How to Create a Planting Plan for Year-Round Food Abundance | Complete Guide

How to Create a Planting Plan for Year-Round Food Abundance | Complete Guide – Use code YOUTUBE20 to get 20% off the Productive Planting Plan Online Course. Get your notepads out because in this video I will show you how to create a vegetable garden planting plan to ensure food abundance throughout the year. Very often gardeners create a yearly plan but this makes it very hard to capture change through the months and plan for succession sowing. Here is the contents list I mentioned so you can re-navigate the video easily after watching:
-Benefits and context of a monthly plan 0:33
-What about crop rotation? 4:52
-Creating the outline 5:45
-Adding helpful keys 6:46
-List your staple crops 7:59
-Optional research 9:21
-Starting with the first month 10:12
-Continuing with the months 12:45
-When it’s time for succession planting 15:06
-Knowing where to stop and tips 18:15
-Using a calendar 19:10

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I am so excited to share this video with you because it is something that I know will help so many of you unlock the ability to almost instantly improve your succession planting and food abundance from your garden. And I am going to start it off by giving you the golden bit of information which is this:
Don’t create an annual planting plan. Instead, create a simplified month-to-month plan and there are so many benefits to this and I have been using this method for a couple of years now and I tell you, the thought of moving back to an annual plan after seeing how amazing this type of plan is, fills me with horror.

I know monthly may sound like a lot of work but trust me when I say it is so much easier than you think. In this video you will also learn how to transfer the tasks and steps in your planting plan onto a calendar, so you have the most efficient, and perhaps the easiest way of staying organised and in control this year.

The issue with an annual plan is that is it very hard to see the change of the garden throughout the year, and as a result it makes it very difficult to plan succession growing which is planting one crop as soon as another crop is harvested so you get two different crops from the same area, in the same year, thus maximising the food potential from a set space.

A monthly plan allows you to foresee future changes in your garden, such as when space becomes available. By being able to plan in a way that captures the change so easily, means that the potential from your garden increases right away, and at the end of the day, it makes life so much easier for you because all you need are quick glances to see what’s happening and to make sure you are on track.

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  1. Christiane R'ardt on November 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    This sounds like a really practical and good working planning. I try for my next year planning and see how it works for me. Thank you for sharing this idea!

  2. Gene Genie on November 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Love it 😊

  3. Лариса Чупрова on November 4, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Когда будут уже субтитры!????😕

  4. Pieter Wachters on November 4, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, how do you know when to start growing indoors and when to start transplanting them outdoors? Ofcourse if the plants are big enough you transplant them but how do you know in advance?

  5. Gem McMinn on November 4, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    This is super helpful thank you, I’m just confused why you transplant the leeks and kale from one bed to another? Sorry it’s my first time!

  6. D Torrice on November 4, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Best gardening channel on youtube. I always learn something. Thank you, Huw!

  7. Annie Gaddis on November 4, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    What software are you using?

  8. rjtjtckt on November 4, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Have been a fan for about 6 months and have just found this video and found it so uplifting! Being retired for 3 years and now I am HAVING to try growing our own food I was so anxious on where to start and in what order until seeing this. Due to health reasons it was unlikely I would be able to DIG a garden so when I came across Huw and Co talking about no dig it has given me a new enthusiasm for gardening. I have 2 dalek compost bins already full so will start off with 1 or 2 beds of cardboard on grass and compost. Please keep them coming.

  9. ronald francis on November 4, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    BRILLIANT!!. Huw, have just started watching your vid’s. You deliver them in such a great way/manner that you seem to never forget the begginor!. The simple tips, the planning, no waste system, always full of of ideas and so on and so on. You are truly up there with the Greats!. Long may you continue to bring us more damn good vid’s. Take care.

  10. Patricia Hogg on November 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Huw!! 🌻🌻🌻

  11. C Chivers on November 4, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Why should a ‘no-dig’ garden mean less crop rotation? I thought one rotated crops to avoid nutrient depletion?

