Garden planning

Hey Y’all!!! It’s that time again!!! Time to start planning this years garden!! I can’t wait to try out my new in ground garden!! Since at our old house I could only do container gardening due to the hills and trees I’m very excited about this years garden being in the ground. So let the planning begin!!

I recommend getting a notebook for your gardening ideas and plans. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one, I get mine from the Dollar Tree. As you think about what you want to grow or how you want to setup your garden just jot it down in your book. I also set aside the first couple pages for information that can be used for reference, like the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. That always confuses me!!

As you plan your garden try to draw your garden plot. Knowing how big your plot is helps a lot, with that information you can sketch out on paper or even make it on the computer and print it out. To make sure each plant has enough room I make my sketch’s in to a square foot plot. Since this year I have a 8ft by 8ft plot , I’ve marked off every foot with twine, leaving me with a 64 square foot plot. Then you can write in what plants you want where and other information like trellises and foot paths. From there it’s a lot easier to see what your planning.

One thing to keep in mind when figuring out where you are going to put your plants, is how do the plants get along also called companion plants. Companion plants are plants that when planted close to each other will benefit each other is some way, whether it’s protection from pest or putting nutrients back in the soil, there many different ways that planting companions can help your garden. But just like everything else were there’s a good there’s a bad! Some plants shouldn’t be planted near each other, usually it’s due to the fact that they both use the same nutrients from the soil and it becomes a competition for survival. A good book to read is called Carrots love tomatoes and you can get it used on EBAY for under 5 dollars.

In each square foot you can plant a different number of seeds depending on what your planting there. Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squashes, and okra are some of the plants that you should only plant one seed per square foot. I found this years ago on the internet and it’s a good guide for how many seeds should be planted in a square foot.Have fun and play around with your gardening plans, theres no rush to complete it right away. One last tip before you start planting is check when your area normally has its last frost. Some plants can tolerate a frost and some cold weather, but most can’t and it’s best to plant them about 2-4 weeks after the last frost when the soil has warmed up. Here’s a good website to look up your frost date.

Thank you for reading and I hope your garden grows with love and happiness!! If you would like to donate to help my garden grow it would be greatly appreciated! Just click the link above! 🌱Happy growing

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