Free Edible Garden Plans

By: Jolia Sidona Allen

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We hope you are as inspired as we are to get started planting a kitchen garden after reading Grow Cook Eat author Willi Galloway’s edible garden guide, “Home-Grown Flavor,” in the April/May 2012 issue of Vegetarian Times.

This growing season, we’ll be there every step of the way. From early spring to summer’s end, Galloway will be blogging weekly, sharing her wisdom on planning, planting, harvesting, cooking, preserving, and more.

To help you get started, Galloway created detailed spring-into-summer garden plans for both in-ground and container gardens, and we mapped them out using, an online garden planner. Download and print the plans (links below), or take advantage of the free 30-day trial on to create your own.

Be sure to follow along on the blog all season long, and don’t be shy about asking Galloway your burning gardening questions and sharing a few tips of your own.


Download Willi Galloway’s Home-Grown Flavor In-Ground Garden Plan here.

Download Willi Galloway’s Home-Grown Flavor Container Garden Planner here.

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