If you are anything like me, you have been looking at “seed porn” for at least a month now.
You know, all those wonderfully shiny catalogs, full of huge, delicious looking, homegrown veggies you can grow “if you just get these seeds”. I love their arrival in early to mid January, because that means Spring has to come soon. It just has to, right?
Each year, we work our tail ends off and plant as much as we can, trying our best to get what we can in the space we have. And we have failed at a lot of things, but I didn’t really understand why.
Now, I can look back and see that we failed to plan. So, our plan failed. We didn’t know how much of what seed to plant in each bed, or when exactly we should start each seed indoors, or if we should wait and direct sow. Sure, there are ways to find all that information online, but it never seemed to be in one place for me. I was forever trying to find all the information on a calendar, in my notebooks, everywhere. And, I always managed to lose something or forget something. Always.
This year, we found an online planner that we are hoping to help solve all those issues for us.
This garden planner is awesome! You go to the site (click here), and you can start the planner for FREE. Create your account, and get going. What you will do is measure your garden area and be as exact as you can. We had to physically go out and measure each bed, the distance between them and the distance from the bed to the fence. It took about an hour to get all our measurements. When you have those, you are ready to imput your garden. Click on the boxes to draw your garden beds. Then, up at the top, you have various different plants to put into each bed. Confused as to what to companion plant, or how to succession plant your bed? Click on the info on each plant and it’ll tell you exactly what to do, how many of those plants will fit into that space, and so forth. You can also click to direct order those seeds. Isn’t that convenient? Then, you save your plan and you can print it out. All for FREE.
Of course, membership does have it’s benefits with this.
If you choose, for $29, you can add a yearly membership. What that gives you is the access to more garden plans (front AND back yard, anyone?)and free shipping of seeds. as well as weekly emails. These emails will send you reminders of what to plant for your zone and garden plan, what to get started indoors, and such. This week, we need to start our echinicea, blue hyssop and onion seeds. It was great to get that reminder! Usually, I will fall behind on indoor planting due to not being organized enough. This garden planner has really helped that.
If you like paper, the Gardening Notebook is the way to go.
But, if you need help remembering everything, this online garden planner by Jungseed is what I would recommend to you! Try it out free by clicking here.