Garden Planning: Planning Your “Potential”


Tags: Garden, Planning, Seed,

A photo of Drew OdomIf you are anything like me you find this time of year to be stifling, frustrating and sometimes completely overwhelming. The rain never seems to end. The sun seems to take hiatus and leave us with nothing but lackluster dirt and plants who can’t even muster enough energy to be a pretty brown. They are dull and lifeless moving inertly in the cold breeze offering little that is thrilling or inspiring. But as my Facebook page gets weighed down by people’s images of fleeting winter wonderlands and no-school days due to snow, I find myself dreaming about cucumbers and English ivy; a garden so green even Marvell is taken by its beauty.

“No white nor red was ever seen / So am’rous as this lovely green.”

And so this past weekend my wife and I sat down with some tea and a few leftover niblets and began to plan this years “potential.”

Garden Plans with pen and computer

We talked about containers, raised beds, our existing landscape and what percentage of self-sustainability we were currently living in. We quickly decided to expand our main garden by another 98 square feet. We opted to remove our tomatoes from the garden bed and grow them instead in containers so as to move them around, if necessary.

Our seed catalogues had long been sitting next to the couch with dog-eared pages and post-it notes as well as highlighted items and notes in the margins. I have been staring at the pages long enough to know the scientific names of some plants I had never even seen before. Between Victory Garden, Main Street Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds we were confident we would have an even better garden than last year.

2/10/2010 6:43:01 PM

@Paul - Thank you so much for your compliments. While my memory is still pretty sharp, I completely believe in planning ahead and knowing what you need to do to maximize effort and investment. Sounds very methodical, I know, but it makes me happy and what good is gardening if it doesn't make you happy! Cheers!

Paul Gardener
2/10/2010 5:32:24 PM

Andrew, Very nice. I give a number of gardening classes every year and I can't stress enough how important I've found that taking the time to plan and to journal journal journal. I had to come to grips that my memory was not what I had hoped it was and have become a regular garden journal devotee. I like the detail you've put into it too. I bet it really helps you plan how it will look and you start to get a great picture of it in your head huh? I look forward to seeing how it pans out for you! Best of luck Paul~

2/4/2010 9:17:42 AM

@Sarah - I am so excited to "hear" your excitement for this years bounty. I hope you have a wonderful time planning things, dreaming, imagining all the possibilities. I know it will be awesome! Keep us posted, please.

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