Y’all, I’m reeeeeady for SPRING! I wanna get some seeds in the ground!
It is no secret around my house that after Christmas day is over, I’m ready for warmer temps to arrive. To me, without the Christmas season there’s just no point to winter. And yes, that’s coming from a Floridian…I make no excuses. I grew up 10 minutes away from a beach, what more can you expect from this sunshine lovin’ girl?
As grumpy as I tend to get in the winter, it’s not lost on me that we have it pretty good. Our last frost this year is March 16th, much earlier than many places. So while I wait for that most blessed day of the year, I’ve been planning my garden.
Everyone has their own methods for organizing and as this is only my second season gardening, I’m still figuring out what works for me. But I thought I’d share some of the resources I’ve found and how I’ve set up my garden planning notebook this year.
The framework of my garden planning binder is based on this free printable garden planner. It’s really pretty and clean looking, and it has just about everything you might want in your planner from planning, harvesting, maintenance and more. I printed out the sections I thought I would most likely use and then went from there.
To augment the free printable garden planner, I added this square foot garden planting guide. It’s really handy to keep it in the garden planning section of the binder so I can quickly and easily refer to it as I mapped out the garden beds.
Next came this list of how much to plant to feed a family of 4. Now if you have a smaller or larger family obviously adjustments will be needed but I wanted to have this rough guide to get me started. As the years go by I’ll be able to make a better guess as to what our family’s needs will be, but for now I’m glad to have this as a guide to use as I decide how much to plant.
Another really important thing for me to add to my garden planner was the vegetable planting guide from my local ag extension office. If you live in Florida, this is the list you’ll want to use, as it shows planting dates for the three main growing regions in Florida. Wherever you live, check with your extension office for a similar list, it’s so useful to have while planning your garden.
Lastly I have the invoices from my seed purchases so I can keep track of which seed varieties I have without having to spread all my seed packets around….ehem, gardeners with toddlers know what I mean.
And that brings me to the star of the show…the SEEDS.
Seeds, glorious seeds. So much hope and potential in those tiny little things. I love ’em!
I’ve gotten quite a little collection going of a variety of heirloom seeds, and some of my favorites so far are from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. I had fantastic germination rates from them last year! And lucky for you, Annie’s Heirloom Seeds has graciously sent me a Beginners Garden Bundle of 5 different heirloom vegetable varieties to give to one of you, my lovely readers. The winner will receive a seed packet of each of the following:
I am thrilled to be able to offer these to you guys and hopefully brighten your winter a bit. Because is there anything better than new seeds to get you through the last bits of winter??
You have several chances to earn entries to win, and the giveaway will remain open until February 28th. I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on March 1st. Good luck!
***I seem to be having some technical issues. But you CAN enter the giveaway, just click the link above. I apologize for the extra step. I’m working on a solution 🙂 ***