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It is garden planning season, so with the planning comes vegetable garden planner printables. We are going to share our step-by-step garden plan with you as we know many of you loved to see what we were up to with our gardens in previous years, pictures from our garden growing indoors and out! It helps to see other’s gardens and plans to help you plan your own.
Yes, successful gardening takes planning. We are not master gardeners, but merely city dwellers that want to make the most of our budget and our yard to produce some fresh, homegrown, organic produce.
Several years ago, Alex created downloads for me to use to help me have an even more efficient and effective garden plan.
We have shared our plans in the past and along with those plans, we have shared our vegetable garden planner printables. We want you to be able to utilize these as well, no matter the type of gardening you are doing. Planning your garden on paper before helps to ensure a bit more success, along with saving the budget from not buying more than you need.
I have used these exact plans for years as they are simple enough to do the trick, while being effective at the same time.
So…. I am sharing these downloads he created for me with you too as you prepare and plant gardens this year! We want to provide tools and resources when we can to make this thrifty life a little easier. This is one of those tools!
A Little History About Our Gardens
For the past several years, we have shared our personal garden plans and lots of gardening tips and tricks. We love to garden and growing your own food could be a good way to save money.
So I want to share some ideas from our past years to help get the juices flowing for you!
Well, let me start off by saying that we switched to square foot gardening after a few years of rough gardening and rough results from “row” gardens. We struggled with using the actual ground as our soil. In our area, the soil is terrible, filled with clay and very high maintenance. Weeds, tough ground, terrible soil, etc. So we finally made that switch a few years ago and it was finally awesome!
We followed Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening Book. This is the EXACT one that we use!
You can see the details and information on this book on Amazon HERE.
So of course we are doing square foot gardening again. Not only is it low maintenance, but has very little weeds and nutrient rich soil for our food!
We also use Heirloom Seeds – I hope to harvest my own seeds to use again from these same plants!
Since one of the sheets from the vegetable garden planner printables set includes a square foot gardening planner, we thought it would be good to share how to build your own square foot garden box, because buying them is ridiculous!
In fact, at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s, you can buy a 4’x4′ garden box kit that does not include a bottom (and we share in the post why a bottom is helpful) for nearly $70. BUT…with a few simple tools and about 30 minutes of your time, you can build one for about $25 with the bottom. This saves you loads of money and makes for a better garden box.
The boxes were very easy to build and we shared the step-by-step DIY square foot garden box instructions in this post:
Now that I have shared our method that we prefer, the next step is planning. Note that you can use these vegetable garden planner printables for any method of gardening you prefer. Regardless, you need a plan!
Here’s the steps I follow to plan and plant a produce garden!
Step#1 – Figure out what varieties I want to plant!
- I use the Planting Schedule download and fill in the first line with the plant.
- Then using planting guides or on the seed packs themselves, decide which ones need to be started indoors and which ones are planted directly in the ground.
- I wait on the number of plants until another step. So I skip to the last section and write the start date based on when I want to harvest that food! Often, I will be starting seedlings and different intervals to have food coming in at different times and not all at once!
Step #2 – Complete the Companion Guide
- It is important to figure out which foods are friends and which ones are enemies – to put it in simple terms! This is called companion gardening and it is a simple, but very beneficial step to take to have a healthy, flourishing, bountiful garden!
- I use the Companion Guide download. In the first box, write the plant name. Then there are two sections – one for the “Friends” and one for the “Not’s.”
- To find the friends and not’s of planting together, I use Almanac.com or OrganicGardening.com sites.
Step #3 – Write out your plan
- Whether you are planting square foot gardens, rows or something else, it’s best to write it out so you don’t over or under plan.
- For square foot gardening, it’s easy to write it out! I just use the Square Foot Garden Planner download to write what food will be planted in each “foot” and then the number of seeds or plants to be planted in each square foot. You can research online how many of each type of plant can fit in a square foot, or use the official square foot gardening book which lays all of this out!
Step #4 – Finish the Planting Schedule
- Go back to the first download and now fill-in how many seeds you need to plant. It is best to add 10-20% more seedlings to plant as you will often lose some. Worst case, if they all sprout and grow, then give some of your seedlings to others and bless others! But this excess will hopefully make up for seeds the don’t sprout or plants that don’t turn out very healthy. So if I want 4 of something, I will plant 5 or 6, etc.
Finally, once you are all planned out…. get growing! Follow your “start dates” and start your seedlings!
We have several ideas for starting seedlings including these articles:
So here’s what we typical grow in any given year. We have 6 square foot garden boxes now. We also have a potato tower for potatoes. This is a great way to grow a bunch of potatoes in a small space.
