I was very late in getting my garden in this year. I was lucky enough, though, that I had several spinach, herb, tomato and pepper plants re-plant themselves from last season. You gotta love when nature takes care of itself!
I wanted to share with you all a Free Garden Planner Tool that I use each year. You can create a single garden bed or map out your own garden. I take a little different approach though. What I do is create each of my garden beds and then save the image and put them into a Word document so I can create my entire garden area like this:
I then can save the files in the same folder on my computer each year and copy/paste if I want to duplicate anything the next year in a different garden bed. I do this every year so I can have a “map” for the next year, as well. I can compare what worked and didn’t and know where things were planted in case something sprouts back up on its own (like this year!).
This is just one great way to keep a yearly garden journal.
If you haven’t taken up gardening yet, it’s not too late to get a few things planted. I highly recommend the book All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space. I have been following it for several years now and have had very good harvests each year.
If you don’t have the space, you can still do some herb/lettuce bowls on your deck/balcony and maybe even a patio tomato plant or two.
Gardening is a great way to save on produce during the year!