  12. kat VeeBee on November 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    This is awesome. I’m super organized by nature, and this method makes my soul sing. I’m gonna try it tonight!

  13. Michael Shakib on November 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    This is such a good video.

  14. Jayne Dowdeswell on November 4, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks very much for this video Huw!👍😊
    Please could you give some advice on how best to cope with slugs and snails. Is no dig beneficial for this? All my 30 young cabbages have been eaten and it is soul destroying ☹️! I did use wildlife friendly slug pellets aswell.

  15. M Houff on November 4, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I started my gardening experience last year in pots and with mostly herbs and a few simple vegetables. This year I’ll be moving to a few raised beds (I’ve already watched your videos on this) and will be adding a few more vegetables to my repertoire. I picked up the idea of creating a "garden journal" from another channel and have been detailing the plants I want to grow and how I can best organize them. Now I will also be looking at having a "monthly gardening plan" as well. A question comes to mind of what to do for plants if there is a lot of smoke in the air. In Washington state, USA, we experience a "fire-season" almost every year and last year I found my plants wilting very quickly and somewhat seemed to stunt in growth. Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much for sharing your tips, tricks, and pointers. I’ll be referencing back along the journey. Happy growing!

  16. Kicking Horse on November 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    This is a ridiculous amount of valuable information.

  17. Rashmi Endenburg on November 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I love the simplicity and transparancy of this approach.

  18. Heather Jolly on November 4, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I had to google corgettes what a lovely word for what we call Zucchiini!

  19. Suzi Gilmore on November 4, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I usually map my garden for spring, summer, fall-winter (I use my greenhouse, a hoop house, and cold frames). But I am trying to transition this year to a more productive plan–with succession and intercropping. The challenge for me is to plan ahead–what transplants do I need to go in next? It’s tricky when you’ve not done it before. I made a master list on Excel with all the info I need for each plant. I want to put that into this planting plan. I think this is the next piece of the puzzle I need. Thanks for such excellent videos! I’m always learning something new from you!

  20. D Gunnison on November 4, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    You have eased my anxiety level a great deal. Thank you. You are very informative and easy to follow.

  21. APROA AJC on November 4, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    It is a brilliant video, thank you so much but how come at the start, the leeks and kale barely take up a quarter of the salad bed but when the potatoes go out they take up a full bed each?

  22. Fazar Aabith on November 4, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Can I know which country u are from 😃

  23. Alison on November 4, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome thanks. New veggie gardener who is flumoxed. Seeds everywhere 😂

  24. CBAK on November 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Exactly what I needed. Thanks Huw

  25. Anna L on November 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm


  26. Rachel Roelands on November 4, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Would it work to sow lettuce then interplant with bush beens. Then in August clear the bed and plant either carrots or peas?
    Im in zone 6b. I’ve never tried to grow more than one crop in the same spot in one season. It hurts my head a bit to figure it out. Would I direct sow all these things, or start them in module trays?

  27. Huw Richards on November 4, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Due to the huge popularity of this method I have turned it into a 10 lesson online course which goes into a lot more detail on how to create a monthly planting plan, and features extras such as my master sowing list which I use to guide me when filling a planting plan. Find out more about the course here: & use coupon code YOUTUBE20 to get 20% off!

  28. Yukey on November 4, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    I am a long term gardener. This is so simple and brilliant! It is March, and seed starting time, so the monthly garden plan is in the works!

  29. shelly a on November 4, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Absolutely brilliant, but I am technically challenged when it comes to this kind of stuff! Can you please explain what you used to make the diagram and how to have a new one each month? Anyone?

  30. Jonica Beird on November 4, 2022 at 9:29 pm


  31. thekokoil on November 4, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I started a balcony vegetable garden last year. I only have 2 huge containers that get lots of sun light, the other being smaller buckets where I have strawberries, or bigger more shaded containers.
    I plan on planting my tomatos and cucumber in the same containers as last year (the 2 big sunny ones).

