After what feels like a few false starts, the sun and warmer weather seem to be here to stay. We’ve been working hard getting the garden planted over the past month or so- it was definitely a later start than usual- and we’re starting to enjoy the results as the first batch of plants are almost ready to pick. We’ve got spinach ready to eat with peas and lettuce coming up quick. Even with the late start it’s been a great kick off to the gardening season and since it’s something many enjoy or want to get into, I’ve put together a printable Gardening Planner full of info and tips, plus printable labels and something for the kids.
I tried to include as much as I could on the topic of edible gardening without it turning into a novel, and included ideas for small space gardening, kid- friendly ideas, and plants that grow well indoors/ in the shade for those with limited (or no) outdoor gardening space. I tried to make it as simple and user- friendly as possible. Simply print it off and use it throughout the growing season to help you plan and stay organized. I’ve included a Garden Planning Grid and Legend to help you map out your garden space and make the most of the area you have to work with (if you follow the blog on Instagram you’ll have seen me share about Seeding Square, a great tool to help maximize growing space). You’ll also find suggestions for vertical and container gardening, natural pest control, and companion planting suggestions.
Phew! I hope I’ve covered some good ground with this planner and hope it helps you with your gardening plans for the season ahead. See below for contents, photos of some of the pages, and links to some of the companies whose products we’re using as well as gardening books I’ve included in the Resources section of the Planner. Simply click to download and print. If you want this planner to last a while, pick up a binder or folder and slip the pages into clear plastic page protectors, or reprint pages as needed.
- Planting Calendar– Print a few of these pages for the months you seed/ grow/ harvest/ re- plant in
- Crop Planning– Plant variety, indoor/ outdoor planting dates, estimated harvest dates, and notes
- Planning Grid– Map out your gardening space and use as a reference for planting. Print as many of these as you need for multiple garden spaces and if you plan to re- plant with different crops in the same space throughout the season
- Planning Legend– Use with the Planning Grid to help you plan your gardening space(s)
- Natural Pest Control– Try these methods to help reduce pests without chemicals. Natural pest control methods are always better, but if you ever suffer from a full blown pest infestation, your only option may be professional help. You may want to check out something like pest control services Carlisle if you are ever in need of a professional exterminator.
- Companion Planting– Suggestions for which fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grow well together and help reduce pests
- Kid- Friendly Ideas– Suggestions for easy- to- grow edible plants that kids will enjoy helping with
- Tips– Ideas for small space and container gardens, vertical gardening, plants that grow well in the shade, and suggestions for plants that you can grow indoors
- Notes– Print as many of these pages as needed to make additional notes
- Printables– Includes plant labels, seed labels, and a kids garden sign. Print as many as you like to use and get your kids involved by having them colour and cut out their own sign for the garden
- Resources– Some books I recommend for further reading (I’ve included links at the end of this post if you want to check them out)
Download and print your copy of the OHP Garden Planner below!
I’ve included links to websites of companies whose products we’re using this year (keep an eye out for more gardening content featuring them throughout the Summer) and the books I have enjoyed reading and turn to for advice with our own garden. All of the books are available on Amazon and are great to have on hand as reference.
OHP Gardening Series Partners
From Seed to Table, A Practical Guide to Eating and Growing Green– By Janette Haase, Insomniac Press
Tiny Garden, Huge Harvest*- By Caleb Warnock, Familius
DIY Garden Projects, Easy Activities and Edible Gardening and Backyard Fun*- By Mat Pember & Dillon Seitchik- Reardon, Hardie Grant Books
Herbs + Flowers*- By Pip McCormac, Quadrille
*See more info on these books plus two gardening books for kids in this post.
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