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 religiously 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.
I’m also doing a semi-blind grow test this year. Every seed packet I 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 in close proximity to one another. I did this so that I can evaluate which companies had the best success rates so I can focus my purchases in the future.
Planning design around plant spacing
I then designed each flower bed based on the spacing requirements of each variety.
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 seedlings I have remaining in the spring. Start dates, number of seeds started, and potential sell-offs I keep track of as well.
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.