As I finish flipping through the last of the winter-arrival seed catalogs, it’s time to think about planning the spring garden. If you’re starting seeds from scratch for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other crops that will be planted out in March or April, the time to start seeds is near.
Every season I block out time to plan my garden on paper. It’s the highlight of winter (for spring), and something to look forward to in late summer (for the fall/winter garden).
What’s Your Process?
Do you wing it? Do you methodically plot out where each plant goes? Or something in between? Either way, it’s fun to take the time to plan your garden layout ahead of time.
This year, I’ve got new seeds to try for a few veggies and flowers. In order to make sure I don’t forget about them (amid all the other seed packets taking up shelf-space in my refrigerator) I put them out to remind me to make space for them on the plan.
In fall, my new seeds included Purple Moon kale, and Deer Tongue lettuce (weird that I’ve never grown that before). For spring, I have a few for that I’m excited to try: Yellow Datterino tomato (given to me by a friend), and Alabama Black butter bean (from a seed swap last summer).
These will be on my plan. What’s on yours? Not sure yet? Well…
I want to invite you to check out our newest online course, Plan Your Abundant Edible Garden. I’m really excited about sharing this process with you. It’s one that I use all the time, for my own garden, and for my client’s gardens. We’re not quite ready to share it yet, but you can get on the waiting list to be the first to know when it is ready.
I love taking the guesswork out of the garden whenever possible. Mother Nature throws us enough curve balls to keep us on our toes. Planning the garden shouldn’t be one of them. I hope you’ll join me when the time comes. Stay tuned.