Garden Planning 7 Tips to Make Growing Food Simple


Identify your growing area and type

  • Include compost systems/worm farms
  • Put garden beds in an area you go past regularly or have easy access to, not in a dead area of your yard
  • How far is access water
  • Are you planning on monoculture or polyculture style garden?

Learn what grows well in your climate, area,  garden, and microclimates within your garden 

  • Observe your garden, 
  • Know where the wind comes from, what trees and structures cast shade and at what time
  • How does water flow when it rains
  • If this isn’t your first garden, take note of what grew well last season and what struggled a little. 

Identify what you like to eat – including what you might like to eat all year round

  • What type of plant are they? Tender plant, sprawling, climbing, canopy, shrub
  • How can you prolong the eating, freezing, preserving, drying etc
  • Incorporate as many perennials and self-seeding annuals as possible to minimise time planting

Know how do you want to start plants and identify what companion plants will be suitable

  • Do you want to plant seeds directly, plant seeds in trays, buy seedlings bor take cuttings?
  • What companion plants do you want to grow, what do you want them to do etc. (Listen to Episode 11 – What is companion planting and why is it so awesome.)

Know your planting to harvest times and plan successive planting dates

  • Starting the season early
  • Leave the room or be prepared to make room

If you get frost, hard summers, wet or dry seasons plan for these

  • Make the ‘downtime’ work for you by doing your planning, building structures, refurbing, maintenance etc.

Understand the time needed to inspect and tend to your garden regularly

  • The annual type of garden takes far more work than a permaculture style garden with lots of perennials, self-seeding annuals and various level canopies for protection
  • How will you manage the garden when you aren’t there?
  • Make time to just be in the garden and enjoy it


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