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Ashleigh Smith

Nov 29
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How To Plan A Garden

It's that time of year again! As the weather cools and you are cleaning out your garden for the year, consider what worked and what you would rather replace with something new. Take the time to plan out what you really want to grow, and how much to plan for. Planning now will end up saving you both time and money.

Each Spring we see the rush of people trying to buy seed, but not getting what they really wanted. Buying now and into the first of the year will help you beat the rush and get the best deals.

Right now we are running a sale on all of our gift guide items. These include our popular wildflower seed mixes, garden assortments, microgreen, sprouting, and fermenting kits, along with more great items for the gardener in your life. For our coupon code check out the red banner at the top of the page for 15% off. This sale is lasting as long as supplies lasts through the holiday season.

How To Plan A Vegetable Garden

How much space do you have? - Find out how much space you have to work with. This will determine how much you can plant. To measure, simply calculate the length times width of your space to get the number of square feet.

What kind of light do you have? - Knowing if your garden will get full sun vs. part sun will greatly influence what you can plant or specific varieties you will want to get. Generally full sun is desired for vegetable gardens, however you can still have success with partial sunlight or shade. For guidance on what vegetables do best in partial shade take a look at our vegetables that grow in shade page.

What do you want to plant? -Keeping the amount of space you have and how much you want to harvest in mind, consider what you want to plant. Do you want a little of everything, or do you want to test out different varieties of a specific fruit or vegetable?

When should I plant my garden? -The timing of your planting is key to getting the most out of your garden. If you plant too early you may be in danger of experiencing a frost event. To avoid this, plan to get your garden in after the last average frost date in the spring. This information can be found with a quick search through the National Centers for Environmental Information.

When to harvest? -Calculate your harvest date using the days to maturity listed with each seed. If you are transplanting starts you will use the days to maturity from planting number. Count from your plant date forward to know when you can start harvesting. It can also be helpful to schedule any additional fertilizing or maintenance, like pruning or thinning, that should take place. If you are wanting to harvest by a specific date just count back the days to maturity to know when you should start planting.

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I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.

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I learned a lot from this article! We give our cat wheatgrass but never knew how good it was for them! I just bought some seeds to grow our own so our cat can have it all the time.

Kathie Hitt

This is amazing! I had no idea you could grow your own popping corn. Will be definitely adding to my fall gardening plan to surprise my family. Thank you!


Thank you for the helpful information! As a beginner gardener it has been tempting to start everything indoors. It’s helpful to know that it best to directly sow some crops.


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