When I first started gardening, I kinda just threw seeds in the ground and hoped for the best. Garden plan? What’s that?
…and I got very sub-par results! What I didn’t really fully realize was how much garden planning impacted what my garden produced. So over the years I’ve gotten much better at garden planning, and I’ve gotten way better results!
I’ve found that there are just a few simple things that really make garden planning a breeze! Check out the video below to see me go through my whole garden planning process, step by step.
Your 5 Step Guide to an Amazing Garden Plan:
- Look at what your family is eating a lot of already. Does your family eat a ton of bell peppers?? Make note of that and be sure to plant several pepper plants! Does your family really not care for eggplant? Then don’t plant any! We try and grow a lot of what our family tends to enjoy, and for the rare or occasional types of produce, we’ll go to the farmers market or grocery store.
- Take a look at what you are good at growing, or at least have experience with. Use this to decide how big your garden will be (if that isn’t already set) and use it to determine how many new things you want to grow. If you are great at growing a lot of the stuff your family already loves, then go ahead and toss in an exotic or different plant you’ve never tried. In general, focus on the stuff you’re family will eat and get really good at that before you start trying to grow artichokes or something!
- Take a pencil to paper and draw out your garden, and put the veggies from your list into the garden. Try and take into account light and requirements for each plant when selecting where it will go. This is temporary, but it gives you a place to start adjusting from.
- Take a look at companion plants. I highly recommend THIS book to help with that. It helps you find companions for boosting plant growth, attracting good bugs and deterring bad ones. Use the companion guide to make any adjustments to your garden plan.
- Now that you’re happy with the veggies you’ve selected, where they are, and what companions you’ve selected to go there – it’s time to count! Figure out how many of each plant you’ll be growing (this will be quick if you’re garden is small) and then you’ll know how many seeds, or seedlings, you’ll need to buy!
It may take you a little while at first, but it’s so very worth the effort! I promise you’ll get better results than just tossing some seeds around like I basically did with my first garden! Ha! Plus the more you do this, the faster it will get, as you become more and more familiar with the plants you enjoy growing and the ones that do well in your zone.