This is the vegetable garden layout with companion planting design I did for my Raised Garden Bed – No Dig Garden.
I am listing all of the vegetables I planted and why I placed them where I did - from a companion planting perspective.
This is a great FREE vegetable garden layout for anyone to use who is designing a vegetable garden.
The vegetable garden planting guide is unique to this specific garden. I personally researched this myself, planted it in my own garden and can verify that it was quite successful. (The caveat on all of my designs is that I did use the Raised Bed Gardening – No Dig Gardening style of soil preparation).
BEANS had to go on the side of the fence closest to the corn and away from the onions.
BEETROOT like onions so were planted next to them. Beetroot get along with most plants so I placed them with the carrots for visual effect with the differing foliage.
CAPSICUM - RED PEPPERS and eggplant (aubergine) are companions so I placed one capsicum plant either side of the eggplant.
CARROTS were placed next to the beetroot because beetroot gets along with most plants. I had to place the carrots somewhere so I put them there. They did grow well together so I would use this companion planting combination again for my vegetable garden layout.
CELERY and tomato are companion plants. The celery was
also bordering the corn, I found nothing to suggest that celery and corn
are companions. However, they did well together and I would plant this
CORN and lettuce are companion plants. You can plant the lettuce between the corn, the reason is the corn shelters the lettuce from the hot sun. As I had such a small garden this interplanting allowed me the space to plant more lettuce.
CUCUMBER was planted along the fenceline because that was where I had the space. They do have several companion plants though. I tied the cucumber along the fence.
EGGPLANT - Aubergine grows well with capsicum so I placed it in between my two capsicum plants. This was delicious.
LETTUCE ICEBERG I planted these in between the corn so they got some shade in the hot afternoons.
LETTUCE COS was placed next to the onions because they are companions.
MARIGOLDS are the classic companion planting flower. I used a few of these scattered around the garden where I had the space. The bright colours certainly added to the visual quality of the vegetable garden.
MINT I used mint and spearmint on either side of the capsicum plants just for visual effect. They looked fantastic, a very contrasting shade of green, and they were very healthy.
ONIONS I planted the onions between the beetroot and the letttuce as they are companion plants to both. They really did grow very well in this position.
PEAS grow well with beans so I placed them along the same fenceline.
SPEARMINT was planted there because of space and for visual effect. I have no evidence that spearmint is a companion plant to beans and capsicum but they all grew well together.
TOMATO was planted in these positions because of space requirements only. They were bordering beetroot, onion, lettuce, celery and corn, none of which are reported to be companion plants - except the celery. The tomatoes grew so well I had more than enough for my own needs and gave plenty away to family and friends.
VIOLA I planted these blue flowers along the gate entrance into the garden and also along the edges of the cement stepping stone - mainly for visual effect. They looked wonderful there as you can imagine, next time I will plant more of them as they truly did enhance the visual impact of the Raised Garden Bed - No Dig Garden.
* This vegetable garden layout only needed to be watered for the first two weeks during a hot Melbourne summer.
* The only Garden Pests I had were garden snails which I was easily able to eliminate by using natural methods.
* The plants were TOTALLY disease free.
* There was an abundance of food produced from this small family vegetable garden using this method.
Here is a list of vegetable companion plants you can also use when planning your own vegetable garden.