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When it comes to garden planning i’m still a pen & paper girl.

There’s something satisfying about cold winter days and planning the season ahead.

If you’re sowing your crops just once in the spring or early summer or have a smaller garden then your garden planning might not be too extensive yet. When you have a few garden beds, or you have 140 varieties to organize into 3 seasons, then it helps to have things organized. You can see the paper sheets above that I scribble on, but over the years I’ve found it’s nice to have more detailed info with my ultimate garden planning printables (you can get them here, they come in a pack of 23 pages).

there are some things you need before making your sowing schedule:

  • List of crops wishing to grow and that CAN be grown in your zone.
  • Your first and last frost dates.
  • List of crops organized into what growing seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter).
  • List of how your garden beds/rows & the measurements that you have.
  • Previous season notes for crop rotation (if any).
  • Seed packet information for each crop you’re wishing to grow: days to germinate, days before transplanting and days to maturity.

the goal of your sowing schedule is to know when you need to sow your crops, and if you can grow anything before or after those crops.

Whether you’re direct sowing into the garden, or transplanting you need to make sure you’re growing your warm season crops in the frost free months. Your cool season and cold hardy crops can handle being grown outside of that time.

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