Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Planning Time!

Happy New Year to all! The start of January gives me permission to actually start my planning. I have a basic layout drawn on some notebook paper. I'm still searching for a good way to do this on a computer. This is one of my favorite part of gardening. It's when I can imagine my garden perfectly neat, without weeds, without any pests, and everything will produce to its full potential. I am aiming for a "neater" garden, or at least a design that is easier to maintain and move around in for this year. The space I have to work with is small, so it has to be planted closely, but I'm going to try to space things out a bit this year. I am going to downsize my tomato plants from 30 to 20 this year. When I get a chance I'll upload a picture of what I'm thinking so far.

I have my first sign of green today, though I am not going to post a picture of it, because it's a pretty useless picture.

I planted my Aerogarden two days ago with some salad greens, basil, oregano, cilantro, and chives. I'm excited to already see some green! My grandma gave me the set up after she got sick of it a few months ago. It was a great gift, but when I went to set it up, I found that the pump was broken. So I asked Santa aka my mom for a new pump, nutrients, and refill sponges. It's up and running, and will certainly help me get through the part of winter that I dread.

Happy New Year and garden planning!


  1. Happy 2011, I have read about many others downsizing tomatoes for this gardening season....was 2010 just THAT good or did we all just over-do it a bit?

  2. 2010 was actually pretty awful for me due to such extreme heat that we had in July. I didn't have anything pollinate for that whole month! I'm pretty sure I would have been in some trouble with tomatoes out of my ears had it not been that way! I definitely overdid it, and may have possibly choked them from planting them too close as well.

    Here's to the JUST RIGHT amount of tomatoes this year!

  3. I love planning the new garden. So much fun. Oooh, I am so jealous that you have an Aerogarden. I've always wanted one of those.

  4. 30 tomato plants is a lot! and I can identify with the extreeme heat problem. You could try shadecloth? enjoy your planning!

  5. Indeed! I can't wait to bust out my old school paper and colored pencils, no fancy software for me, I just love drawing it all out - have fun!