At the end of each year, I find it useful to plan ahead for the next year, what I can do better, what needs to change and that not only includes my life, family or home, but also what is happening in my garden.
I’ve tried many things over the years, some are easy, and some required allot more time and love, and then most of the time it feels like I’m just feeding bugs. That is organic gardening for you.
I try to stick to the easy and most used vegetables for now, as most of my time is consumed by a very busy two-year-old boy.
Here are some of the most popular annual veggies to grow:
Most gardeners like to add in a few annual flowers and herbs to their garden. My favourite is marigold, petunias and lavender as they also help to keep bugs away.
No garden is complete without some herbs. Not only are they great additions to your meals, but some of them are also great in assisting with bugs if you struggle like me, and basil, rosemary, garlic, bay leaves and mint will do just that.
Plan Your Garden For Your Local Climate:
Knowing your local growing zone is very important to choose plants that will thrive in your garden.
Gardenate is my go-to website for choosing the perfect plants for my local climate and zone.
Select your country and zone and register for their monthly newsletter, and Gardenate will email you a list of what you can plant the next month and plenty of detail on each plant, how to plant them, take care of them, how much sun or shade they need (which is very important) and how to harvest.
You can be a gardener no matter the space available. They can be planted directly in the ground or in container pots. Consider what will work best for you, and you can also mix containers with in-ground plants.
Most annual plants do like some sun, so it’s important to plan and get an estimate of the amount of growing space you have available and if it will provide enough sun.
So, what will you plant first?
I like to start with vegetables I enjoy eating most often. I enjoy salads all year round, so I stick to lettuce, tomatoes, mini cucumbers and herbs, that I use in cooking like basil, organum, rosemary and thyme.
Once you master that, its fun to move on to veggies that require a bit more attention, but always remember the amount of space you have available and your climate. Gardenate is great at providing that information or speak to your local nursery for advice, then you can’t go wrong.
Your local nursery can also assist with the soil and extra feed your soil might need to ensure it is in perfect condition for your plants to thrive.
I enjoy going to the nursery, it is such a relaxing place. There are so many beautiful plants to choose from. Remember to take pen and paper to dot down the names of the once you love or would like to try next year.
Seedlings are great, it gives you a good head start in the season, since their maturity rate will be shorter and will result in an earlier harvest, and to be honest I haven’t had much luck with growing from seeds.
Now that you know what you’re growing, it’s time to decide when to start growing them!
Each crop has a different lifespan from seed germination to harvest. Make use of the calendar in your free garden planner so you remember when to plant each crop and when it’s estimated to be ready for harvest.
Gardening is a natural stress reliever. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine can improve your mood and make you feel rejuvenated and overall happy. Growing your own produce also gives you a great sense of accomplishment.
Not only will you save on groceries when you grow your own, but it will improve your health. When you pick vegetables right from your garden, the vitamin content will be at its highest.
If you enjoy colouring, you’ll love our free garden planner. It can be used annually and you can add your own choice of colour for the year.
I hope you enjoy the free planner. Keep your garden planner handy throughout the year to dot down notes and observations.
May your year be filled with a beautiful veggie garden.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow – Audrey Hepburn