Garden Planning

Even if you have never planned a garden before, now may be a terrific time to start. Our family just signed up for a garden plot through the local community center, and I think Emily will benefit from watching and caring for all our vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  If you do not have the space for a garden, your local community center may offer garden plots similar to ours and this is a terrific resource. Here are some great online resources to help you plan a successful garden this year:

  1. Companion Planting: This handy online chart shows which vegetables grow well together, and which combinations are incompatible. 
  2. Square Foot Gardening: A great technique that can be used even when you have limited space available.
  3. Container Gardening: Another option for those with limited space. Several vegetables can be successfully grown in containers.
  4. Herb Garden: A great list of herbs that can easily be grown from seeds. You can start these indoors during winter and bring them outdoors when the weather starts to warm up.
Is your family planning a garden for the first time this year? Leave a comment and share your story with us!
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  1. These are great resources! I hope we can have a better garden this year than we did last year.

    My sister lives in LA and she has an amazing container garden – she has planted so many different plants, from tomatoes to grape vines to peas and carrots. She often gets the pots for free from people doing landscaping in the city – she says they just throw away their pots so they are happy to give them to her instead if she asks.

  2. Thank you for those great links! We’re planning a garden now and we’re new to this – I really appreciate your tips.