(And what I’m doing about it.)
Anyone who knows me for the procrastinator that I am, probably won’t believe this, but I’ve already got my garden planned for this coming season. The seed catalogs came, I saw all the yummy fruits and veggies I could possibly plant, and I then I conquered that sh*t. My seeds are even already in the mail!
But I have a dirty little wannabe homsteader secret…
This is our second year officially planting a large garden, with the goal of fresh and canned fruits, veggies and sauces. Year one was kind of a mess. Okay, it was really a mess. We moved onto the property about this time last year. We started planning and preparing the garden plot late in the season, didn’t get things into the ground until the end of June, and had what I would generously consider to be a minimal harvest (though we did put away 19 pints of delicious tomato sauce). 😀
Instead of trying to juggle all the planning myself this year, I’m using a virtual garden planner from Territorial Seeds (which is where I happen to have bought my seed). I’m pretty excited. I think/hope it’ll help me stay on track this year.
Right now, it’s looking a little something like this:
(That weird peach line is the gate, the round thing is a tractor tire for growing root vegetables (THANKS voles, you nasty creatures), and yes, you’re reading it right, I’m not growing potatoes this year.)
This particular planner (supposedly) takes into account the growing space needed by each type of plant you’re planning to grow, which is pretty cool. This way, I don’t have to figure out all my own spacing. It then takes all the info you give it in the “mapping stage” and puts it into a spread sheet with the quantity of each plant, indoor and outdoor planting times, harvest times, and what spacing you’ll need. It even logged my new irrigation supply list, after I mapped it out to scale. (not shown)
All in all, it was A LOT of work to design, but it took away a lot of the guess work and extra steps, and I think it’ll really streamline the gardening process this year.