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    Posted on February 15th, 2013 Pam No comments
    This is quite a task, making a garden plan.  All of the weeks leading up to this week have prepared you for this huge undertaking.

    Listed below are a few tips.

    1.  First, put the same type of plants together, such as vine crops, salad greens and tall crops.
    2.  Place plants together that have the same watering needs, such as hand watering, sprinkling or drip irrigation.
    3.  Plan for succession planting, this is planting from two to five crops in the same place. A good example of this is salad greens and radishes.
    4.  Plan areas for saving seeds, this is an area where the vegetables will not be harvested but allow the seeds to dry or ripen for seed harvest. It is a good idea to mark these areas clearly, so they will not be harvested prematurely.
    5.  Plan areas for a fall garden, this is an area that will have crops ripen in the fall.
    7.  Plan areas for a winter garden, this is an area that will have crops that will winter over. For example, onions, peas and garlic.

    I usually make my garden plan in pencil and take it with me when planting the garden.  As I plant, I make changes if necessary.

    Below is a 12 week schedule, we are on week 7.

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 How much to plant
    Feb. 15th Week 7 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds

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