Do you wonder exactly how to plan your garden? Have you had a garden success or failure this year? What about last year? Do you remember what worked for you, what didn’t and when you planted something?
Gardening is something most homesteaders do, and often look forward to Spring and digging in the garden again. Ripe, juicy tomatoes, fresh cucumbers warm off the vine, or the crunch of sweet corn freshly picked all work together in harmony to motivate garden planning, even in the coldest winter.
Seeds to plant, canning jars to fill and freezers to stock are all part of the dream. Garden planning is all about the dream of what can be, and what we hope to accomplish in the space we have. Where to start, however, leaves many of us throwing our hands up in the air. Those of us with limited space need to make the most of it for the best harvest, but how? Can you really remember how many beet seeds you planted last year?
There are some simple tips to help you get the most of your garden space.
- Decide what you want to grow
- Figure out how much room you have to grow it in
- Decide how you will grow it (container, ground, straw bale)
- Use that to get your vegetable garden layout plans and spacing projected
- Check the planting dates for your area
- Get seeds started according to package directions and frost dates for your area
There are plenty of ways to keep track of what you planted, when you planted it, and when to expect a harvest. One friend simply wrote it on a calendar she had in her kitchen plant and harvest dates. Another very organized friend made a full page spreadsheet, keeping track of plant and harvest dates as well as last time watered, last time weeded and how much was harvest.
I fall somewhere in between. While I love the idea of being very organized, time often gets away from me. Often, our plan has failed due to my lack of garden organization, and I know that my efforts could have resulted in better yields. Basically, I failed to plan, so my plan failed.
Our first garden was a nightmare. 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. My “plan your garden” didn’t work at all. #homesteadfail
Keeping a garden notebook sure seemed difficult, and I didn’t like to do it. I couldn’t remember what to add in there, or what to track or even where to begin tracking it. It was such a gardening mystery to me, and my thumb never seemed to be green.
That is, until I found the perfect garden planning tool- The Gardening Notebook.
It’s a fully customize able resource that will keep your garden flowing year after year! I find myself being able to remember what the weather was like in May and what we planted that month, as well as when to expect our harvest. It’s been the best plan your garden tool I have found that really works for us!
From pages like what your zone is, and what to plant when to a chart of garden chores that will help you stay organized in your garden all year long, this ebook is a MUST have for any homesteader/gardener! It’s great not only for vegetables, but as a flower garden planner, too. Plan your kitchen herbs, medicinal herbs and fruits all in one garden planner!
With pages of garden planning information such as:
- type of soil a specific vegetable likes
- how to space planting
- how often to water
- possible pests and plant problesm
- how to harvest
- how to store your harvest
The Gardening Notebook Also Contains:
~How to begin gardening
~Enriching the garden (soil, compost, etc.)
~Worksheets with tips for growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornamentals. With plenty of room for you to write your own notes from your own research
~How to find your frost dates
~Planting by frost dates calendar
~Garden layout pages
~Blank plant worksheets to fill out for the vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornaments not already included
~Local resource contact page
~Blank plant profile page to help keep track of specific plants and varieties
~Garden expense worksheet
~Seed and plant purchase record
~Seed sowing record
~Pests, problems and solutions worksheet
~Book list record
~Lots of space for you to make notes of what is important to you
This garden planning tool will have it all! It’s perfect for the beginner and the master gardener alike! With all it’s helpful tips and tricks included, this book is truly a tool you will want to have to keep your thumb green! If you even THINK you help with your garden planning (and don’t we all!) then The Gardening Notebook is for YOU! Check it out here, and grab your copy today!