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Lay out your garden dreams on paper with this printable vegetable garden planner. It makes it easy to draw out your garden and add plants to get the perfect layout. Perfect for beginning gardeners and seasoned professionals alike.
You can plan out your square foot gardening, raised beds, wish list, ideas, and more. There are printable seed packets, weekly, monthly, and yearly planning sheets, and trackers for what’s going on or needs to go on in the garden.
Using a garden planner to plan the layout and contents of your garden is a great way to stay organized and get everything you want out of your garden. It will be easy to come up with a plan of action if you have it drawn up on paper. Then you can have it at your fingertips.
I love to have a written plan and map so I don’t get distracted and overbuy or forget what I really wanted to do. It also REALLY helps to have a list of what I’ve planted when because I can get overzealous and double plant the same bed. I know you would never do that, but I sure do.
This is going to help you create the vegetable garden you’ve been dreaming of. Have you dreamed of growing juicy heirloom tomatoes? Or a cut flower garden? What about amazing herbs?
Grab your Printable Vegetable Garden Planner from the Etsy store. Print it out. And let’s get planning.
Set your garden goals
Decide your type of garden
Do you want to do raised beds of some kind? Do you want to plant in the ground? Do you want to do container gardening? We have hard clay soil and can’t plant in the ground. If we wanted to, we’d have to amend the soil a lot with something that would lighten and loosen it.
If you have great soil, or want to add amendments, in ground is a great choice.
Once you’ve printed your planner, read through it and fill out what you can. Check out the companion articles listed here and see what supplies you have on hand. Then you can decide what you still need to purchase. And you can make a schedule for when you are going to plant.
Need more inspiration for your veggie garden? Here’s a list of different things to grow.
- How to grow radishes
- How to grow lettuce
- How to grow carrots
- How to grow kohlrabi
- How to grow cabbage
- How to grow brussel sprouts
- How to grow tomatoes
- How to grow peppers
- How to grow green beans
- How to grow garlic
- How to grow elderberries
- How to grow bushel gourds
- How to grow birdhouse gourds
- How to grow luffas
- How to grow chinese python snake beans
- How to grow potatoes
- How to grow onions
- How to grow sweet potatoes
- How to grow peas
- How to grow Jerusalem artichokes
- How to grow sunflowers
- How to grow fruit trees and bushes
- How to grow lavender
- How to grow figs
- How to grow cucumbers
- How to grow kale
- How to grow okra
- How to grow corn
My worst “gardening fails” seem to happen when I try to grow things that don’t do well in my climate. Make sure you read the seed packets to see if what you want to grow will grow where you live.
Remember that plants need 6-8 hours of full sun to grow well. And they need to be close to a source of water. It has to be convenient or you won’t keep it up.
Square foot gardening planner
Square foot gardening can save you a ton of space. Check out the square foot garden map in the planner. Varieties that have been bred to be “mini” or “baby” often do well with very close spacing and are perfect for space-restricted gardens.
Planning the vegetable garden
Now that you know what you’re growing, how many of them you’re growing, and where they’re going to go, it’s time to decide when to start growing them! Each crop has a different time from seed germination to harvest. Make a calendar in your garden planner so you remember when to plant each crop and when that crop is estimated to be ready for harvest.
Some seeds can be planted outside while it’s still frosty and will be ready to harvest at the beginning of summer. Some plants will take all season to produce. Use the information on the seed packets, seedling labels.
Find out your growing zone
Head over and check out what your gardening growing zone is. Once you have it, you can check your plants and seeds and see when is the best time to plant.
Check out this month by month garden planting guide for help in when to plant what. It’s for zone 7, so if your zone is a lower number, adjust it 2 weeks later, and if your zone is a higher number, adjust it 2 weeks sooner.
If you’ve followed along using the garden planner, you’ll now have a basic plan for this year’s garden! Keep your garden planner handy throughout the season to jot down notes and observations. There will be lots of things to remember for next year’s garden plan.
Check out this printable garden journal for kids from Mama on the Homestead. So cute!
Don’t forget to check out these articles
- How to prepare a garden for spring
- How to plan a winter garden
- Companion planting, what grows well together