Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Garden in a Jiffy

There is nothing more pleasurable than sticking your hands into soil. It takes me back to a time when I could sit for hours and watch ants as they crawled about their hill, or lie on my back watching clouds as I listened to the buzzing of bees.

Perhaps that's why I have always loved to have a garden. It simply gives me an excuse to play in the dirt!

I have tried many garden planners in my day, but this one is hands down the best. http://www.motherearthnews.com/garden-planner/vegetable-garden-planner.aspx  Mother Earth News is giving a free 30 day trial, how can you go wrong? Even if you hate the planner you will still walk away with a great plan for this year. I like it because it will save last years plan and allow for rotational growing systems. It certainly simplifies things. Plus they give instructional videos to help those less technical.

So with my plan underway - making sure there was extra corn, carrots, potatoes and squash like plants for all of the critters on the farm - I started my Jiffy pots.

I have 3 packs of Jiffy pots, each with 72 pots. That is 216 plants for those of you who like me, need a calculator.  I thought that 216 plants was MORE than enough for my garden. I mean, really - we all know that 216 plants actually means 1,895 weeds.

But then the garden planning software told me I needed more plants for my plan. And clearly the software is WAY smarter than I am - so I bought two more packs of Jiffy pots. Bringing my grand total to 360 plants.

This is going to be one hell of a garden!


  1. Hello!
    My name is Shelley, and I'm the gardening editor at Mother Earth News. We're so excited that you like the Planner! I'm putting together a little collection of sample plans that we're going to put on our website to show what people across the country are creating with the Planner. Would you have any interest in taking a screen shot of your garden layout and sending me the image?
    Thanks again, and happy gardening!
    Shelley Stonebrook
    Mother Earth News

  2. Hi Shelley
    I just saw this now. I would absolutely love to share it with you! What email can I send it to?