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Getting Organized in the Garden: Seed Starting and Planting Schedule
Posted By Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home On January 29, 2010 @ 3:00 am In Gardening,Gardening 101,Getting organized | 19 Comments
One step to ensuring a really good gardening season is knowing in advance what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. This will help you to avoid planting things too late because you weren't ready or didn't have the right supplies on hand at the right time.
This year I found a really simple tool to help me make my garden plans:
This is my seed starting schedule from my ListPlanIt  membership. It's simple as can be, but it forced me to take a bit of time to think through what I need to do this winter and spring to have everything ready for the garden when I need it to be ready. It took me about 45 minutes to do the quick but necessary research to complete mine.
That's it! A little bit of research and effort, and now you have a blueprint for your seed starting and transplanting. This page could also easily be used for all of your other seeds that will go straight into the ground. Just skip the Sowing Date column and only write down the approximate time that you will plant these seeds directly into your garden.
To get ready for your garden even more, a next step would be to draw yourself a garden layout plan. You can see some examples of mine from last year in this post on succession planting . I haven't yet made mine for this year, although it is in the works. This is a very helpful tool to make sure that you have room for all that you want to plant and to start thinking strategically about which vegetables will go where (and why). One excellent book that I am referencing as I make my layout this season is Carrots Love Tomatoes , a book on companion planting.
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 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/01/getting-organized-in-the-garden-seed-starting-and-planting-schedule.html/seed-starting-listplanit-page-2
 ListPlanIt: http://cc459iizvaz8-li5rp1dr8qax2.hop.clickbank.net/
 Here's: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/climatenormals/climatenormals.pl?directive=prod_select2&prodtype=CLIM2001&subrnum%20to%20Freeze/Frost%20Data%20from%20the%20U.S.%20Climate%20Normals
 this one: http://www.victoryseeds.com/frost/canada.html
 this page: http://www.victoryseeds.com/information/planting_guide.html
 this one: http://www.almanac.com/content/growing-guide-vegetables
 Image: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/01/getting-organized-in-the-garden-seed-starting-and-planting-schedule.html/garden-layout-spring-09
 this post on succession planting: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/07/succession-planting-my-way-to-a-continuous-harvest.html
 Carrots Love Tomatoes: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580170277?ie=UTF8&tag=keeofthehom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1580170277
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