garden planning part two

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The goal for the 2013 veggie garden is quality rather than quantity.  I have already made my not-to-do list and now it is time for the to-do list.  Some adjustments may need to be made when I get to drawing out a plan for what goes where but here is the list so far.

2013 To Plant List
  • yardlong beans
  • scarlet runner beans
  • broccoli
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • tomatillos
  • pod peas

garden planning for 2013 or the not-to-do list

Friday, January 25, 2013

I love gardening and I love plants, but last summer there were times when I didn't even feel like going into the garden because the tasks were overwhelming.  Thinking ahead for the 2013 garden and how to avoid that feeling reminded me of a concept I read in a Real Simple magazine: the not-to-do list vs. the to-do list.  When the list of tasks you should do or could do becomes too long, make a not-to-do list instead.  This list is for all the things you are going to deliberately not do so you can focus on the things that really have priority.  While this concept was intended for daily tasks, I am applying it to my garden.  There is nothing wrong with the plants that are on my list, they are simply things I am choosing not to grow so I can grow other things with excellence.  

Swiss Chard from a previous year's garden

2013 Garden Not-to-do List:

  • Summer squash or zucchini
  • Winter squash
  • Melons
  • Hot peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Kolorabi
  • Swiss Chard