Plotting your garden can be easier than you might think.
Each year when January comes, I start thinking about my spring garden. I dream about what it will look in the summer full of growing plants. And believe me, I can dream big!
My goal as a homesteader is to provide nutritious food for my family and others around me. I’m still figuring out how to gauge how many plants it will take to feed my household, so each year I add a few more to my numbers until I can preserve enough to carry us through winter.
As I am still learning the best way to plot and plant, I continue to learn from past year’s mistakes.
Last year I had more plants than I had space for. So this year we doubled our garden space. I also failed to accommodate enough space for walking the rows and trampled too many plants. This year I have accounted for that. I also took into account crop rotation when plotting this year’s plans.
Now I love forms and charts as much as the next girl, but this year it seemed too overwhelming. So instead of filling out a bunch of forms I took a different approach. I gathered my graph paper, tape measure and pencil. I measure our current garden plot and drew out on paper what I wanted it to look like.
Here is my drawing of our current garden plot.
You can see I allowed a 2 ft border all the way around for fencing once I’ve grown it to it’s permanent size. I sectioned off the beds and labeled what I am plotting to plant in each one. Given the space I have I feel certain the amount of space I’m leaving between beds will be beneficial.
I did draw this to scale, but when plotting my garden in past years I did not. The main reason I chose this route this year is to know how many plants I need to start from seed for the space I have to grow them. Now anyone who knows me understands I am no mathematician, so if it doesn’t work the way I intended, I’ll chop it up to a math error! 😉
I hope the extra time and effort taken this year will show in the garden come spring and summer!
One other bit of plotting I did was to put together a list of the garden vegetables I’m growing. I listed each one out, how many I’m planting based on packaging recommendations and how many seedlings to start. I did this for vegetables and herbs. Some herbs I’ll be using in my landscaping so those are already started indoors. What I don’t have room for in my garden I plan to sell to those in need. At $2 a plant they can have a great deal of plants to get a small garden started!
How is plotting your garden going this year? Any tips for me?