Creating a bountiful garden full of delicious, fresh, produce is easy with the right vegetable garden planning.
When springtime comes it can be tempting to take all of your seed packets with their lush photographs on the front, out to your garden and start sowing. But it’s the wrong thing to do. You need a good plan to work to, it will save you lots of time and frustration later on.
When you plan out a garden you are able to group together plants that grow well together and make sure that plants which can harm each other are kept far apart.
Another advantage of making a plan is that you can easily see where you’ll be able to catch crop. Catch cropping is where you plant something that grows fast in amongst slower growing plants. It’s a great way to get more food out of the same space.
Remembering exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it can be difficult when you are growing a large selection of vegetables. So one of the most important aspects of good vegetable garden planning is making a list showing important sowing, planting and harvesting dates for each of your plant varieties. You don’t want to sow something too early or too late or worse still not at all. Your list will keep you on track.
Mankind has cultivated vegetables for a long, long time and our forefathers who had the greatest success with their gardens were the ones who made plans. Whether they had stored their schedule in their heads or made plans on paper over the long winter months, once spring came rolling in, they were ready to put their plans into action.
To be perfectly frank with you, when I started out growing a vegetable garden I didn’t work to a plan. I was eager to get outside and start planting. Well I learned my lesson the hard way, planting crops without the right spacings which left them overcrowded and struggling for space. It also forced me to pick my way through crops because I had forgotten to leave pathways. I’ve put plants together which don’t grow well in one another’s company, namely potatoes and tomatoes, which should never be planted side by side because of their ability to pass diseases to each other.
I quickly realized that not taking the time to make a plan was foolish and vegetable garden planning was something that I needed to get to grips with. My first plans were drawn up on paper and they took me a while to put together properly, but luckily technology has come to the rescue with online planners that take all of the guesswork out of the planning process. A really helpful feature for someone like me with a large garden to plan are the crop rotation alerts. The system alerts me if I try to plant something in a spot where it won’t grow well, due to the previous years occupant.
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