Before you go out and buy your seeds and seedlings, you'll need to do your Organic Vegetable Garden Planning.
Get your planning correct now and you'll have less problems with pests and diseases and generally more success all around.
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What do you want to plant? Some ideas to help decide:
: The top twelve plants that you should grow due to the amount of chemicals used by commercial methods
: What does your family eat a lot of?
: What veggies/ fruit are expensive even when in season?
: Do you eat a lot of salad in Summer? Veggies for Soups and Stews in Winter?
: If you don't have room or time to grow everything - leave out veggies you can get cheaply from the shop and ones that don't require a lot of chemicals.
: If you want some more info on a particular veggie, check out the Market Fresh website.
What season can you plant these in? You'll need to split your plants up depending on when they are ready to plant. Remember you can get early and late varieties of certain plants. It's certainly worth finding these for your favorite and versatile veggies like tomatoes. Fruit trees also have early and late varieties.
How many garden beds do you have? Are any of these raised beds? Some plants are better off the ground. Your herbs are best close to the kitchen (so they are easy to get to while cooking and you don't forget to use them!). Are you going to grow pumpkins or watermelons? These plants need a lot of room but don't necessarily need you to prepare a garden bed as they will run along the ground anyway.
Step 4:The next thing to consider is Companion Planting. You need to know what plants are best planted together and which ones should be kept apart. Herbs also make good companion plants as do flowers such as marigolds and nasturtiums.
Now sit down with your list of plants suitable for the current season. Add these on paper to your garden beds. Keep in mind the plants that work best together.
Here is my easy vegetable garden planning method.
Once you have your seeds or seedlings planted you can fertilize and mulch your beds. If you have bought in some organic soil you should not need to fertilize as the soil should already be rich enough.
You can do a soil test on your soil if you are worried or just keep an eye on your plants. If plants start to go yellow or get diseases this can be an indication something is wrong with the soil. It can be too much or too little of a certain nutrient.
I will add more about this soon but in the meantime a quick Internet search on your plant and the problem should help you with the answer.
Also watch out for local wildlife and your pets. Chickens are great for picking through the garden to eat bugs but they also scratch around and can make a mess of your garden very quickly. Rabbits, Hares and other wildlife can also cause havoc and it can happen overnight. If you need to, put up some chicken wire, cover with a net or cover with plastic bottles (top and bottom cut out).
Vegetable Garden Planning Tips
First consider Reducing Carbon Footprints At Home when planting a garden.
Tip 1: Don't plant all the seeds or seedlings at the same time, stagger your planting over a few weeks (succession planting). You don't want to be harvesting your cabbages all at the same time, you can only eat so much coleslaw in one week!!!
Tip 2: Are you a beginner gardener? Choose plants that are easy to grow: herbs, peas and beans, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, potatoes, cherry tomatoes (well if all goes right, they're easy!!) Just watch out for snails and slugs.
Tip 3: If don't have time to set up a veggie garden, then you need to get Organized! Sort out that clutter, set some routines for the family to pitch in and you'll be amazed at how much time you do have. Organize Our Family is a great site with lots of ideas for garden and home organization.
Don't have much room? No problem! you can still have your organic veggie patch. Check out my page on Container Gardening for Small Spaces, for ideas on container gardening, vertical gardening, indoor gardening and more.
I hope you've found some good ideas to make your organic vegetable garden planning easier and more successful.
"Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul."
~ Linda Solegato