If you are looking for a great way to get your garden organized, Joy’s Garden Planning Printables is a great way to go!

 

Joy On This Mom’s Journey Garden Planning Printables

Website: joyonthismomjourney.com

 

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I might make a small commission, but it does not affect the price you pay!

 

My Story:

 

One of the biggest struggles on a farm is to get organized – especially when it comes to ideas and planning. As an avid gardener, I can easily plan a garden in my head. But remembering what to plant, where to plant it, what companions a given plant likes or doesn’t get along with – all of this can too easily become a blur.

As with all things, gardening takes very careful planning. When Joy approached me about becoming an affiliate, I took a hard look at her Printables.  and I was amazed. There is not one thing that hadn’t been covered. I knew I had to have this, and feel strongly that it would be beneficial to all gardeners. So I signed up.

 

Things you will find in the pages:

 

• Seed List – This gives you a place to write down the year, plus make a list of all the seeds you have and where you ordered them. I have ordered seeds in the past that I love, but have forgotten where they came from. Now I don’t have to worry about that!

• List of Vegetables to Plant – I have my standard favorites, but each year I love to try something new. Some are great for spring/summer gardens; some do better in the fall and winter. This helps me to keep track of what is going in my garden, and when.

• Companion Planting – One of the most beneficial things you can do in a garden. Joy breaks it down with a Main Crop column, and then three others to add the best companion plants. This is especially beneficial if you plant multiple rows of an item.

• Succession Planting – there are a couple of helpful pages on this. We all want our gardens to produce as long as possible, and to make it work, you need to learn to plant successively. Joy offers a page of succession planting suggestions, as well as a worksheet for your own garden.
• Spacing – This is a handy page to have, as it gives you information on what kind of spacing you need for a given plant.
• Yearly Task Checklist – Growing a garden doesn’t mean planting in the spring, harvesting, then walking away. To have the best garden possible, there are things you should do all year long. I love this section!

 

What I love about this product:

 

1. I can print off an original, and then make copies for each season/year.

2. It is easy to follow.

3. I can three-hole punch the pages and keep them in a notebook. I can also take it a step further and add sections for each year. This is beneficial to me as I can look back and see what has done well; which tastes the best; and keep track of my seeds – all in one easy to find location.

4. Great layout. It is colorful and has plenty of space for entries.

5. Cost Effective. I have seen garden ‘diaries’ in the stores. Each one is usually good for just one year / one garden. With Joy’s, you make an initial investment, then can make copies of the original for as long as you want to garden. Those in the stores are usually bound, and not easily reproduced without destroying it.

 

Thoughts:

 

Once I get each garden/year in my notebook, I also plan on adding a separate page for notes. Did it do well in my climate? What pests did I encounter? How can I can/preserve/dry or use this in cooking or baking? This doesn’t really affect the garden portion, but it will help me keep all my thoughts in order. And just maybe it will keep me from going overboard when ordering seeds!

As you can see, I am an affiliate with Joy. With that affiliation, I am able to offer a 10% discount on your purchase. Just click the title ‘Garden Planning Printables’, and it will route you to her site. If it asks you for a coupon code, just enter THEFARMWIFE10. If you still have problems, just let me or Joy know, and we will get it corrected right away!

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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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