Mini Challenge Two


Date:20 Sep 2021

Blog Type:Mini Challenge - Plan for Success, Vegetables

It is a miserable, wet day here, so inside jobs it is!

This is the plan for my garden for this season, its actually my first ever plan I have put on paper even! It was not as hard as I expected, but I'm pretty happy with it on the whole, and know I will have to make a few tweaks here and there throughout the season, and thats okay. 

For future plans, I would like to focus on companion planting, and try be better with crop rotation. But this is a great start, and I'll be able to look back at what was grown where, and what did or did not work well. She's a pretty scruffy plan but it means I can take the piece of paper I need out to the garden with me.

First of all I measured all my gardens, and for the two tunnel houses, I very roughly worked out what growing space I have, minus the walkway in the middle. I think i will have more room than I worked out, which is far better being that way then having less!

I found one of Hubby's work pads that has handy wee dots on it, so I went with each sqare dot equals 50cm.

I then got my seed container box out and went through everything I wanted to grow. I wrote those down, along with reading each seed packet (and google occasionally), I also jotted down what spacing was recommended, and how long either from direct sowing or from transplant they will approximetly take to grow.

As a starting point I used the 'plan in my head' from the previous season to try and remember where everything was planted last year, trying not to grow the same, or same family in the same place. Its a whole lot easier this year with having the extra tunnel house for crop rotation of heat loving plants.

I decided I will plant a most of my chillis, scallopini and capiscum in pots, that will give me the freedom to move them around as other things grow inside the tunnel houses. 

I have allowed space in the gardens for sucession planting of carrots, parsnips, radish, lettuce, silverbeet, spinach and spring onions. I still need to figure out where I'm going to put the celery, they may be plonked at end of rows or just where I can find a spot for them. They may even end up in the flower gardens, who knows! 

I have amost a blank canvas to work with, as I didn't plant much in autumn, and we have got through most of that already. I may have to sow/plant around a few things, but thats not an issue. 

I'm really excited to see how everybody else has planned their gardens, as I know i'm going to pick up more ideas on how to improve my plan for next season!

Mini Challenge Two