Small farm flower bed planning process

Christina from Primrose Creations breaks down her flower farm flower bed planning process.

As promised, I’m breaking down how I plan my gardens! I apply the same method to my vegetable garden but this can be applied to any farm planning. This was the first year I did 80% of it through my laptop rather than in a notebook. I’ll spare you the toddler drawings and show you the good stuff!

Preparing to plan

Before I plan where any plants are going, I take the time to purchase whatever seeds I need. I honestly purchase seeds based on what gets my attention rather than holding myself to certain amounts of certain varieties. Believe it or not, it makes the placement of each plant in the garden a lot easier. The remaining 20% of my planning was done in a few notebooks.

I tend to carry four notebooks and my laptop. Each one serves a different purpose so I know exactly where to look for any information I may need. I ended up investing my time upfront into researching every single flower variety I was attracted to from several catalogs and wrote it in a notebook. From there, I narrowed down what I wanted and from where. This research has made the rest of the planning process easier because I can get all of the information I need in one place rather than searching through different books and websites.

Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.

I’m also doing a semi-blind grow test this year. Every seed packet I’ve received, I removed the seeds and placed them in a white envelope. On the front, I wrote the color and variety of its contents and on the back, I wrote when to start and/or transplant and what company they were purchased from. That has allowed me to place colors and varieties together that made sense rather than unintentionally planting seeds from the same company. I did this in order to evaluate which companies had the best success rates.

Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.

Planning design around plant spacing

I then designed each flower bed based on the spacing requirements of each variety.

Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.
Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.
Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.
Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.

Planning to succeed

Finally, I decided to start double the amount of seeds I’d need to account for poor germination and disease. The intention is to sell remaining seedlings in the spring. I keep track of start dates, the number of seeds started, and potential sell-offs.

Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.

I am a firm believer in streamlining processes so there is zero guesswork. Some may call it OCD, I say I’m just a typical Taurus! So there you have it, my crazy organized way of planning our gardens.

Small farm flower bed planning broken down by Christina from Primrose Creations.
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Christina from Primrose Creations breaks down her flower farm flower bed planning process.

2 thoughts on “Small farm flower bed planning process

  1. I have a very similar spreadsheet I use as well. Love hearing about how you plan your garden – it’s great to get new ideas! Sending you lots of good vibes for healthy germination rates!

    1. Thanks, so far things are starting off good! Glad to hear I’m not the only crazy organized plant lady. Hope you guys dry out soon!

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