How to Plant a Garden in Any Space

If you’re new to growing food, how to plant a garden might seem a little bit bewildering. You may even think that you don’t have enough room to grow your own food. This graphic shows you what to plant, where to plant it, and when.

Obviously, there’s more to planning a garden than you can fit into a single infographic, so think of the cheat sheet below as your jumping-off point for experimentation and learning. Whether you have a shared plot, big backyard, or just space for a few small plots, this graphic shows you how to plant a garden to grow at least some of your own food.

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This graphic shows you which fruits, veggies, and herbs thrive best in small or large spaces. It also tells you when certain veggies will thrive. The months on the graphic below are for the northern hemisphere, so if you live south of the equator, you’ll need to flip these around.

My favorite part of this graphic, though, is the section on companion planting. Certain food plants can benefit each other when you plant them in a group. Those benefits range from enriching the soil to fighting pests. By showing you how to plant a garden using companion planting methods, it’s showing you how to raise your food plants with fewer pesticides.

Check out the graphic below, and tell us about your food-growing experiences in the comments!

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PJ L.9 months ago

Great information, but these long infographics are frustrating and seem to be designed so they cannot be printed. This is the kind of info to print and take out to the garden, only we can't. Please, if you must use infographics, break them up into page-sized lengths so their information can be used an intended.

Diane M.
Diane M.9 months ago

Of course, if you live in the desert southwest, the dates to plant and harvest may not be accurate. Everything will burn and die in the summer.

Cecil C.
Cecil C.9 months ago

it's a cool infographic but i wish this article included a link to the website that originally put it together or at least tell us who it was

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Croweabout a year ago

I've had a garden for many years, but I learned something new today! Thanks!

Geoff P.
Geoff P.about a year ago

Yes interesting

Lisa Millar
Lisa Millarabout a year ago


Val M.
Val M.about a year ago


Slava R.
Slava R.about a year ago

Question: How to Plant a Garden in Any Space

Answer: Visit Care2 everyday & plant trees for free. lol Well that's sort of a garden no?

Carole R.
Carole R.about a year ago

Good o know.

Erin H.
Erin H.about a year ago

Interesting article, thank you!