Grow More Food with Smart Garden Planning

Did you know you can grow more food with smart garden planning? I used to be terrible at garden planning, but now I put garden planning as a high priority before the season starts.

That’s why I came up with these printable garden planning sheets

Vegetable Gardening: Smart Garden Planning for more Yields
I use to garden something like this:

  • Buy Seeds.
  • Wait until it warms up (even if the frost killed my plants afterwards).
  • Throw seeds in the ground.
  • Attempt to grow some transplants.
  • Transplant those plants (even if the frost killed them afterwards)
  • Grow fruits or vegetables and not pay attention to soil, soil amendments or what my crops needed to grow. (You know like leafy greens need more nitrogen or that fruiting plants need more potassium or phosphorus).

But when I really think about it, I wasn’t serious about growing food.

Vegetable Gardening: Smart Garden Planning for more Yields

It didn’t really matter if  my crops failed.

It was a hobby right? Just for fun? The therapy I needed during my stressful days. I’d sit there and watch the plants grow in calmness while the weeds laughed at my laziness. I’d be happily sipping wine or tea instead of doing real work in the garden.

Now things have changed.

I’ve got 4 children to feed and food prices keep going up every few months.

Produce is coming from far away, is being grown in drought, transported so many miles and recalled from contamination. Some crops are sprayed, others cost a fortune. For most people to eat healthy you need to spend at least $50 a week on fresh produce. That adds up to $2,600 a year and that’s the bare minimum, you could add more fruit or veggies easily.

My garden isn’t a hobby anymore, it’s for our family’s health and livelihood. I want our family to eat lots of fresh produce, and with the prices continuously going up we often have to buy less. I know so many people or families are in the same boat, they want to eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables but struggle to justify the cost. I created a free weekly menu printable that helps me and can help you track your homestead meals to deal with the costs of fresh produce.

Vegetable Gardening: Smart Garden Planning for more Yields

Smart Garden Planning

Like any good business or idea in this world, you need to have a solid plan to get things in motion. You need to be on your ball  game. You need to pay attention to little details and you need to have back ups if things fail.

Instead of just throwing seeds into the ground and hoping for the best, why not take your gardening to the next level? Your grocery savings will go up, you’ll be outside gardening and be eating healthier and more nutritious food.

I have a products to offer for those that want to stay organized or grow lots of food.

First is my printable garden planner, 23 pages to help you stay organized for the season.Family Food Garden Printable Garden Planner

The other is my garden planning ebook which comes with a bonus food planting guide!

Planning & Designing the Family Food Garden eBook Plus Food Garden Planting Guide

My Garden Planning Book Will Teach You:

*The basics of garden design.
*Factors in deciding what to grow.
*Figure out what your family eats and spends on produce.
*How to maximize your food production with 20 methods.
*Grow the most profitable crops to really dent your grocery bill.
*How to design your garden & offset the costs on new garden beds.
*The basics of succession sowing for increased productivity.
*How to select your seeds and when to sow your crops.
*Creating an awesome sowing and transplanting schedule.
*How to practice crop rotation for healthier soil.
*Advanced crop rotation: when you practice intensive or companion planting.
*Creating a back up plan with crop failures.
*Learn how you can expand your garden and knowledge over the years.
*How to write a garden journal.

Click here for a preview of the book or buy the ebook 

Homestead Planner & Tracker

3 thoughts on “Grow More Food with Smart Garden Planning”

  1. Often there are resources like this – but they don’t apply to Alaska weather. I believe I saw that you are in Canada, and actually see some negative temperatures. Does that mean this ebook would be helpful in guiding an Alaskan…?

    • Hi Brittany!

      I grow food almost year round in zone 5 Canadian mountains. I’m an avid user of season extenders to accomplish this. I discuss planning your garden for any growing zone. 🙂
      The coldest it gets here is -20C/-4F, I’m not sure how cold your weather gets but I imagine maybe colder?

    • I have a helpful guide that has you counting forward to the last frost and tells you for example, what to start indoors 10 wks prior, 8 wks prior & so on. As long as you have the last frost date for your area you can customize it:–


      It is important to know when the last spring frost date is for your area. Many plants need to be planted after the last frost, so that they don’t freeze their little buds off (heh heh). Look up the last spring frost date for your area and then follow the how to plant a spring garden guide below.

      Ten weeks before last frost
      Sow indoors: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, lettuce, peppers, onion
      Eight weeks before last frost
      Sow indoors: tomatoes
      Sow outdoors: spinach
      Five weeks before last frost
      Sow outdoors: peas
      Transplant: broccoli, cabbage , cauliflower, onion
      Four weeks before last frost
      Sow indoors: cantaloupe, cucumbers, okra, pumpkins, squash, watermelon
      Three weeks before last frost
      Sow outdoors: carrots
      Transplant: brussels sprouts
      Week of last frost
      Sow outdoors: pole beans
      Transplant: cantaloupe, eggplant, lettuce, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, watermelon


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