Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Garden Planning and Planting


A great garden harvest starts very early in January and that plan should be into action by February. I start planning my garden's  early in January when we can only dream about spring and warm weather. When the plan is set, it goes on paper in my Garden Journal.  I am always excited about making the garden plan and then planting the little seeds that will produce such wonderful vegetables.

If You Want This Kind Of Production
 At Harvest Time
Start Now!

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Our Garden Starts When 
The Snow Is Covering The Ground



Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I have found through the years that the production of the garden is greater when there is a plan to follow. After making a decision about the space that we want to use as garden, then we are busy planning what to put in the space. Here at the cottage we have several spaces that we use as garden. For early plantings we make a plan for our Patio Garden where we plant most of our vegetables and some herbs and flowers. We plan our runner plants in our Upstairs Garden, and our Kitchen Herb Garden is filled with wonderful herbs.  Last but not least, the Kitchen Lettuce Tub. It is so much fun to plan all of these spaces for a wonderful harvest. My plan was drafted in the Garden Journal this year in the first week of January. 

There Is Still Lots of Time For You 
to Make Your Garden Plan,
 It Is So Much Fun!


Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Our Squares in the Garden measure 4' X 8' and there are 4 sections.

The Measurements For The Kitchen Herb Garden and The Runner Fence Can Be Seen On This Post

The Kitchen Lettuce Tub Is An Antique French Bathtub and a fun container for the lettuce which is just outside the kitchen door.

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Now that we have our plan, we can determine just how many seeds we will need to make this production happen. When I have a list of my seeds, then I hit the seeds books. The Seed Books start coming to our house in December and once you order from one book just one time, they will all come your way. We save many of our own seeds from the previous year, and because we have that inventory on hand, we really don't order that many seeds anymore. We have some seeds that have been passed down for generations and are delicious!


Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We Have Seeds In Every Window In Various Stages Of Growth
I use the little starter trays to start my plants. We make our own Compost and I use a mix of our compost with good loose soil. I just simply push the little seeds under the soil. Sprinkle the tray with the rain water that we save in our rain barrels. Then place a plastic wrap over the tray. Place the tray in a very sunny location or under a growing light. I don't take the plastic wrap off until the little seeds start to show off their little plants. Then I water with the rain water as they grow.

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

After the plants are growing and sturdy we thin the plants keeping the really good ones. Sometimes we transplant the plants into little growing pots until they are ready to go into the garden.

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We got into the garden a little late this year because of the cold weather but we were only a couple of weeks late.

This was our onion planting day, we had prepared the ground made the rows and covered them with straw to protect them from the harsh weather that will come.

Watch Us Here


We really enjoyed being able to be outdoors after being inside for so long 
as we recovered from the Flu 2018.

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Onions Are In The Ground!

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

It Always Looks Great Right After It's Planted

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

You Can See On The Plan That We Will Be Planting Okra and Peppers As A Second Crop After The Onions Are Harvested. 


My Gardening Partner, Husband Leonard
We Have So Much Fun With Our Garden!

Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Of Course, My Other Helper "Garden Dog Max"!


Garden Planning and Planting at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We Had A Great Day!

It's not to late to make a plan for your garden so you can have a great harvest this summer. Thanks so much for spending time with  us in the garden today and hope you will come back to watch the garden grow during the season!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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5 comments:

  1. Oh you two garden guru's are so cute Miz Helen! It will be fun to watch it grow.

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  2. What fun to be getting the garden ready! It is still too cold here, but that doesn't stop us from thinking about what we should plant when the time comes!

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  3. I don’t miss my old home, but I do miss my old garden, spread out over a half an acre, including an herb garden, and French potager. Now, the only gardening that I can really do is container gardening. My biggest problem is trying to decide what to grow. I only have so many containers, but I have so many vegetable favorites that it’s always a struggle to try to decide every year. Have you done any container gardening? If you have, what has been your most successful crop from a container?

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    1. Hi Pattie,
      I have had some success with containers, mainly with herbs. I have also had success with patio tomatoes, lettuce radish, carrot, and green onion. Although I haven't tried it, some folks have success with potatoes in a larger trash can type container. Be sure and let me know what you grow this season and what you have success with. Wishing you a great growing season and thanks so much for stopping by!
      Miz Helen

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  4. I've always admired your garden, Miz Helen, and I love that you use so much of the produce in your delicious recipes! I'm so inspired by this post, particularly by your garden planner. That is such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this post. I'm featuring it on the Hearth and Soul Link Party page and I'm tweeting it later too. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

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Miz Helen