Tips for planning your Garden!
Start planning your garden now!!
As I look out my back window on this crisp evening and see my garden area, I envision late summer nights with a blooming garden displaying every variety of vegetables that I can think of. But my blissful thoughts of summer are quickly interrupted by the fact that at the end of the summer last year we ended up giving away over half of our harvest to neighbors, family, and friends, and anyone who would accept it! In reality, I didn’t plan as well as I should have. So, for this year, I am planning the garden boxes carefully and taking tips from The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible book, and I wanted to share it with you as well!
Decide how and where you will plant.
Raised beds, in-ground rows, barrels, etc. Having a plan for the space you’ll have will help you to decide what and how much you will want to plant. Here are some great starter kits available now so you can get them ready!
Greenes Cedar Raised Garden Kit – $79.95 & FREE Shipping!
Greenland Gardener 8-Inch Raised Bed Double Garden Kit – $65.43 & FREE Shipping!
Tiered Resin Raised Garden Kit – $81.00 & FREE Shipping!
Grow what you’ll eat.
When I first started my garden I wanted to grow things that were easy to maintain. So, even though zucchini is INCREDIBLY easy to grow, it doesn’t mean that I need 4 bushes of them….just 1.(Because my kids will only eat so much of it before asking for something else altogether.) On the other hand, I learned that we need more cantaloupe plants this year since our family can eat a melon per meal…and they don’t grow tired of that tasty treat!
Grow what saves you money.
I love squash. My family loves squash. So in the summer and fall, we eat a lot of it. But, if I run out and need to grab one at the store, I quickly change my menu plan because it’s so much more expensive to buy it!! Squash will last a long time if stored correctly and will save you a bundle in the winter months. In fact, I just pulled out a butternut squash from my fall harvest and I’m serving it up tomorrow with Meat Loaf – Yumm!!
Ask around and know what your neighbors grow.
Gardening is a great way to get to know your neighbors! If you are seeing a certain type of potato or beans that grows well in your neighbor’s garden, chances are, they’ll grow well in your garden too! It also makes a fun opportunity to share harvests. I have traded my veggies (remember all that zucchini?) for onions, beets, and much more!! Gardens can bring communities closer as you share in saving money and growing healthy food!
Decide what you’ll want to do with your harvest.
This is a big one for me this year. I am wanting a huge harvest of tomatoes this year because it’s my plan to make and can all of our spaghetti sauce, salsa, diced & stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce for the year. So, with knowing that this is my plan I need to set aside a good portion of the garden beds.
Overall, having a plan is important because it helps you to focus your time, attention, and energy in the right direction! Get started today, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a plentiful harvest.
Try out these Gardening gloves – I have them and LOVE them!
G & F Women’s Garden Gloves, 6 Pair Pack, assorted colors. – $10.75
This is the Book I mentioned! It’s a GREAT resource with lots of tips and tricks in it!
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible – $9.48 (Kindle Edition) / $14.17 (Paperback)