Time To Plan Your 2013 Garden


Well, with the New Year approaching and the next couple of months bring hibernation. Now is the best time to plan your 2013 gardens. Planning your vegetable gardens in advance is so important for many reasons. Planning is very cost effective. When I first started growing vegetables I would look through the seed catalogs and get drawn into a frenzy of excitement with all the varieties and gorgeous pictures of perfect ripe veggies. I would order enough seed to plant 10 acres of a hundred different veggies when in reality I had one acre to work with and knowledge of about five vegetables. Having a realistic  plan of your available growing space is the first place to begin. Measure the perimeter of your entire growing space. Whether you plan to grow in row crops or in raised beds, knowing the total amount of space you have to work with is important. 

Next thing is to find a good garden planner tool. Now I have a friend who still uses the good old reliable notebook and pencil method. He simply draws a pencil drawing of his space, writes the measurements along the edges of the page and lays out in rows what he is planting in which location. He then keeps his notebooks from year to year for reference and remembrance of what worked and what didn't.

My garden planner tool is online. I have tried quite a few of the online planners and I have a reliable favorite that starts with a 30 day free trial and then has a $25 annual fee. It is wonderful and worth every penny of the fee.

You can find this planner at Grow Veg Garden Planner   

This planner will help you grow fruits and vegetables to the best of their ability, whatever the size or shape of your garden or plot.

With GrowVeg.com it is easy to draw out your garden plan and decide how best to plant it. The GrowVeg.com Garden Planner software shows how much space plants require and how to group them for maximum success, removing the need to look up planting distances and crop families.

12/31/2012 7:54:35 PM

I always look forward to planning a garden each year. It's just fascinating to watch little seeds come to life and produce food or beautiful flowers! And now that we're endeavoring to put up as much of our own food as we possibly can each year, our garden planning has taken on even more significance. Can't wait to compare notes in the spring! Cheryl in Texas - A Wanna Be Pioneer (KC Farms on Facebook)

12/27/2012 11:11:40 PM

Susan, GRIT has a gardener planner that I have used for the last two years and heading into my third year. It sounds pretty much the same as the one you describe and for the same price. The planner will help you find the first and last frost dates for your area. An email will come every couple weeks telling me what can be started from seeds indoors and later when it can be planted in the garden or when the seeds can be directly planted in the garden. The garden beds can be carried over from one year to the next and does tell you about crop rotation by flashing red when planning the beds where similar crops grew last year. I find that information very helpful. GRIT's garden planner is at this link. http://www.grit.com/garden-planner/food-garden-planner.aspx My issue is that planning doesn't quit until the seeds actually go into the ground. With the expansion into a much bigger garden this last year, I'm able to have crops that take much larger space like pumpkins, watermelon, and sweet corn. Nice :0) Have a great planning day.

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