Creating a Garden Calendar – Day 4 Adding details to your list

We are working our way through a series called “Creating a Garden Calendar“.  If this is your first time joining us, welcome.  You are not too late to join us.  Grab a calendar, pen, and beverage of choice.  You will be right where we are in no time.

Yesterday, we made a list of our standard, base garden plants.  When you wrote it I said to leave some space to the right, and/or left, of the plants listed.  Today, we are going to use some of that space.

Every year there are some plants I like to start from seed and others I like to get as transplants.  Also, some I prefer to be heirlooms and others it doesn’t matter to me.  There may be other details you would like to add to your list.  This is the time to do so.

Using whatever method you prefer, make notations about those preferences.  The most important part is that you remember what they all mean.  If you are afraid you’ll forget then find a blank square on your calendar (during one of your active spring gardening months) or a corner on your list and make a note of what the abbreviations mean.  Here are the ones I use:

S = start from seed

T = buy as a transplant

H = heirloom

If something is noted as “HS” then it means “heirloom from seed”.  Some plants I don’t know right now so I mark as “T or S”  and others as “T (or S)”.  There is a slight difference in the meanings.  The first means I don’t care and it depends on what is demanding my time when I should be starting from seeds, or how much I have spent on seeds already if I don’t already have the seeds left from previous years.  The later shows that I prefer transplants but would do from seed if I happen to have the seed already.  Same for “S (or T)”.  I would prefer to start them from seed but will do transplants if for some reason the time for seeds passes.

Another item you could add is a list of seed companies or places that you plan to get your seeds and transplants from.  In the past I have ordered from Seed Savers Exchange, but there are a lot of other places to order from.  I have also gotten seeds and transplants from the local hardware store.  Thought I’ve only ordered seeds through the mail, you could also order transplants.

What are some of the details you have added?  Did you further specify the kinds of plants (ex: straight 8 cukes versus pickling cukes) or still leave them somewhat general?  How did you make your notations?

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