Creating a gardening timeline will surely come in handy. It sure seems like there are a lot of different dates to keep track of when it comes to creating a garden, doesn’t it?
You have to get the soil ready a few months before you want to plant
You need to plant at different times depending on what plants you choose, you need to set up a schedule for watering, feeding, weeding, and other garden care….
It can get overwhelming fast to someone who has never gardened before.
A really good tool you can use to help you stay on top of all the different dates you need to remember for planning your garden is creating a gardening timeline. This can be as simple as a piece of paper with some dates on it, or it can be as advanced as a special gardening spreadsheet or webpage.
Here are a few ideas you can use to help keep your garden on schedule and keep track of all the information you need to know to create the garden of your dreams.
A Garden Journal
Keeping a simple garden journal can be all you need to stay on track when it comes to planning your garden. You can use a simple three ring notebook like you used in school or you can keep a binder full of loose leaf paper or you can buy a commercially made garden journal that will have special sections for things like soil test readings, watering schedules, plant shopping lists, and other useful information.
Commercial garden journals that are available at gardening stores or bookstores can be a real lifesaver when it comes to planning your garden. Since they are created especially for gardeners, there is useful information in them, like a growing zone map, tips and hints on gardening, and a calendar you can personalize.
Online Gardening Reminders
There are some gardening websites where you can sign up for free and plan your entire garden online. You can use multi-media tools, check maps and growing zones, make lists of flowers that you would like to plant, and even do a mock garden to see how the plants would look together. Some of these sites also have automatic reminders that make sticking to a gardening timeline a breeze.
In creating a gardening timeline, you can enter a particular date, like the date you want to do a soil test so you can start preparing the soil for spring planting, and the website will email you an automatic reminder a few days before that date reminding you to do the soil test. The automatic reminders are a fabulous way to remember to do your gardening planning tasks on time.