Spring is in the air, and a writer's mind turns happily to … gardening.
Yes, I have spring fever, as it were, with two feet of snow still covering the yard. My window sills are filled with rampant seedlings. Once the ground thaws, it will be tempting to install each and every one of them somewhere in my 1000 plus square foot garden. Those itsy bitsy broccoli transplants sure look like they could be put close together, but I've learned the hard way not to fudge on space. Just like a well executed story, with each scene and emotion in its proper place, a garden does best when space and timing are planned.
|You can see my garden on Google Earth.|
Pretty cool, huh?
I like old fashioned graph paper because that's how I've gardened for twenty years. Plus I can take the sheet right into the garden with me as I plant (as long as I use pencil and not water soluble ink. Another lesson learned.) I garden intensively, meaning not in rows. My raised beds are 3 feet wide, and as much as 20 feet long.
This year I discovered a free, online garden planner from Territorial Seed Company. It has a built in database of plants, plus your geographic area to help you with timing. And it makes cute little pictures to tell you exactly how many of each plant will fit in your space. So this year I'm moving into the digital age.
Do you garden? Give the planner a go and tell me what you think.
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