It’s another sunny and beautiful day here. A decent couple of snows would be welcome anytime so it would feel like winter. It has hardly been cold enough to use the wood burning stove. I savor the time we have to sit in front of the fire to read, sew, craft, chat, play games. I truly am enjoying the lovely winter we have had so far but in all honesty it concerns me a bit. Winter is not a bad thing and around these parts it’s even necessary. I’m thinking ahead to how many mosquitoes and gnats we will likely be dealing with later this summer because it may not have been cold/snowy enough to kill them off.
However, the sunshine is also really putting me in the mood to plan my garden!! So although I may end up dealing with way more cucumber beetles and vine borers this year, I’m going to make the best garden PLAN that I can. Nothing wrong with aiming high. Then we’ll just have to wait and see what the summer brings.
My favorite garden planner is the Gardener’s Supply Company website. They have the most simple and user-friendly planner I have come across yet. I used to use graph paper and pencil and while I tend to hold onto the “old fashioned” ways, this is one area where it is worth it to me to go digital. After each raised garden box is planned I number them to match the boxes outside, which are also numbered. Then I stick the papers into sleeves in a 3-ring binder. When I go out to plant I can easily date each box as it gets planted and keep track of where everything is. If something will be replanted after the first harvest I simply make a note on the appropriate sheet. The binder is kept in my garden bag by the door. In it I also keep things like scissors, pencil, bug spray, etc. so when planting time comes I just need to throw my seed packets in and I’m set.
Here is a sample of what you can do with the garden planner at Gardener’s Supply Company. I chose a 4 x 4 plot but you can make yours whatever size you need. You arrange your plantings as you wish and as you drag a plant into the spot it will put in a picture of exactly how many plants of that type you can plant in that 1×1 square. Saving me A LOT of time and mental energy to figure out planting instructions for each crop. Under that bed you will also get a list of planting instructions as you can see below. I only copied a couple over to here so you can get the idea.
Have you started planning your garden yet? If not, maybe this will get you motivated and simplify the process for you!