Is A Garden Plan Really Necessary?

Rows of vegetables

As it’s mid winter I haven’t given this matter much thought but in a few months time that will all change.

Have I got this, will I plant that …  are there any seeds left over from last year or do I need to source them from elsewhere? I also need to think ahead as leaving things until the last minute only results in frustration and disappointment.

That happened last year when I started to create a new vegetable garden in the third week of November.

I should have been gearing up in August.

The late start meant mediocre results but this year my garden should be vastly improved as I intend to be early into the starting blocks.

What I’m trying to say is that a certain amount of basic planning is needed otherwise chaos will be the only things that flourishes in your veggie patch.

The amount of space you have ultimately determines your garden layout, the vegetables you plant and those that are better left for another day and that bigger plot.

Planting corn, potatoes and pumpkins into 3 square metres just doesn’t fit so give some thought as to how much space each plant will need, be it cabbage or cucumber. This information can easily be found on the back of the seed packs or just google it and do some research before you plant it.

Also don’t forget those vertical space saving options. I’ve never grown cucumbers on climbing frames before but this spring I’m going to give it a try.

I’ve never been one for sitting down with graph paper and working out proportions as come spring I’m chomping at the bit to get planting.

That said a little time spent with pencil and paper sketching out a basic plan can mean greater time savings and less perspiration later on. Just don’t spend hours on it as there’s nothing wrong with a little trial and error.

Importantly take stock of where the sun rises and sets and plant accordingly.

Sunshine is one of the key elements for a productive healthy garden so be careful not to plant corn or set up that bean frame in a position that shades the rest of your vegetables.

Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie my advice is to grow those vegetables that you and others will “love to eat”. I’ve never grow leeks as I can’t stomach them where as tomatoes could be on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For me the most rewarding aspect of growing my own vegetables is the sheer pleasure of eating and sharing them with family and friends.

“With out over doing it”  of course, I find it so much fun to announce at that barbecue or special get together, “yes I grew the  corn, the tomatoes, the borlotti beans, the broccoli, the” … okay, okay that’s enough!.

You get my drift … usually it’s about now that Rose casts that look of disapproval in my direction.

“Yes well, did your hear the latest news about swine flu and what about that new electric car GM are working on”.

Like most gardeners I find that my garden is not large enough therefore I always need to curb my enthusiasm because too much corn or potatoes leaves little space for those other essentials such as  lettuce, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, brocolli and the like.

Trying to cram in more than I should is all part of the challenge and fun of growing great veggies.

Like most things in life vegetable gardening is about doing so my advice is to  turn off the TV or computer and just get out there and give it a go. Experiment and try growing something different or unusual and learn from your mistakes.

There will be plenty of those.

Favourite Quotes
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. George Bernard Shaw

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