We are one twenty-fourths of the way into 2015. Now is the perfect time to begin dreaming and planning about your garden space. Whether you’re just starting out with a few vegetables in containers or you’re turning yet another few square feet of your lawn into a bounty of productivity, it’s never a bad idea to have a plan.
Just as the Sears catalog was the most popular wish book before Christmas from my childhood, the seed catalogs are now my favorite wish book after the New Year. I pour over them, circling varieties and dog-earing pages. But before I place orders for seeds of 10 different tomato plants, I always head to my garden planner.
Whether you prefer the old graph paper method or a digital planner, its best to look at what you have space for. As well as taking into consideration what you have time to take care of. For that reason I love the website Smart Gardener. I can plan my garden based on the space available as well as how many people I hope to feed off of the bounty. They also email great weekly reminders about what needs to be tended to.
I have a few gardening shows I always set my DVR for or subscribe to on Youtube. You will find a ton of information on Pinterest but if you’re just starting out it can be a bit overwhelming and get you in over your head. And never underestimate the wealth of knowledge you can find from garden organizations (Urban Gardeners, County Extension Office, or Master Gardeners) and your local library.
With simple planning and a basic knowledge of the plants you’re interested in growing you can have a successful and bountiful harvest. Check out these helpful links and resources.
Open Pollinated Seed Sellers
Online Garden Planners
- SmartGardener – my personal favorite and it’s free
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner
- Gardener’s Supply Company Kitchen Garden Planner
Publications & TV Shows
Central Arkansas Gardening Groups & Organizations
- Faulkner County Urban Farming Project
- CAAH Seed Swaps
- Little Rock Urban Farming
- Farm & Food Innovation Center at St. Joseph Farm
- Faulkner County Seed Library
Jeanetta is a crocheter & coffee addict, chicken keeper & goat wrangler, a farmer girl & maker of drunk jellies. You can find her online at www.jeanettadarley.com or on twitter, pinterest & instagram @jeanettadarley.