Vegetable Garden Plans
If you want a bumper harvest you need a plan for your vegetable garden!
Vegetable garden plans are really for the whole year, not just when you are starting a garden. Yes, you need a plan of where you want to plant things, companion planting and growing herbs. But you also need to consider planning when to plant, to harvest, to sow seeds, to weed and prune etc. if you want the best results. If you have a small space to grow in then this is doubly important to make the most efficient use of your growing area.
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The very first thing to do when making your vegetable garden plans, is
to ask around your local area and find out some information like:
- Is there an organic growers club in your area?
- Where do other organic gardeners buy their seedlings?
- What grows well and what doesn't in your area.
- Are there any unusual weather patterns in your area eg a wet or dry season, frosts etc.
- Is the soil a specific type - heavy clay, sandy etc
- How do these gardeners get around these special circumstances?
- When does your main growing season start, eg spring?
Positioning Your Garden
best vegetable garden plans allow for sufficient sunlight, so choose a
spot in your garden that will receive at least 8-11 hours of direct
sunlight - or at least in the main growing season. If it receives less
than that, then the garden will be experimental and you will probably
need to plant more cool season crops.
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Get a vegetable planting
guide for the seasons in your area and use this for the timing of
planting your crops. Never plant crops that aren't suited to the season.
In your vegetable garden design, include growing herbs and companion planting to achieve the best results.
- Make a plan of your garden on paper to begin with and date it. I
keep a journal so I can record what does and doesn't work from year to
year. Mark out with rope, string or a hose the actual vegetable garden
and mow it down very low so you can SEE it.
- Order your seeds if
you are growing any from seed. If you are going to grow everything from
bought seedlings (but I suggest you try some of the easy ones from seed)
source the best ones in your area.
- Dig your beds using the double-dig method in "How to Grow More
Vegetables..." I cannot stress enough how important the double-dig
method is, so if you can do this one set-up task. Subsequent digs become
much, much easier. Get some people to help you if you need it! If your
ground froze during winter wait to do the dig in early Spring.
any trellises for growing climbing vegetables, and make or buy a
mini-greenhouse for raising your seeds. You will be starting the seed
while the nights are still cold so it will need to be in a warm
sheltered spot. If your winter is cold, the greenhouse will need to be
enclosed in glass or plastic to contain some warmth.
- Water the seeds and seedlings so they never dry out completely.
- Start the compost with grass clippings from the dig, vegetable scraps and weeds.
- If your ground froze during winter, do your dig now the soil is thawed.
your spring germinating seeds and use some early fruiting and later
fruiting varieties for continuous harvest. Plant some seeds later than
the first set to continuous harvest. Leaf lettuce will mature earlier,
so plant them plus some head varieties.
- Plant seedlings of greens like spinach, silver beet and lettuce.
- Plant any cool weather crops in early spring. For any hot weather crops, wait until mid-spring to put them into the ground.
- Plant your summer crops using your seasonal planting guide.
- Now you will have to do some daily maintenance. Water and weed as needed.
- Harvest leaf lettuce, spinach, silver beet a few leaves at a time, and other fruiting plants as they grow. Enjoy your harvest.
- If your winters are not too cold, plant your cool weather and winter crops at the end of summer.
- Harvest your summer crops and do any preserving, bottling, pickling etc. Waste nothing!
- Return the spent plants to a new compost pile, along with fallen leaves, lawn clippings and any other garden waste.
So that's your yearly vegetable garden plans!
This is where you begin to get the feeling of cycling with the seasons - stay in tune.