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Planning & Planting Your Vegetable Garden

MODULE C goes into detail on how to develop a personalized planting schedule for your region. We’ll show you how to formulate a crop plan and keep pertinent records.

Your plan will also include details on what vegetables to grow for transplant and which should be seeded directly.

We’ll also demonstrate how you can incorporate crops in your plan that you wish to grow for seed.

Crop planning

MODULE C. Planning & Planting Your Vegetable Garden

Introduction to Module C (4:57)

Successful gardeners understand their regional climatic conditions and plan their garden planting schedules accordingly to achieve a continuous year-round harvest. Good garden plans utilize overwintering crops and succession planting to obtain a balanced harvest throughout the year. The planting plan also informs gardeners’ activities throughout the year.

Record keeping throughout the year will inform next year’s planting plans to improve and refine the planning process. Seed saving is an important part of a garden plan and must be considered well before the garden is planted.

1. Planning & planting your garden for a successive harvest (17:21)

Jack and Dan sit down to discuss how to plan a garden that provides an abundant year-round harvest.

Regional climatic data such as frost dates, daylight hours, and average daily temperatures are useful aids when planning the planting plan for our vegetable gardens.

Planning for successive planting throughout the season will give a continuous and evenly distributed harvest. Choosing which plants are suitable for succession planting is done with a seeding chart. Some plants, like onions, are best treated as “one and done” planting.

Transplanting can give crops a head start in the garden. Some plants perform very well when started from a transplant; others prefer to be direct sown.

2.1. Create a planting schedule (17:04)

Begin planning a planting schedule by drawing a diagram of your garden giving each growing bed a number. Follow this up by making a chart showing months or weeks across the top and bed numbers down the side.

Forum Planting Schedule Templates
Planting Schedule forum: https://localharvestgardening.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=151
Jack’s Excel & PDF planting schedules: https://localharvestgardening.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=407#p407

Start planning your planting schedule with essential, slow growing, staple foods on the diagram (80-200 day crops). These crops tend to be overwintering crops or staple high calorie plants that take a long time to mature. Next, place the shorter to mature essential (60-80 day) crops. Lastly fill in the gaps with fast maturing greens (30-60 day) crops.

The final planting schedule becomes a tool for making action lists (what to do when) and assisting with record keeping.

  • 80-200 day crops include onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, squash, winter carrots, beets, parsnips and winter brassicas like Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
  • 60-80 day crops include lettuces, beans, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • 30-60 day crops include radishes, turnips, salad mix, spinach and arugula.

Additional Resources
West Coast Seeds Regional Planting Charts: https://www.westcoastseeds.com/pages/regional-planting-charts
Planning a Garden for a Four Season Harvest: https://localharvestgardening.com/four-season-harvest
Tips for Effective Garden & Crop Planning (includes sample charts): https://localharvestgardening.com/garden-plan
A Later Garden Seeding is a Good Thing: https://localharvestgardening.com/seeding

2.1. Create a planting schedule – vignette on planning Jack’s garden (43:24)

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Andrew Couzens is a software engineer turned soil scientist.

A life long sufferer with inflammatory bowel disease, he was motivated to enter the agricultural space in an effort to “be the change” he believed was necessary to heal his own body.

Healthy plants come from healthy soil, and healthy soil comes from working with nature, not against it.

Leveraging his knowledge and experience in software engineering, he started Terra Flora Organics with a goal of helping conventional growers move from unsustainable practices that destroy soil and negatively affect the health of people and the planet, to regenerative practices that allow intensive farming whilst building soil and healing our minds and our bodies.

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