Plot Designs

If you have never gardened before and have no idea where to start, we would love to help you get started. With pre-designed layouts for the specific size of the individual plots in our community garden at Kalas Village, a garden mentor, and donated seeds we ensure that can boldly take that first step. There are both cool weather and summer designs, those for beginners, and a few more challenging styles. The designs for children are intended to pique their interest by including quick growers, colorful, and especially tasty foods. When you place a free design in your shopping basket, you will be directed to the application page. 

Hardy Harvest

moderate; cool weather

Brassicas and salad greens, root crops, and other hardy vegetables that do not mind cold temperatures.


Southern Belle

easy; warm weather

Southern staples with spice and beauty – corn, sweet potatoes, collards, peanuts, and okra provide the backbone.


Frosty Salad

moderate; cool weather

Appropriate for fall or spring, plenty of lettuces and hardy greens to keep the family’s health up during the long, cold months – arugula, parsley, and alliums for flavor.

Frosty Salad (3)

Thanksgiving Feast

challenging; transitional

Not for the faint of heart, but if you are up for a challenge and want to try your hand at providing a full Thanksgiving meal from your own garden (minus the turkey), this will get you started.


Salsa Garden

easy; warm weather

Who does not love an amazing salsa? Here you have the staple ingredients for a few different types, including out-of-the-box varieties like mint and strawberry salsa, along with the old favorites.


Four Sisters

easy; warm weather

Learn the basics of companion planting as you watch these simple combinations grow and benefit each other – corn, squash, and beans lend each other a hand.


Jefferson’s Garden

easy; warm weather

Take a trip back in time and see through the eyes of a founding father as you discover the uses and flavors of the same foods he grew for his own use, searching for just the right plants to help our country grow.


Tennent Family Garden

easy; warm weather

Dr. and Mrs. Tennent have grown a portion of their own food for years. Corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas are the steady staples they come back to year after year.

Bethany Tennent’s Alagwa Garden

easy; warm weather

Bethany Tennent has been living and working with the Alagwa people of Tanzania, and these foods supply the majority of her diet – millet, beans, corn, sweet potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and sunflowers.



Foolproof Flowers

easy; transitional

Do you prefer fun to practical? If you just need some beauty in your life, but you have been scared to try your hand at flowers, most of these are very straightforward, yet amazingly lovely.


Herb Garden

easy; transitional

Growing fresh herbs for your family’s use can take a bland meal to amazing in moments. Here are 32 must-have basics for the North American chef extraordinaire.


Children’s Taste Sensations

easy; transitional

Toddlers to teens can enjoy growing their own food with these delicious choices. With some fast-growers, extra-tasty strawberries, and fun little pumpkins, there is something here to keep them busy in every season.


Children’s Bright and Beautiful

moderate; transitional

For the child or young adult who loves all things beautiful or the tender heart who loves to give bouquets, this design will delight. Fluffy white bunny tails, bright red Chinese lanterns, and shimmery silver dollars are some of the out-of-the-ordinary surprises they can grow.


Most of these designs were started using the free garden planning software at Gardener’s Supply Company. If you would like to try your hand at designing your own plan, head over to

Mel Bartholomew created the Square Foot Gardening method, upon which these designs are based. For more information about what makes his method unique and reliable, check out his blog.