    As I cannot move the raised beds, could rotating the soil be an option?

    I do have some "life" in my soil : insects and larvae + I use bokashi to fertilize (so I have to dig anyway to bury the bokashi compost).

    Do you think I would get more benefits or risks if I try to rotate the soil?

    Thank you for all the informations you share in your inspiring videos.

    Hugs from France!

  32. joy JS on November 4, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you so much Huw. You have completely demystified the whole succession thing. I was losing the will to live with the bare soil patches in my my little plot for long periods of time. I watched many of your video on no dig, as a gardener of 64 I needed to change my usual tack and make things easier for myself. I couldn’t bare not growing things. No dig works really well for me and it so much easier to spread successions in a smaller area, but the mixing of crops and knowing when to sow things a ready to transfer wasn’t very synchronized. I feel truly enlightened, see your never to old to learn. Keep up the good work, as i’m very interested to see how the chop and drop goes.

  33. Nam Thomson on November 4, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks again xHuw

  34. John Sheppard on November 4, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    just read the seed packet

  35. Emily Messenger on November 4, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Hi I’m looking to start a community kitchen garden in a small area in our town Alton in Hampshire next spring which has some room to extend if the project is a success. Any advice would be very welcome such as the best crops to grow to inspire local families to grow at home too and things that are easy but fun for families to help grow in our garden 🤩

  36. Nancy LoveLeafyGreens on November 4, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    A monthly plan makes it "sow sow easy" 🙂

  37. Paula ‘PJ’ Clark on November 4, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you 😊

  38. Arline Jernigan on November 4, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I am a brand new beginner with gardening. In fact, I have not started gardening yet, I am researching and watching people like you to learn and become inspired. How do I actually begin from nothing? Any ideas?

  39. Batty Bloomers on November 4, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    This is amazingly helpful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge! I love your videos!

  40. Rebecca Fowles on November 4, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Love the hoodie 💚 this has been super helpful and very inspiring. I’m on my own with 18 veg beds so planning ahead is going to take some thought but this has kickstarted me into gear. Thank you x

  41. ivyrakestraw on November 4, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    What program are you using to create your templates? Just curious as it was never mentioned in the video. Thanks!

  42. Bonnie Stirk on November 4, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you. This was really helpful to a complete novice!!!

  43. Daniel Rosenthal on November 4, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    How do you know when to start your seeds and how Long they take before you can Transplant them. Than when you can harvest them to be able to have the next crop ready to transplant or direkt sowing?

  44. Suzi Q 1974 on November 4, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    What an amazing video. I am hoping thia method will calm my ovwrwhelmed brain! Thank you

  45. Patricia Hill on November 4, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    This is brilliant! I make a yearly plan every year, and it just becomes irrelevant because things don’t go by season. When did I plant, was the crop quick or slow with the weather, etc. So many things affect when what gets done. Monthly is so much more accurate and nimble! Thank you.

  46. Robert Davies on November 4, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Huw, a question. What software did you use for the graphics for the bed layout please? Thanks regards Robert.

  47. Lora DeWolfe on November 4, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks so much for your clear and concise teaching! Wish you were in Texas!!

  48. Rosen Gaertlein on November 4, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I love your videos…. Long I was searching for the best way planning my vegetable garden… This year I already realized many of your ideas… They were the missing link in my way of doing it.. so a warm thank you from austria

  49. Stacy Mizuguchi on November 4, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    This is super helpful! I’m moving to a new place and we’ll finally have a small tiny yard for gardening. I was feeling so overwhelmed with how to plan our garden and this helped so much! Thank you!

  50. Denise Njoroge on November 4, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Love Your Down To Earth Teaching With Sooo Much Practical Help..Also Bought Your Book….You Have Inspired Me By Taking Away All The Barriers and Giving People All The Possibilities That we Can Achieve Growing Our Own Vegetables.. Thank You Huw ..look forward to reading your book and gleaning from it.

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