But here’s what’s going in the boxes:
- 32 peas
- 4 Tomatoes
- 4 Cabbage
- 4 Kale
- 8 Cucumber
- 6 Broccoli
- 6 Cauliflower
- 4 Pepper
- 128 Carrots
- 32 Beans
- 32 Corn
- 4 Spaghetti Squash
- 36 Onion
- 4 Zucchini
- 4 Mixed Lettuce (this is one where you cut and it keeps regrowing)
- 4 Spinach
- 64 Radish
- 8 Watermelon
- 8 Cantaloupe
We already have a bunch of fruit all over our yard in the form of fruit trees and berry plants. So it makes for a nice, complete garden.
With the above plan, the seeds I needed to start in the house were:
The next question to answer is how to deal with the pests?
We actually have a number of articles on natural pest control, pest control ideas without the use of chemicals so you can technically keep your garden organic in nature.
To find these articles, head over to our Garden Gallery of Ideas
What are you growing this year?
Print off your Vegetable Garden Planner Printables
|< Download your Planting Schedule page HERE|
|< Download your Companion Gardening Planner page HERE|
|< Download your Square Foot Garden Planning page HERE|
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A well-planned vegetable garden is a productive vegetable garden, and our Garden Planner is the easiest way to create that perfect garden plan. Make the best use of the space you have, avoid wasting time or resources and start planning now for bumper harvests!
Planting Times Tailored to Your Location
Our Garden Planner helps you to plan your garden as efficiently as possible. Set your location and the planner looks up your first and last frost dates, based on your nearest weather station, and uses this to recommend planting dates and estimate harvest times.
The dates can also be adjusted to more accurately reflect your garden’s microclimate if necessary. If you grow in a hot climate you can split the growing season into two to avoid planting cool-season crops in the extreme summer heat.
Plan Like a Pro
The Garden Planner can help you to lay out your garden like a pro. Draw the position of paths, beds and containers, include vital components such as compost bins and water barrels, and mark the location of growing aids, for example irrigation lines and plant supports.
There are hundreds of different vegetables fruits, herbs and flowers to choose from. As you add your plants the Garden Planner calculates how many plants can be grown in that area without overcrowding them. While doing this the accompanying Plant List constantly updates to show you precisely how many plants you’ll need for each crop, their recommended spacings, and planting times, making sowing and planting accurate and eliminating wastage.
Every plan which includes Garden Objects also includes a Parts List of equipment – very handy when planning elements such as irrigation that have lots of component parts.
Square Foot Gardening
Prefer to grow your crops at a higher density using square foot gardening? The Garden Planner has this covered too. Simply switch to SFG mode and the planner will calculate how many plants may be grown in each square foot.
You can plan SFG and standard-spaced plants such as fruit bushes and larger vegetables on the same plan. Switch between SFG and normal spacings using the SFG button.
The Garden Planner is a powerful tool for planning succession planting, making it easier to grow even more. Specify when plants will be growing in your garden by double-clicking on the plant in your plan then setting its in-ground dates. View your plan month by month to check where and when gaps appear.
You can then use the Custom Filter button to the left of the plant selection bar to show only plants that can be sown or planted during a particular month to fill in the gaps in your plan. Diddy dirty money last train to paris zip.
You can also filter crops according to crop family or for helpful characteristics such as plants that are easy to grow, shade tolerant or suitable for fall planting or harvesting.
Maximize Your Growing Season
Using the accompany Plant List you can check how adding crop protection such as a cold frame will extend sowing and harvest dates – ideal when planning early or late-season vegetables and fruits.
When you pop a cold frame, row cover or other protection over a plant in your plan the Plant List immediately adjusts the period you can sow, plant and harvest, so you can plan for an even longer growing season!
Crop Rotation Made Easy
Create a Follow-on-Plan for next year and the Garden Planner helps you to avoid problems with pests and diseases by warning you anytime you try to place a plant in an area previously occupied by plants of the same crop family.
To create a follow-on plan, first open your current year’s plan, then click on New Plan in your plan’s toolbar. Select the follow-on plan option, choose which elements you wish to copy across, then click OK.
Easy Companion Planting
Another powerful tool is the Companion Planting feature. This very handy tool makes it easier than ever to find perfect matches for your plants. Simply select a crop, click on the heart-shaped Companion Planting button to the left of the plant selection bar, then choose from one of its companions now displayed in the selection bar. Genius!
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These are just a few of the many compelling reasons to subscribe to the Garden Planner. It’s easy to get clever with your planning. And the results will be bigger, better harvests. Give it a try this growing season and see the difference for yourself!