Most people think that the first step in gardening is tilling the soil, but it isn’t. You’ve got to plan first.
Now there are two really important reasons for planning your garden on paper before you put a spade in the ground. And the first is; with planning it tells you exactly how many plants or how many packages of seed you need.
Now this is cabbage, looks pretty small, doesn’t it? But it supposed to be planted eighteen inches apart in rows two feet apart. Twenty-seven of them will almost fill the whole garden. And on the back of every package of seed, there’s planting information.
How far apart are the seeds within the row? How deep do you plant them? And how far apart are the rows? It’s all right there on the package. And that’ll help you with your planning as well.
A second big reason for keeping a record on paper from year to year is to help insure that we rotate our crops. Crop rotation can cut down on disease incidents. But even more important, we as gardeners know that some crops like beans and peas add nitrogen to the soil.
Other crops like tomatoes or Cole crops or corn take nitrogen from the soil. And we want to alternate their locations in the garden to keep the soil healthy.
When it comes to gardening, you reap what you sow. “So,” plan ahead!
Vegetable Garden Planning Quick Tips
- By planning, you know how many plants and how many packages of seed you need.
- Information on the back of seed packages will help you with planning.
- Planning helps insure that your crops are rotated.