The snow has melted and things are starting to spring to life here in MN. Before you know it, we’ll be busy planting our vegetables! That means it’s time to get going on planning the vegetable garden. If you haven’t taken the time to do this yet, then get out some paper and a pencil and take a few minutes to sit down and do it – it’s well worth the time. (don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be this fancy… keep reading)
Planning out my vegetable garden each year has helped me to be consistent with what I plant. I keep all of my vegetable garden plans so that I can easily sit down and plan it out every year so I know what I’m going to plant and where, and I don’t have to think about it when it comes time for planting. Here’s last years vegetable garden plan… 2014 Vegetable Garden Planning
Having it all planned out ahead of time totally takes the stress out of planting, since you already know where everything will go. Plus, once you know how much room you have for each type of plant, you can figure out how many plants you’ll need for each space. I used to have way too many seedlings in the spring and I would find myself cramming them into my vegetable garden. Then by the end of the summer, everything would be overgrown and the plants didn’t produce as much food as they would have if I planted less. It was always a big frustration for me. But not anymore!
Adding raised beds to our vegetable garden has made it much easier to plan my vegetable garden, but my garden plan wasn’t always this fancy looking. So don’t worry, you don’t need graph paper and a ruler to create your garden plan, just sit down a draw up a quick sketch to give you an idea of where you’ll plant stuff. Check out some of my old (and messy) sketches of my vegetable garden from the past… 2011 Vegetable Garden Plan (and plans from 2009 & 2010). See, I told you it didn’t need to be fancy (and NOT drawn to scale, haha)!
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Taking the time to plan out your vegetable garden will make your life easier when it comes time to plant your vegetables. It doesn’t have to be fancy or drawn to scale, just a simple sketched out garden map or plan is all you need.
For more tips on planning your garden, click here… Garden Planning
Do you draw out a vegetable garden plan every year? Share your tips in the comments section below.