixed to wire netting, which is attached to cedar posts. Plant a variety of culinary herb seeds in each of your pots. Get the full tutorial on the provided link. (via Home Made Lovely)

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26. Grow your own vegetables in a raised planter such as this VegTrug. They come in varying sizes and colors to meet your gardening needs and aesthetic. If you are looking for a larger size, have a look at this VegTrug. This one mixes herbs and vegetables together in composting soil. Add etched garden labels for visual organization. (via A Grateful Life)

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27. Organize your vegetables in raised planters. Some may need more tending than others, so it helps to make gardening a little more simple. Add colorful signage with garden stakes to help with organization. (via Better World International)

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28. Raised garden beds provides a few benefits. Elevating them helps to separate your fertilized soil from the native soil in the ground, allowing you to control your plants nutrients. If you set the wooden planter beds on rocks, they will be able to drain easily and prevent your roots from drowning โ€” the main reason plants die. (via Magnolia Blog)

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29. A hanging tiered PVC gutter garden is filled with lettuce, chives and herbs. To DIY this simple garden for small spaces, you will need a set of PVC pipe gutters and chain. You will also need steel rods and bolts to set each of the pipes between the chains. (via The Whoot)

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30. This DIY salad garden is ready to harvest, planted in a wine crate โ€” which is ideally portable and perfect for small spaces. If you are looking for some delicious leafy greens, try these Heirloom Organic Seeds. Be sure to drill holes for drainage. If you are setting these on a table, use a thin layer of sheet metal for waterproofing. Crates can be sourced from wineries, liquor stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, arts & crafts stores, home decor stores, eBay and Craigslist. (via Remodelista)

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