2012 Vegetable Garden Planning

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2011 Vegetable Garden

2011 Vegetable Garden

Last year I shared the plan for my vegetable garden with you (2011 Vegetable Garden Planning). In that post, I shared my vegetable garden plans from the last three years. Well, I thought I would share my plan for this year’s garden too…

2012 Vegetable Garden Plan

2012 Vegetable Garden Plan

Planning the vegetable garden is important, and it helps take the stress out of planting. Plus, I think it’s really fun to look back at all my vegetable garden plans from previous years to see how it’s progressed. This years theme is trying to utilize as much space as possible. I built new arch trellises for my beans and cucumbers, and a large arch for my squash. This way I will be able to plant cold weather vegetables under the arches, and harvest those before the climbers are mature. I will also be able to get my second crops of these cold weather vegetables planted earlier under the shade of the climbers.

2011 Vegetable Garden

2011 Vegetable Garden

I’m going to take garden planning into my other gardens this year too. I have never planned a flower garden bed before, so it will be fun. I have some thinning that needs to be done in my large garden bed and I’m planning a new bed in the front. I will fill the new bed with plants I thinned from the large perennial garden. First, I will make a list of all the plants that need to be thinned, then I will be able to come up with a plan. I will share that plan with all of you once it’s done, and of course I will share the results of my planning once the bed is all planted. I can’t wait to start planning.

Update: Check out my perennial relocation project to see the plan I created for a new perennial garden.

Large Perennial Garden

Large Perennial Garden

I’m thinking I should get some graph paper and attempt to start drawing these plans to scale. I haven’t used graph paper since high school. Anyone else use graph paper – any tips? Whew, it’s going to be a busy summer… but that’s nothing unusual.

 



 

Comments

  1. says

    I tried graph paper but gave it up. I use a large art/sketch pad, so there's plenty of room for drawings and notations and it stays all in one place. It's not always precise in terms of scale, but it works for me.

    • says

      Good to know about the graph paper. I think I would have to practice and there would be several modifications. I don't know if I have time for all that. Sounds like your drawings are similar to mine.

      Amy

  2. says

    Oh, goody! It's time to get serious about veggie garden planning. I'm so jealous–you have a nice big plot! I have a very small garden in the sun. The rest of my garden plots are too shady for veggies. I'm like you–I like the informal method. Enjoy!

    • says

      Yes, but the neighbors trees are getting bigger every year and last summer, I discovered that the back half of the vegetable garden doesn't get as much sun as it used to. So I tried to put the shade tolerant cold weather veggies in the shadier area, and the sun lovers in the front. I may need to figure out a new spot for my vegetable garden soon, as the trees continue to grow.

      Amy

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