5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning

[Music] For many of us, the prospect of a new
growing season signals a fresh start and the opportunity to grow
our best harvests ever. But success isn’t guaranteed. Follow our 5 golden rules to garden planning
and you’ll stand the best chance of reaping the bumper yields
that you deserve. Enjoying success with vegetables starts
with picking the right location to grow them in. Most vegetables prefer full sun, which encourages
strong growth and resilience to pests and diseases. If you haven’t got anywhere in full sun
then grow crops that can cope with shade such as leafy salads and greens. Cool season crops like peas will benefit from summer
shade in hot climates. Good soil is the foundation to any successful garden, so
make sure the ground your vegetables grow in is fertile and moisture-retentive,
yet well-drained. You can improve any soil type by adding well
rotted compost which can be dug in, or left on the soil surface between your crops. It may seem obvious, but there’s little point in growing what you don’t like. Concentrate on those fruits and vegetables you enjoy eating, and you’ll be motivated to keep your crops in good condition and see them through to harvest. By growing your own you can also place your emphasis on flavor, choosing varieties that promise
exceptional taste and quality. Where space is at a premium,
consider directing your growing ambitions towards those crops that are
especially prolific or expensive to buy, including most herbs, fruit, leeks, zucchini/courgette, and climbing or pole beans. Many types and varieties of fruits and
vegetables are well suited to growing in containers. Miniature varieties of vegetables, naturally compact salads, and tree fruits grown on dwarfing
rootstocks can all turn an empty terrace or balcony into a produce-packed paradise as long as they’re kept well-watered in summer. You can use our Garden Planner to
maximize the use of garden space. The Planner will show you exactly how many of
each vegetable or fruit you can grow within the space available to you,
without overcrowding them. Selecting a crop couldn’t be easier. Simply scroll through the selection bar,
then click to pick up a crop Move the cursor to your plan,
then click and drag to place. The software automatically calculates how
many plants can be grown in that area. Click on the accompanying plant list to
see the exact numbers of plants required for each crop making sowing and planting
accurate and predictable. Don’t let your kitchen garden get ahead of you! Some vegetables require more work than others,
so if you haven’t got much time choose vegetables that are easy to grow. For instance, perennial herbs require little maintenance once they’re established, and can be picked when needed. Pay attention to the descriptions of varieties, and opt for those that are suited to your growing conditions and the time and resources you have available. Pest and disease resistance is worth
seeking out if you’re after an easier time. Locating your vegetable garden nearer
to the house will make it easier to tend and harvest, while pots of regularly-used herbs
can be positioned right outside the back door. Most crops need watering in dry weather, so make sure there’s a water source near to your garden. Install additional water barrels to collect rainwater from greenhouse or shed roofs. Paths between beds should be wide enough for a wheelbarrow while beds should be of the right proportions
for easy maintenance and crop rotation. The Garden Planner can help you to lay out your garden like a professional. Layout the position of
paths, beds and containers… include vital garden objects such as
compost bins and water barrels… and mark the location of growing aids, for example
irrigation lines and plant supports. Stagger your harvests and enjoy home-grown produce for longer. Quick-growing crops such as radishes
can be sown little and often to spread harvests out. Prolific croppers such as climbing beans,
chard and zucchini/courgettes should be picked little and often to
encourage more produce to follow. With a little careful planning, one crop can
be followed immediately with another so that the ground is continually occupied and
achieving its full potential. The Garden Planner is a powerful tool to
help plan this type of succession cropping. By viewing your plan in a particular month,
you can see where and when gaps appear. You can then click the Custom Filter button to show only crops that can be sown or planted in that same month. Now choose any of the filtered crop choices to fill the gaps in your plan. How easy was that!? These rules may be simple, but they’re incredibly effective at improving results. If you have a must-follow rule that you garden by, please share it by dropping us a comment below. You can also watch our other videos for plenty more planning tips, and don’t forget our upcoming videos either. Subscribe to our video channel and enjoy regular new gardening videos as soon as they’re uploaded. I look forward to catching you next time. [Music]

47 thoughts on “5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning

  1. thanks for this video. i really like your garden you have a very healthy land.
    May I know what software you are using to plan your garden.

