Garden Plans

Its been cold like most everywhere so I’ve been focused on staying warm.

I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to cold weather.  Yesterday I decided to buck up and get my garden plans on paper.

Planning ideas have been roaming my thoughts for awhile.  Do you have your garden space picked out?  The best place to begin a garden is with a plan, simply get out your graph paper and sketch.

If graph paper isn’t available you can use any type of paper to fill in; write in pencil making sure you have a good eraser because it’s easy to forget things. The space I sketched out is where I’ll grow additional veggies and flowers.  We have two other planting areas on our farm that I’ll share later.

Lots to Accomplish

I have a lot to accomplish with this space; the planning was based on four key things:

  • Soil
  • Drainage
  • Hours of Shade
  • Hours of Sunlight

Most of the garden is already in place so reaching my goal should be pretty easy.  The main thing I want this year is a salad garden and raspberries.  I’ve also added additional space for tomatoes and 4 more raised beds.

I would never recommend implementing a garden project like this in one season, this is a large space and unless I had unlimited time on my hands it would be overwhelming to accomplish in a short period of time.  Not impossible it just might not be as enjoyable.

Breaking Things Down

Breaking your plans down into small sections is really smart.  You’ll become less frustrated and not feel so pressed for time to get everything accomplished all at once.

The thing to remember is gardening inspires ideas that will always help you move forward with new ideas. When we rush through the process we can miss out on the little treasures of detail that make a garden unique.

If you need some help putting your space together let me know I’m happy to answer questions.  In the coming weeks I’ll be breaking things down and if the weather lightens up I hope to be building one of those raised beds I want to add.


  1. You and I are on the same track. I pulled out my graph paper yesterday and got to work. I was peppering my poor husband with questions like "how many feet do you think there is from here to here?" and "do you think we could limb up that tree so I could put some salad greens there?"

    1. I like getting things on paper or the computer before digging up the ground. Helps me not waste space. I have two other planting areas I'll share later, one is an acre field and the other is just a small backyard space. If you lack space grow up! It's a lot of fun and it makes harvesting much easier. Thanks for the feature on your Blog Hop! -Carole

  2. Melissa says:

    Great idea! We recently fenced in a huge area (backyard / garden) space. I get to plant a bigger garden this year. I need to get my graph paper out and start planning. Now if we could just get the rest of the property fenced in for our future animals. Baby steps 🙂

    1. I find with everything there's a process – we have to start doing some re-fencing that we've been putting off since we sold our cows. That's awesome you have a bigger garden space – I expanded my this year too and have big plans for another area I want to plant in. -Carole

  3. Looks like a great plan! We just got ours on paper last week and are still digging through the seed catalog!

    1. That's awesome- planning is always a good idea this time of year. Thanks for sharing! Stay tuned because this year I'll be sharing info on harvesting your own seeds from your garden. Carole

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