Our garden plans - Gardening for Dummies
One of my favorite things about spring and summer time is planning and plating my garden. I really don't take it too seriously but nothing feels better then throwing in some seeds in the dirt, and watching it take form! We use our garden for more fun treats more than actually supplimenting our normal groceries.
Step O N E. Calculate your space and dream up your garden. I research which plants grow well in my area and make a list of my favorites. We don't have much space (about 40'x20' cumulative placed all around our home) but we make the most of the space we do have. We have a big enough space to do larger plants but not many of them. If you are in a tiny space don't forget you can grow your own herbs! Keep them by your sunniest window and use them often!
Step T W O. Hop onto The Garden Planner and plot out your garden - I love this website. When you get on you enter your Zip code and it will base all of the information about sowing and harvesting based on where you live. Learn more about all your plants and the details that will help them grow to their best selves :) There is a 7 day trial and then when you love it you can pay $29 on the website for a year membership or $7.99 For the app.
Step T H R E E. Go to your local greenhouse and pick their brains and make a plan. I do my research and write it all down then I go in and talk to our local farmers about what they suggest. You would be surprised at how much info you can learn that way (and how many hours you can spend in a greenhouse chatting about plants with grandpa's) Usually I buy my compost and any other things I need to prep the garden and get the seeds that I need to plant indoors the Saturday before I plan to do most my planting.
Step F O U R.
Go buy local! Go back to your favorite greenhouse and get your plants!
Step F I V E.
Put your children to work. Ok, I'm medium joking. But seriously, this is a fun day for everyone to get dirty and learn more about plants and put in some hard work.
Step S I X.
Harvest - This is my favorite part but make sure you learn the details of when is the best time to harvest your plants so you don't pull prematurely!
Step S E V E N. Eat your food!! Or freeze it. Or dry it. Or can it. The options are endless!! (Do I sound nerdy yet?) My favorite is to just steam our veggies so you can taste the fresh purity and goodness of them! I will be sure to post any recipes that I use the fruit of my labors in.