Would you like to grow more food?
Can I be honest about something?
Once upon a time, I never use to care about garden planning.
For some reason I didn’t have a system and didn’t organize things ahead of time. In fact for the first many years it was complete chaos, I just did whatever I felt like, even if things didn’t work out.
Thousands of plants died to my gardening learning curve ’cause’. And you betcha I learned a ton from my mistakes. In fact, it was messing things up so badly that has made me into the gardener I am today.
Did you know you can grow more food with smart garden planning?
Now I put garden planning as high priority before the season starts.
(that’s why I came up with these printable garden planning sheets– check it out here)
- 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.
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.
With smart garden planning you can grow more food!
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.
Read garden planning like a rockstar here.
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.
The other is my garden planning ebook which comes with a bonus food 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.
You can also get my homestead planner & tracker
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.