I have finalized my garden plan for this year, have ordered seeds and am already starting 100 onions, celeriac and a few herbs. I have used the free trial of the garden planner on territorial seed, and have liked it well enough that I am considering purchasing it for the year. I am still debating though.

One thing I did purchase though was the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook. I love this book! You enter your personal area’s last freeze date in the week labeled last freeze in the handbook, then work forward and backward from it, labeling every week according to your area’s dates. So I know exactly when to start each plant indoors, or outdoors, when to start checking for harvest, and a whole bunch of other garden chores to do. For example, this last two weeks I was supposed to take care of all of the plants I’ve already started, start celeriac, turn my compost pile (weather permitting, which it didn’t), and clean and sharpen my tools. It also has lots of information on a variety of gardening topics, and pages to keep notes about each month for 3 years.

The only ways I think it could be improved would be to have some kind of pocket to place print outs of garden plans, receipts, and other things in, and I would also like to see more room for notes. Other than that it is perfect.

I purchased my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I have purchased from Seed Savers International before, and had good results, but I wanted to try a new company this year.

My garden goals for this month are to post on this blog at least once a week, to work on getting my new garden patch straightened out, and rows built up in it, to get my seed starting shelves put up (hopefully tonight!), and for our area to get lots of rain and snow, particularly in the mountains, as we are in the middle of a drought and need all the help we can get.

What I am planting this year:

Asparagus, Garlic, Lettuce (looseleaf and head), beets, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, chives, sage, dill, mint, marjoram, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, rasberries, blackberries, strawberries, lots of tomatoes, eggplant, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, radishes, kale, swiss chard, spinach, potatoes, carrots, onions, peas, beans, corn, hot and sweet peppers, rhubarb, elderberries, melons, winter and summer squash, pumpkins, apple tree, peach trees, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees and a lilac bush.

I’ll go into more particulars as I start things and plant them.

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