The New Year is a perfect time for Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden. It is when there is not much going on in the garden. So it is time to grab some seed catalogues, and find a free online planner and start you schemes for next year. we have a guide for you if you are a complete garden newbie and advice and printables if you are not.
First time Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden?
START WITH A SMALL VEGETABLE GARDEN
Remember: If you start small you can always grow bigger – start big you can fail big!
One of the most common errors that beginners make is planting too much too soon and not being able to manage it all and wondering why it all fails.
Decide what you want to grow, do you want herbs, your favourite vegetables and fruits?
Choosing your vegetable plot
What space do you have? If you haven’t space where you live could you get an allotment?
A good-size beginner vegetable garden needn’t be massive – you can even start by growing in pots if you lack in space or ground.
Think about what you want to grow and check out the space needed – for example, you can grow a lot of lettuce in s small space but only a few corn in the same space – so it is worth it?
You can choice vegetables that may yield more than one crop per season include beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, spinach, and turnips. Or fruits like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and Rhubarb that will come back year after year.
Try out a free Garden Planner to help you plan
There are lots of free garden planners to play with around the internet.
- Plan-a-Garden from Better Homes and Garden lets you create garden design plans for anything from a patio-side container garden to your whole yard. Use your mouse to “drag-and-drop” more than 150 trees, shrubs, and flowers. Add dozens of structures like buildings, sheds, fences, decks—even a pond for a unique garden design plan.
- Kitchen Garden Planner from the Gardeners.com uses the Square foot method of garden Planning and they even have pre-planned gardens to give you ideas
How to grow great vegetables
Location is key – your best place to grow is in plenty of sunlight with good well-draining soil. But if you have shade you can still grow if you have the right plants and if your soil is poor you can try raised beds like we do in the Snapshot and Snippets Organic Kitchen Garden
- Space your crops properly. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.
- Use high-quality seeds. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants, but if seeds don’t germinate, your money—and time—are wasted.
- Water properly. Watering your plants the correct amount—neither too much nor too little—will give them the best chance at producing well-formed, mature vegetables.
SUGGESTED PLANTS FOR A BEGINNER’S VEGETABLE GARDEN
The vegetables suggested below are common, productive plants that are relatively easy to grow.Think about what you like to eat as well as what’s difficult to find in a grocery store or supermarket.
My Top Ten Herbs, Vegetables and Fruits in the Garden
(Tip: Click on a veggie’s name to see its detailed Growing Guide.)
- Courgette – two plants will feed a family of four all summer
- Growing Runner Beans in your garden
- Growing Cauliflowers in the Back garden
Planning for the Established gardener
If you are like me and have an established Garden this time of year is for deciding what worked last year and what did not. In our case winter gardening worked but I had a bad time with tomatoes for some reason.
- What veggies you want to try next year.
- Crop-rotation which is important to stop the build-up of disease so where are you moving plants too
- What about trying new methods of growing like No dig or Square foot Gardening?
- Do you want to try a new Variety of seed or stick to what you know
- Do you want to try Growing unusual Vegetables in your own backyard?
The best thing about growing vegetables is everyone can try it and it is even something kids can do. Planning ahead for the year is a fun adventure and I have lots of great printables to help you plan. Which includes a free planner and some quick grow guides to get you started.
If you enjoyed this post check out other gardening posts I have done
- The Best Gardening Calendars for 2018
- How Gardening and Growing Vegetables Help your Mental Health
- 6 Great Frugal Gardening Tips
- How to grow organic Cabbages all year
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