Planning is an essential part of all aspects of life. Without a plan how will you know your successes from your failures or whether your goals are being achieved. It also helps to know when things need to be done to. It ensures limited time is used effectively and in the case of gardening, that seeds are sown at the best time for germination.
So for the last week or so I’ve been planning my 2015 garden!
In past years I’ve had a very laid back approach to sowing my seeds i.e. I chuck a ton of seeds into the rows I’ve made and see what happens (bar a few things I start in pots inside). This year however, I’ve done a little research and have decided to give the square foot method a try.
For those of you who don’t know, the square foot method of planting is where you divide your planting area into square foot sections. You plant a certain number of plants per square depending on that plants spacing requirements. Here’s my square foot plan:
(Sorry it’s so small – please click the image to see a larger version)
I’m hoping this will really maximise my growing space. I mean I won’t be self sufficient of course, but I should have a pretty decent crop of mine, and the other half’s favourites. Along with a few new crops! That’s the idea anyway…
Step by Step
To decide on what I would grow and where I completed the following steps:
- Measured my raised bed (Okay, confession – I actually did this last but I REALLY should have done it first, luckily for me my guess at the size was correct!).
- Created a list of the households favourite fruit and vegetables ( I went through the most meals made and listed the vegetables to find the most used).
- Researched how many plants for each of the above would fit into one of my square foot spaces (You can find this easily enough on google/Pinterest).
- Drew out my area and allocated plants according to the information above (See above picture – I originally created this in excel so I could easily move things around).
- Selected and ordered seeds from Suttons (The fun bit! I’ve included all of this information in a separate sheet to track expenses. It’ll also get added to my garden journal to track each variety through the year).
That’s the main bed done. I’ll be growing a few tomatoes etc. in the greenhouse but not so much planning is required as they’ll all be in pots. Now all I need to do is wait for the seeds to arrive! I’m very excited! Especially as I managed to get some brilliant looking seed tins for a just £1 each. I will go through the varieties I’ve decided on and my garden journal when my seeds arrive. I’m always interested in how others organise and plan so please comment or link to posts about your strategies.