This blog is about a garden located in Melbourne, Australia, where summer heat and long periods without rain can make gardening a challenge. It is the gateway to a series of blogs showing you how to deal with these conditions__________________________________John Ashworth 22/04/2017.
An important part of my gardening style is to carefully plan what I'm growing and in which beds. Thispropagation plan is adjusted as I go to reflect any improvements I may makeduring theyear.
I use it to coordinate planting and harvesting so the beds are kept occupied all year round. I also calculate occupancy rates (%) for each bed each month, and work out how many seeds to order every 6 months.
Each year I start a new plan based on the old one in its improved form.
The plan details which plants need to be sown each month including quantites to be grown, and whether the seeds should be sown in a propagator or directly into the ground.
My propagation plan is a calendar and a diary, and contains links to my vegetable database. Useful information can be looked up when the next crop is ready to be grown.
I also maintain a services plan to remind me when to make hot compost including when to mix and aerate it during its 18 day process. I plan when to order seeds, when to spray aerated
compost tea, when to apply compost extract and when to look out for seasonal pests.
The main thing
is that these two planning blog pages enable me to continuously improve my vegetable garden's