  2. How do you feel about following the planting advice of the Farmer's Almanac which follows the phases of the moon? The overall trend is that one should plant root vegetables during waning stages of the moon and above-ground crops during waxing stages of the moon. Do you follows that or do you have your own method?

  3. I enjoyed the video, but now I feel bad because I can't plant outside for a couple months. Thanks for the pain!

  4. I have a pest thats eating the stalks of my Fennel and Bell Peppers right off at ground level. I live in So. Cal. What is this pest and how can I rid myself of it.

  5. "…opt for those that are best suited to your growing conditions…" Here in middle Georgia, our "growing conditions" vary from year to year…even from week to week! LOL
    We have used the Grow Veg Planner for three years now. It is very useful, but MUST be followed in order to have the best chances of gardening success.

  6. Right now, I can only plan my "dream" garden. We have 6" of snow on the ground and it's gonna be -9 tonight with wind chills of -25 to -35. The only things we're growing are icicles! Spring is only 4 months away…….sigh.
    I've used Jung's Garden Planner for the past 3 yrs. They've improved it every year. I found it helpful to keep track of crop rotation., helped cut down on diseases a lot. A nice tool to have.

  7. what a great video on planning your garden and I love the garden planner. I am realizing that "Keeping up with the Jones's" on how much to plant is just crazy. I see these fantastic gardens and try to plant just as much, not thinking that most of the crops I don't even like. So I'll keep to my favorites and spend my extra time canning or freezing what I will eat. Thanks for the video. Kim

  8. I'm just starting to plan using the garden planner. im still learning how to use it. Think I'll have to do on main computer as I struggle on my iPad.

  9. My "must follow gardening rules" are: Don't stand in your garden beds – you'll compact the soil; thus no veg garden beds wider than 4 ft (if accessible from both sides – within 2ft arm-reach); and mulch, mulch, mulch to conserve water in summer.

  10. Great plan. It's true what you say. I only plant what I like and the amount of my family. For instance I'm planting lots of peppers, garlic, basil, and i just planted parsley seeds. those are a few things that I use a lots and my daughter. Thanks for the info. Loved and Subbed.

  11. a tip my wife change our blinds wooden and plastic I was not always keen until I found if break to the size you want use a pencil and they make great plant lables now she can change when ever she wants thanks for all you info 😁

  12. Wonderful planning tool! I enjoy these videos and this will be my first spring planting in the desert. I agree in choosing vegetables and flowers I enjoy and suitable for my hot and dry zone as we have water restrictions. I've been successful last season with your tips and got creative. I am using a 5 ft circular 18 inch raised earth wall with 12 inch center pot for watering technique. Laugh, but it works in the desert!

  13. Can the planning softwhere be used in any country? I am in New Zealand and just wondering if it would give me the acurate planting times/months

  14. Hi! I searched your channel, but couldn't see where to get the garden planner? It looks like a fun and useful tool.

  15. Is the garden planner only for USA?? I live in Brazil, (state of Mato Grosso) and the weather here is completely different from yours… Too hot, sunny most part of the year… Would you give me some help??? [email protected] ✌🏻️

  16. Just wondering if the garden planner is adaptable / applicable to the sub-tropics ie Gold Coast QLD Australia ? Thanks.

  17. I'm in a wheelchair and I am very interested in patio gardening. How can I do this and still have room to get around?

  18. Oh no, its happening… I'm getting garden fever !! Quick where my compost, the seed bins, the hoe,…
    Hopefully this year I'll have more time in the garden, usually too many large projects and the garden gets short shrift.
    Thanks for another inspiring video.

  19. I am a brand-new gardener am setting up a greenhouse to grow my first crops, my problem is I don't know which crops to grow. Does the garden planner help with this problem?

  20. Your videos on crop rotation are great, but I don't have multiple beds. I just have 1 raised 4 x 8 ft bed. Can I rotate within the bed or should I not regrow any vegetable in the bed for a 2nd or 3rd year? Probably a basic question, but I am new at this.

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  23. getting a bit tired of the garden planner ads all the time! i watch a lot of his vids and it just gets really old

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