There’s a great African proverb that says, “Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today,” and that’s especially true when it comes to gardening. Planning is the secret to a successful garden, and with spring gardening season right around the corner, now is the time to make your plans. Here are four things to consider:
1. When to plant—You can plant, grow and harvest successfully in most months, but there is a definite time and season for each plant. We have developed a Planting and Harvesting calendarthat makes it easy for you to determine when to plant your favorites, as well as when you can expect to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You may be surprised to learn you can grow blueberries and strawberries this spring; check out my video on those and other fruits to plant in February.
2. Where to plant—You can plant at the right time and still not get great results. Why? The sun doesn’t hit all areas of your yard in the same way. Agriscaping has identified six different microclimates; understanding them will help you plan where to place each plant for optimal results.
3. How much to plant (and how much space you’ll need)—There’s a reason why National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day exists; zucchini and other vining plants produce a bounteous crop. Sometimes a little goes a long way! These plants also take up a lot of space, so you need to take this into consideration when planning your garden. The Spruce has a good chart you can use in determining how much to plant for a family of four.
4. What’s good for your plants—Just as we have friends we like to be around, so do plants. Companion planting can provide nutrition, shade and protection against bugs. For example, planting marigolds next to tomatoes draws bugs away from your fruit. Agriscaping shares other secrets for companion planting you’ll want to incorporate into your garden planning.
With a little forethought, your garden will yield fantastic results. In an upcoming post, we’ll discuss plants and more for your spring patio garden. In the meantime, don’t forget to register for our upcoming webinar on “Planning Your Spring Garden.”