Think Ahead About the Spring Garden – Create a Garden Schedule

We're still in the middle of winter and the weather outside is bitter cold as I'm writing this post but that doesn't mean gardening should be out of your mind. Now is the perfect time to get your garden plan together for 2016 so that you can maximize your yields and minimize your workload! Today I'll walk you through my typical time frame each year for planning my garden. As a part of your garden plan you should create a garden schedule to guide you through the season. My garden is in Spring Hill, TN which is a zone 6b-7 so you may have to adjust your garden plan schedule to match your local area. Create a Garden Schedule Dates and Timing The first step to create a garden schedule is to look for the key dates. The first date to take note of is your area's last frost date.…

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Timing Is The Root of a Good Garden

January 2015 is almost here and with it will come time to plan out your 2015 garden. We all know that for a plant to grow well it needs a strong root system. The same can be said for the garden as a whole. A garden's roots are stronger with a good plan and the root of a good garden plan is timing. Timing a garden is probably the most important factor in a garden plan that determines success. To time things correctly there area two things you need to know: The last frost date in spring for your area.  How long seeds take before they can be set outside to grow. The last frost date is THE date to base everything else around. The last frost date is the usual date of the last frost as averaged over time. It isn't impossible for a frost to happen after that…

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Planning Your Next Garden: Evaluate the Garden

The calendar hasn't said so yet officially, but winter weather is already here. As I write this post sleet is spitting through the air outside. Fortunately I have a pot of hot coffee available to offset the cold. What should a gardener be doing on these cold "winter" days when the garden isn't suitable for enjoyment? Cold winter days mean that it is time to plan the next garden. It's time to take what you learned from this year and plan how you want to do next year's garden better, bigger, and more efficient. Today I thought I would tell you about my thought processes for planning the next round of gardens. I'm mainly talking about the vegetable garden but you can adapt the thoughts in this post to herb gardens, cutting gardens, native gardens, or any other type of garden. Planning a garden begins with evaluating the current and…

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Edible Landscape For Beginners: Design Inspiration for Your Garden Plan

Whenever you start to design an Edible Landscape/Garden it helps to have some inspiration to use as a guide.  You may have a ton of ideas in your head, but - trust me on this - sometimes those ideas don't always work!  It's never a bad idea to have some backup ideas or to just research those ideas to see if they would work well in your garden.  There are also times when you are lacking inspiration and need to get some ideas flowing.  Today let's look at a few ways you can get ideas to help design your edible landscape plan. Use Your Head! We're brainstorming right now so go ahead and use your own brain to write down every idea you might like to implement in your garden.  It doesn't matter at this point how far fetched the idea is just write it down.  It can be easily…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners: Your Edible Growing System

An important thing to consider on your way to developing an edible landscape is how you want to grow your plants.  What growing system do you want to use? As part of your plan you will need to figure out how you want to structure your garden and the growing system you choose can provide that structure. There are several basic systems you can choose from to grow your edible landscape.  You don't have to tie yourself down to one system.  Feel free to pick what works best in your garden and what you find interesting.  Growing your plants in a method that you are passionate about is very important! Raised Beds Raised beds are one of my favorite methods to grow my edibles because of their benefits.  Herbs, vegetables, and fruits can all be grown successfully.  Raised beds provide a rich soil that you have control of, have good…

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Making Gardening Plans

I do a lot of thinking. Too much probably but I have ideas and they have to work themselves out in my head or in the garden one way or another!  The gardening "off-season" is when I plan.  It's when I take those thoughts in my head and entertain them before discarding the impractical ones.  You know, like the idea of encompassing our whole 1.3 acre yard (house included) in a giant greenhouse to garden in year round.  That probably won't work out...but other plans will. The first thing I usually plan out is my over the winter garden purchases, mostly notably choosing the seeds I want to grow.  I use seeds to grow all my vegetables and herbs but also to grow my business.  Winter is also a great time to purchase bareroot trees and shrubs.  I'm considering some fruit trees that might be different from what we can…

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When to Plant Your Vegetables

When to plant your vegetables is very important knowledge for all gardeners.  It can mean the difference between a great harvest, a late harvest, or no harvest!  It's critical to know certain facts about the plants before you plant them. A little knowledge can go a long way to creating a great garden so let's examine a little bit abut when to plant your favorite vegetables! Is it Cool Season or Warm Season? Some vegetables like it hot while others do not.  Heat loving vegetables will not tolerate frosts and should never be planted out before the last frost date for your area without protection.  There are techniques you can use to plant your warm season vegetables early but that isn't necessary unless you live in a very cold climate and need to maximize your warm season vegetable time. The most popular warm season vegetables include tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash,…

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A Garden Preparation Plan for Spring

Spring will be here before you now it.  Which means all that fun garden time for us gardeners.  In order to maximize the productivity of your garden and minimize the maintenance required we need a plan.  We need a spring preparation garden plan.  We need a plan of attack to get all those chores done, all those projects mapped out, and all those plants growing right.  Gardening doesn't start on March 20th...it starts now!  Or maybe even yesterday!  A good plan will do two things for you: get your season off to a great start and give you that gardening fix to get you excited about the season! Where should you start with your plan?  First keep in mind there are tasks that can be completed periodically over the course of the next several weeks and there are those that have to be done at a certain time. The time…

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