In the Garden

 

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. We started late in the season, got everything planted late, and had a minimal harvest- though we did put away 19 pints of delicious tomato sauce. πŸ˜€

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’m buying my seed this year). I’m pretty excited. I think 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, and yes, you’re reading it right, I’m not growing potatoes this year, if you must know.)

 

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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)

 

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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.