Keep a Record
It is important to keep a record of what you
planted and when you planted it.
Make a simple chart like the following:
The above shows how a record should
be kept. Of course, only the first column is
written in ahead. I want to emphasize the
importance of putting down your data on the day
or harvest, or notice anything worth recording.
If you let it go until
tomorrow it is likely you will forget and then
this information will be lacking next year.
Try these short-cuts to success, even if you
have had a garden before.
They will make a big difference in your garden;
less work and greater results.
Jan. 1st--Send for catalogs. Make planting plan
and table. Order
Feb. 1st--Inside: cabbage, cauliflower, first
sowing. Onions for
Feb. 15th--Inside: lettuce, cabbage,
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts,
March 1st--Inside: lettuce, celery, tomato
March 15th--Inside: lettuce, tomato (main),
eggplant, pepper, lima
beans, cucumber, squash; sprout potatoes in
Inside: cauliflower (on sods),
muskmelon, watermelon, corn.
Outside: (seed-bed) celery, cabbage, lettuce.
Onions, carrots, smooth
peas, spinach, beets, chard, parsnip, turnip,
radish. Lettuce, cabbage(plants).
May 1st--Beans, corn, spinach, lettuce, radish.
May 15th--Beans, limas, muskmelon, watermelon,
summer squash, peas, potatoes, lettuce, radish, tomato (early), corn,
limas, melon, cucumber
and squash (plants). Pole-lima, beets, corn,
kale, winter squash,
pumpkin, lettuce, radish.
June 1st--Beans, carrots, corn, cucumber, peas,
summer spinach, summer
lettuce, radish, egg-plant, pepper, tomato (main
June 15th--Beans, corn, peas, turnip, summer
lettuce, radish, late
cabbage, and tomato plants.
July 1st--Beans, endive, kale, lettuce, radish,
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and celery plants.
July 15th--Beans, early corn, early peas,
Aug. 1st--Early peas, lettuce, radish.
Aug. 15th--Early peas, lettuce, radish in
seed-bed, forcing lettuce for
fall in frames.
Sept. 1st--Lettuce, radish, spinach and onions
for wintering over.
NOTE.--This list is for planting only
and an estimate. You will have to adjust the
times for your area. Spraying and
other garden operations
may also be included in such a list.
You will want to create a planting table
which will show the vegetables you can grow in
your area and when they can be planted, etc.
The table should look similar to this:
||When to plant
||Depth to sow
You can get this information to fill your chart
from seed packages, your garden store or many
seed catalogs also have this information.
Go to your local garden store with a note
book and a pencil. These are the people who will
have the best information for your area. They
plant every year so they know the best times for
This is a record that you will create once
and use for a lifetime.
When you get your new calendar for the year,
you can go through and add the vegetable and
when to plant information right to your wall or
desk calendar. This way you will remember when
it's time to start planting.