It’s that time of year: garden planning time! I got a little excited and ordered my seeds early– so they are already here. Now I just need to figure out where to plant everything.
I had the Savvy Garden 2011 all plotted out for the space we used last year. But then we bought the house, so I’m back to square 1 on the location front. We have plenty of space, I just need to figure out how I want to organize the garden.
Want to grow your own vegetables, herbs and flowers in 2011?
Then you’re in luck, because I have a series of garden planning posts coming your way!
First things first, you need to figure out what space you have available for your garden. From a few containers in a window to a large portion of your yard, you can grow just about anywhere.
Yard. The obvious, but not always practical, choice is the yard. Choose an area that gets lots of sun. Remember, the more property you turn into a garden, the less lawn you need to mow. We’ll be using about 1/2 of our backyard for the vegetable garden, keeping the rest open for Max to run around. Our front yard is small, but a large chunk of it is going to have some flowers and herbs. Dan is excited to have less yard to maintain.
Flower boxes. You’ll want these to be on a sunny deck or window. And if they aren’t on the ground level, keep in mind what is below the boxes, as water may drip down. Don’t rain on your neighbors!
Containers. There will be a whole post about the container options and some creative solutions in the coming weeks, but again, be aware and don’t rain on your neighbors. You can also use containers to grow herbs and flowers indoors in sunny windows.
Community gardens. These are showing up in more and more communities, allowing people without sufficient space to garden together. They are definitely worth checking out!
Creative locations. Get creative…if you’re determined, you’ll find a place to garden. Hey, you could even use the back of a truck!
So who’s gardening with me? What kind of space do you have?