Planting Dates

What to start when? After the fun of Seed Catalog Day, my usual next garden planning step is getting my calendar together so I have a schedule of what seeds to start inside when, transplanting dates, and direct seeding outside. I’m a planner, by nature, and this is how I keep it all organized. For years I used a mix of online references for this (because no one source had all the plants I start), and it worked well enough to mark down the dates on a paper calendar. Last year though, I came across this super handy planting schedule template from Better Hens and Gardens. I┬áloved the layout and quickly got to work tweaking it for my own needs and filling in all my plants.

Planting Dates | goodkarma

That template worked well and to use it again this year, all I had to do was change the dates at the top and add in the new stuff I was planting this year. From there I still mark dates down on paper because, as much as I like spreadsheets, for something I’m going to be using almost daily during the summer I like the ease of being able to just open a binder (with sometimes dirty hands).

Instead of using a monthly calendar page for my paper record of dates, I’m trying something different this year. I was playing around with some watercolors and came up with the idea to just make some boxes to put dates and other garden notes in. I made copies and punched some holes in the side. I went week-by-week for what need to be started inside, transplanted, and direct seeded, doing each month of the summer. And then in a separate box, a running record of what dates those things actually DID happen on. I crossed off thing as they got done. Other smaller boxes worked well for keeping notes on trees I ordered, weather extremes, dates of things first shooting up, and other garden reminders.

Planting Dates | goodkarma

Planting Dates | goodkarma

Planting Dates | goodkarma

Planting Dates | goodkarma

I’m diggin’ it! March is done and I’m starting records on April. I think I’ll go ahead and scan and upload each month here as they finish. Maybe put a handy link to them in the sidebar or something.

I love to see how other people plan and keep garden records. Feel free to share your system!

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