Its that time again!! Or even a little past time if you live where I do… Its time to plan your garden! I’m actually a little behind on this one, but that’s basically the story of my (gardening) life. I finally got down to business this weekend and solidified my garden plan. I actually already have a few plants in containers, since my mom was on her game and started a few plants for me.
If you are thinking of starting a garden for the first time this year, I thought I’d walk through the garden planning steps I use every year.
Check your frost dates
The seed packet will tell you how many weeks before or after the average last frost to plant your seeds or when to start them indoors. Check the farmer’s almanac site to see when the last in your area. Mine is April 9th.
Start indoors or start outdoors?
Some plants do much better when they are started from seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the average last frost. Some plants do not do well being transplanted. The seed packet will tell you which is better, but this will help you plan ahead if you need to start seeds indoors a couple months early.
Container or bed?
If you saw my garden last year, I went with an all container garden because we got into our new house mid-Spring. It worked out really well, but there are definitely some things you can’t grow in a container. Check out this list of 66 things you can grow in containers.
I’m also getting a real garden bed this year! I’m pretty excited to grow cantaloupe, watermelon and sunflowers, things that definitely can’t be grown in containers.
How much space do you need?
The seed packet will tell you how far apart to plant your seeds or plants. Decide how many plants you want and plan the needed space out accordingly.
One easy way is to use a square foot garden, where each square foot has a different plant. I love these plans from Williams-Sonoma. How cool would it be to have a designated salsa garden or a salad garden?
Those are the four things I look at when I’m planning out my garden each year.
I already have some kale and lettuce in containers since they can handle cold temperatures, but the rest of my tentative garden plan is:
Cherry tomatoes (container)
Bush tomatoes (container)
Bell peppers (container)
Are you planning on growing anything this year? If so, what?