Map Out the Planting Year in Advance

“The best way to get the most from our mild climate is to map out the planting year in advance. You will never be able to use all of your garden all year if you wait to see a bare spot in your garden before deciding what to plant next. If you are a beginner, a good way to learn to think in terms of year-round planting is to divide the year into four main planting seasons: April-May, July-August, October-November, and February-March.”

Pam Pierce, Golden Gate Gardening

I began with a small plot over the last two years, but this year I’m going to attempt to expand my scope with a wider range of crops in my vegetable garden, including some more exotic greens I want to cook with, but I can’t get in the local markets. I’ll be using many of Pierce’s techniques, including creating a monthly planting calendar, to see if I can achieve more variety and bigger yields in my garden, all year round.

Subscribe to my posts to get emails of my monthly planting calendar, based on Pierce’s recommendations for Sunny and Foggy locations (my garden seems to straddle the line between the two–but I’m still learning which crops work best season to season.)

Thoughts? Suggestions? I love your comments!


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