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Garden Planning and Staying Organized


Date Posted: March 14, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Garden Planning and Staying Organized
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Are you planning your vegetable garden? Are you writing down the seeds you are starting, when you started them, the soil structure, any fertilizers you might be using? Yes, you can get that in depth when it comes to planning your vegetable garden. The more you plan, the more organized your garden will be and the more productive it will be. Let me explain.

GARDEN PLANNING GUIDE

There are plenty of garden planners out there. There is garden planning software, garden planning apps and so much more. In fact in episode #207 of the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, I interviewed Joy Kieffer, the author of the The Garden Journal Planner and Logbook. We talked about how properly planning a garden will help you better utilize your space to maximize your yields and know in advance the information that can help you in future gardening seasons. By keeping a garden journal, you can refer back to season’s past to understand and prepare for what might happen in the future. In other words, pest issues, weather patterns, knowing which plants grew best in which areas of your yard. That sort of information.


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WHAT TO WRITE DOWN

Joy’s garden planner is very detailed and takes away a lot of the guesswork when it comes to knowing exactly what you need in order to successfully plan and log your garden. Believe me I know, I own a copy that you can see in the video above. Do not think though that you need some fancy garden planner, software, app, or product. A simple notebook or graph paper will do. What is important, is what you write down. Here are some things that you should record:

  • Seed information - The supplier of the seed, date started, variety, whether or not they germinated, and if they did, how long did it take.

  • Soil - The type of potting soil that you used. Did you buy it? If so, who was the manufacturer, if not, how did you make it. The pH level of your garden soil.

  • Composting/Fertilizing - How often and when you added compost to your garden or when you fed your plants.

  • Acclimation - The date you started moving your indoors plants to the outdoors and the process of how you acclimated them to the outdoors. For example, I like to move mine outside during the day and back inside at night until the outdoor temperatures stabilize.

  • Garden Diagram - You will want to do a drawing of your gardening area so you know how much space you have to work with.

  • Plotting - You will want to write down the plant varieties and where they will be going in your garden diagram. You will also want to keep track of how well they did in that spot.

  • Other items to keep an eye out for - Sun, rain, insects, plant diseases, last frost, first frost etc. I recommend that you jot down somewhere in your journal all of the information that you can about these items. This will come in handy in future seasons as you can look back and know when you can and cannot plant things in your area.


Garden Planning and Staying OrganizedAbove is just a short list of things that you should be keeping track of. Overtime you will add more items to the list that are more specific to your area. I like to mark down when I see my fruit trees bud for the first time. I like to use a good organic fertilizer on them which is supposed to be applied about 2 weeks before that begins. Having this information will help me in future seasons when doing this.

If you are new to gardening, start with a small one subject notebook (remember those from school?) Write down some basic information, and anything else that you think will be helpful to your planning. Overtime you will tailor your planner and journal to your needs and it will become second nature to you when gardening season rolls around.

Happy gardening!


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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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