Experienced gardener or new gardener your gardening success will be greatly helped by planning the garden before you begin the growing season. The purpose of a garden plan is to make your work less and your returns more. A garden plan and a couple of supporting lists can guide you this growing season and growing seasons to follow, telling you what improvements to make next year and the next.
Here are four planning tools you can use this year (use them, modify them, use them in combination as you wish, and you will gain greater efficiency in gardening):
• Planting Plan
• Planting Table
• Check List--for planting and growing
• Garden Record
A planting plan is a map of your garden--of the whole garden or a specific planting bed. Design your vegetable garden--lay it out--on paper first. Tracing pads of graph paper comes in 8½ inches by 11 inches or 11 inches by 17 inches. You can choose from several grid sizes: four squares to the inch are practical for laying out a garden to scale. On tracing paper, mark off a space the shape of your garden. (Why use tracing paper? You can overlay this year's garden on the plan for last year's garden--or do this in the future. This will allow you to plan crop successions and rotations.)