Garden Planner Tool

For those of you beginning to make plans for your garden this year, you may want to checkout the Garden Planner Tool on Gardeners.com. I use this tool every year to make a “map” of my entire garden. This is my rough draft for this year:

I’m still making sure it’s the route I want to go and that all the plants will be “happy” by each other. (You have to be careful that something tall doesn’t shade something that needs sun, etc.) I created this by making each garden bed according to its size using their tool and then saving the image of each and pasting it into a Word document in landscape view. It gave me the capability to create my entire garden on one page. I can now laminate it and use it when it comes time to plant or when I need to refer back to where I planted everything later. It’s also going to come in handy when I plan next year’s garden as I can see where I had this year’s plants so I can try to rotate them, if I want.

What I love about the tool is that not only does it plug in the plant you want in each square foot, but it also tells you how many you should plant for that particular item. For example, you can place 16 carrots in one square foot but only 4 beans in another. It’s a super easy way to not only build your garden plan, but to also quickly plant the right amount later.

If you are considering gardening but not sure where to start, I highly recommend reading All New Square Foot Gardening Book. It’s full of all the info you’ll need to get started on a Square Foot Garden, should you choose to go that route. I personally love this way of gardening as it’s less weeding and I can plant a lot in a small space.

My kids each have their own garden bed and they love picking out what they are going to grow each year. It’s a great way to help your kids become interested in eating more vegetables as they may be more apt to eat what they’ve personally grown. I’ve also found that it’s a great way to teach kids not to waste food. Each year when they choose how much they’ll put on their plates, I remind them of all the hard work it took to grow them and that they’ll have to eat what they take.

Keep in mind that even if you have limited space at your residence, you can still plant a mini-garden by using containers to grow things such as lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, etc. Several garden centers carry plants that are specifically designed to grow well in containers. Just ask one of the workers to help you find some. I’ll be posting a container garden series here real soon.

Hoping that you have fun building your gardens!

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you soooooo much. Been looking for a good tool so I don’t have to write everything down in my garden notebook each year and then research each veggie to find out the space requirements. I also just started the square foot gardening method on a limited scale this year to see if I like it better than traditional gardening. Any suggestions, tips, or comments on how you like it?

  2. coupongeek says

    I love Square Foot Gardening (SFG) and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to traditional gardening. You can grow a lot in a small space. The weeds are limited, especially if you put down a good weed barrier when you start. Don’t go cheap on that or you may regret it in a year or two. Another thing I like is you plant your veggies in a grid kind of so you know where they should be growing. This makes it easier to determine what’s a week and what is a plant. Sometimes it can be tricky. :) Make sure you watch your yard to see where the sun shines. You’ll want to put your garden in that area if most of your plants require quite a bit of sun. Be careful deciding where you want to plant your items as tall plants (such as tomatoes) can tower over other plants and shade them. You may want to plant things that need shade behind them. (Like lettuce or spinach as they become in season again.)

    The best tip I can give is to start off small until you get the hang of it. Things that are easy to grow are lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots and tomatoes. I’m going overboard on carrots this year because they store well into the fall/winter. Things like beans and peas, depending on the type you buy, will climb so you’ll possibly need supports/netting. You’ll definitely want to read up on them before growing. (Peas should be in season now. Beans are later.) But even though they are a little more work, they freeze well so you can get your money back out of them easily.

    Herbs and Leaf Lettuce grow easily in containers. So if you are limited in your SFG, try putting them there instead.

    It’s all a learning process. The book I linked up to is great on all the ins and outs. I learned most of what I know from it.

    Good luck and have fun! Don’t quit gardening if it’s a rough year. It happens. You’ll learn more each year you go on. I’m on my 4th year now. Love it! :)

    Blessings,
    Jaycie

  3. Eric in NJ says

    I wanted to say thanks as well. Gardening is one of those activities that is easily shunned for logistic reasons in our house.

    What a great tool to take the guesswork out of it and finally take that last excuse out of our repertoires. ;)

  4. coupongeek says

    You’re welcome, Eric! It definitely makes gardening easier by taking a lot of the guess work out of where to plant and how many.

    Good luck with your garden! :)

    Blessings,
    Jaycie

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