Gardening in the ice and snow of Pennsylvania seems impossible until you try it in an unheated hoophouse. 2011 will be my third year of year-round gardening and this blog will be a journal and calendar of planting schedules, successes, failures and hopefully, a bountiful harvest.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
OCD GARDEN CHART
My garden chart is an indispensable tool for knowing when to seed and transplant. With just a glance, I can see what needs to be done in the coming month. When the task is complete, I mark the numeral date under the month and use colors to denote whether it is in the hoophouse (orange), sown inside (pink), or directly sown into the garden without covering (green). Although I use a calendar for more descriptive notes, the chart also notes germination temps, growing temps, days to harvest, succession planting, fall crop and whether it is a candidate for the hoophouse. There is also a small area for notes such as a reminder to 'ruffle the tomato seedlings'! March, April and May are the busiest months since by June, the garden is pretty much running on it's own. But then there are reminders to seed at the end of September for the fall crops. I can't imagine vegetable gardening without the garden chart.