January new garden year? What the heck is that all about? Well usually on the first day of January everyone is making resolution I however make plans for the new garden year. I think that it is important to have a plan of what you want your garden to be before you even start to worry about planting, ordering seed, or tilling.
The first thing I do is look at my garden journal from last season and see what went well and what didn’t. My next decision is whether or not I want to reattempt those things that did not go so well or replace those projects with different ones. With that information in hand I am ready to start my search for new things I want to try.
I have several resources that I use to find new plants for the garden the first is the Online Garden Catalogs this is one of my main sources for plans for the new garden year. I check out whats new and also items I had thought about using in the past but did not get around too. I have a excel file on my computer that I use that stores the links to the online catalogs. I also add notes for each link about things I want to try and those I did try that way I can make a new list for this new garden year.
I also go to my new favorite source Pinterest this is a treasure trove of fresh ideas and information.There Rea so many Items that you could spend a week and not see everything. I usually find one or two ideas that strike my fancy then I set about trying to find if they will fit into my layout and what I need to do to adapt them. I do not copy everything I see but I find something of interest than pick out one or two ideas to expand on what is there.
Finally I go to my photo album of things I have seen the last year and taken pictures of. I find that this is most helpful to determine plants full size and their bloom times in our area.
Of course this is not all done in one day it usually takes 3 or 4 weeks to tweak everything down and get a good solid plain in mind and then put it down on paper. When it is all done I can start to order seed and plants for delivery as well as plan germination, potting, and set out dates for the different plants as well.
As you can see this is a long process but one that pays back dividends in the end because I save time by knowing what I am going to do when and have already prepared by having the necessary materials and supplies on hand when I am ready to act.