Planning Your Garden or Thoughts about

Planning your garden for the next season can add to the joy of gardening. Planning allows for new ideas and emphasizing what works well.

Greetings fellow gardeners,

Planning a garden is difficult as you decide to do it. A simple list of points can be your plan or a map made to scale of all your garden rooms. I like to be somewhere in the middle. Planning your garden for the next season doesn’t have to be a pain; it can be an addition to the joy of that gardening. Your plan allows you to introduce new ideas and consolidate those features that worked well.

Too many cats and I are watching snowflakes swirl down, and fat fuzzy sapphire jays touch sunflower seeds on a tree. Winter has really come. Soon, many seed catalogs that I like to browse will start appearing in my inbox, so I want to start my garden plans.

After lunch, when the warmth of the wood stove softens too many cats, I get out of my square paper, pencils, black pen and markers. I am making an approximation on paper of the true size of my garden, but if desired, you can assign a numerical value to the squares. For example, a square may represent a foot or perhaps thirty centimeters. It’s easier for me to divide my garden into rooms. A front garden is a room, as well as a side garden and so on.

Front and back gardens

Let’s start with the front garden. I have a map of existing cedar trees, roses, water feature, lilac, forsythia, and cherry bush. I’m doing an overview of what I had in this garden last summer. Basically he had pots of tomatoes, as he had for some time, and it was time to turn those tomatoes into another area. I usually like to change the arrangement of tomatoes so that they do not provide a permanent environment for fungal ailments and pests. Every little help!

The positive aspect of this garden is that while the cedars are along the back, there is full sun next to the front. While it’s perfect for tomatoes, it’s also perfect for other sunny vegetables.

The disadvantage of this garden is that it is almost the entire cedar root, which makes direct digging difficult. This garden works best with pots.

Vegetables in pots

Then I need to decide which vegetable I will grow in these pots. Having decided on a vegetable, I need to see if I have seeds for it, collected this summer or additionally in a package. If I don’t have any seeds, I will write a request for seeds on my order card. I still have last year’s catalogs and access to online companies, so I can find the seeds I want. Don’t forget to get seed orders by mid-January if possible so you can get whatever you want.

It would seem I have a lot of work in front of me as I have more than a few garden rooms on the map. I have a map at the ready, and I’m also enjoying a little dream of next summer’s garden. Enjoy your week.