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Garden Planning

The sunny skies, temperatures in the 60’s, and longer days have me dreaming of Spring and all that comes with it!  Spring to me means gardening planning.  Since last year we installed a new raised flower bed I am even more excited to start prepping for a new harvest!

I am an amateur gardener so the way I planned my garden is probably not conventional, but it works best for me.  Each year I sit down and figure out what thrived and what struggled the year before.  Last year since we installed the new flower bed I got a late start with my garden – didn’t get the seedlings in until Memorial Day weekend.  I think that may be part of the reason not all of the plants did well.

Last year I planted:

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    2016 seedlings planting

    Cherry Tomato

  • Globe Tomato
  • Jersey Tomato
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Lettuce

 

 

 

The results of the veggies were mixed.  The most abundant were the cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce and peppers.

The cucumbers were so abundant I had a tough time keeping up with all that I was harvesting.  I gave a lot away, made cucumber salad too many times to count, and made pickles, lots and lots of pickles!

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One of the batches of pickles

So, knowing what worked and what didn’t last year I started planning.  I’ve misplaced my gardening book that I have used the past few years to record my gardens so it looks like I will be starting over.

img_0952I previously used the Moleskine gardening journal to notate plantings, timing, etc. but I seem to have misplaced my book with a few years information.  So this year I will be starting over.  This time I am just using an empty journal that I had.
Usually I notate what I plant when, where I got my seeds, wh

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2017 Garden Layout

en I planted, and design on where I want to put them once I transplant them outside.  Since I bought new seeds this year and have extra seeds stored away I took pictures of the seed packets to put into the book so I can reference them next year.

This year I decided to plant roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, sweet peppers, string beans, and lettuce.

The next step will be to determine when to pant the seeds!

 

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