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Spring Garden Plan – 2013

Are you having a hard time controlling the urge to start planting Spring vegetables? I am!! There are new buds of growth on the trees and blossoms have burst forth bringing with them the excitement of things to come (or grow!) But…it is still a little too cool in the mornings for spindly little seedlings.

In a bid to control my desire to throw caution to the wind and just jump in and start planting, I have been working on my garden plan for Spring 2013. This activity prompts me to think about basic crop rotation. It also forces me to take a reality check on the space available and number of plants that will fit. 

My plan is just a plan, it is not a rigid plan because as the months progress I tend to shuffle things around as required and fill any gaps with more vegetables. The first planting of the season looks neat and lovely, it tends to end up a little more jumbled by the end of the season as some plants work and others do not.

When I complete my plan I take into account the harvest quantities from the previous year. This is our third Summer with my garden beds and I am still working on planting the perfect number of plants to produce the desired harvest for our family needs.  The fact that I keep finding new vegetables and various varieties of others does not help!! I think we need a farm instead of a backyard…

If you are interested in reading my previous plans you can find the Autumn plan here.

The plans below show some plants that are already in the ground (such as the onion, garlic, leeks, shallots …) plus the plants that I will be planting in the coming months. These plans are expected to show what is growing in each vegetable bed or planting area in my garden in 2 months time. 

If you are unsure which vegetables are suitable to plant in your Spring garden, grab a copy of my free Seasonal Garden Planner to get you started and ready for a bumper harvest in a few months time.

 Spring Garden Plan1

Spring Garden plan 2Spring garden plan 3

*My garden plans and planting guide are based on a temperate climate. We live in the Bellarine region. There are some fruit trees and other pots near the house that are not included in the plan.

I will be publishing pictures and providing an update on my garden and the things we have been doing this month as part of my Garden Collective Post so be sure to come back here to take a look and wander through my garden on Monday.

Do you make a garden plan? Is it something like this?





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  • Linda August 30, 2013, 8:05 am

    Oh dear – I make all sorts of plans like that (on a much smaller scale), and never, never, follow them. Good Luck – you have a lovely big area.

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 30, 2013, 9:26 am

      Thanks Linda. Yes, I can relate as the plan is really the easy part! I do find the process really helpful though.

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 30, 2013, 8:42 pm

      Thanks Linda, I look forward to taking a look at your lovely garden on Monday. It can be tough to follow the plan when things don’t grow as expected…

  • e / dig in hobart August 30, 2013, 2:00 pm

    hello from another garden share collective member! i love your plans – so organised and beautiful! i too am mentally preparing for the warmer weather and can’t wait to actually start the work. soon, soon!

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 30, 2013, 8:41 pm

      Thanks for visiting. Hopefully the plan will be realized 🙂 It is an exciting time of year approaching for gardeners! I look forward to checking out your end of Winter garden on Monday.

  • katepickle August 30, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Can’t wait to see your garden photos!

    I’ve not waited at all and have planted our first round of seeds in paper pots on my window sill. We get frosts as late as November here so I need to start things early and inside to have half a chance… plus is makes me feel good to be planting summer veg already!

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 30, 2013, 8:35 pm

      Hi Kate, thanks for dropping by. At the moment some of the plan is in place as I still have many winter veg growing. I am hoping that I will have everything planted in the next month and a half. As you have done, I have also planted seeds in trays in our shed on the window sill. It DOES make you feel good – I agree!

  • Lizzy (Good Things) August 30, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Peter always wants to make plans like this, but our beds are so small, that I feel it’s not necessary. Great post! Good idea.

  • Amber September 1, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I love the planning part too! Some sketches in grey lead are as fancy as my plans get though… yours are amazing!

  • Nic@diningwithastud September 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

    I think this is the key for me to get my green thumb in order. Planning. I kind of just chuck everything in and hope for the best. I have pinned this and your guide for when we move in to our new place 🙂 cant wait!

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