Smart Garden Planning for Spring
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Smart Garden Planning for Spring

Create a Simple Plan for a Garden Season
4.7 (9 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
76 students enrolled
Created by Megan Cain
Last updated 12/2018
English [Auto]
Price: $29.99
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to create a simple garden plan to set them up for a successful season.
  • Have some experience with gardening.

Grow more vegetables than ever in your garden this season!

Your garden should add to your life by bringing you more of the things that breathe color into your days—things like food, beauty, health, pleasure, and joy.  And less of the things that bring you stress, like weeds, pests, and failing vegetable plants.

The most successful gardeners take some time before the garden season begins to devise a simple and smart plan for the year.  A smart garden plan lays the groundwork for a beautiful garden that yields lots of food for the least amount of time and money invested.

Smart Garden Planning for Spring is a fresh and simple approach to planning your garden. This video series keeps planning practical, down-to-earth, and fun!

You’ll work through your plan step-by-step, and at the end you’ll have a personalized blueprint for what a successful season in your garden looks like.

Your garden dreams really can come true…you just have to plan for them!

This class is for you if:

  • You care about getting real results for your gardening efforts.

  • You’re not interested in bumbling your way through the process, wasting money and time as you go.

  • You love the idea of having a successful garden that feeds healthy food to you and your family.

  • You’re incredibly busy with work, school, kids, family, cooking, and household chores and don’t have endless hours to devote to gardening.

  • You’re looking for a fresh and simple approach to garden planning that you can use over and over again each year.

  • You’re looking for encouragement and inspiration to try new vegetables and new ideas.

What you'll learn:

Includes a digital copy of my book, Smart Start Garden Planner: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Season

Designing Your Smart Garden: exercises and worksheets to help you reflect on last year’s garden and clarify your garden vision for this season, important questions to ask yourself before deciding what to grow.

Veggie Essentials: learn the different characteristics of vegetables so you can strategically choose which to grow – find out in which season you get a harvest, how much food you can expect to harvest from each plant, how much space the plants take up, and how many days until you’ll start harvesting food.

Seeds & Plants Simplified: know when to plant a seed or a plant, different kinds of seeds explained, how to choose the best varieties for your garden, recommendations for unique and colorful varieties, how to plant for beauty with flowers, and the best places and times to buy plants.

When & How to Plant Your Garden:  create a personalized spring planting calendar so you know exactly when to plant each vegetable

Simple Recordkeeping: how keeping records makes you a better gardener, why and how to create a garden map and binder, and tips for planning out your garden on paper.

This series will set you up for success by helping you stay focused on planning your garden so that you’re more organized, intentional, and inspired heading into the new season! 

Who this course is for:
  • Gardeners who'd like to get more food from their garden this season.
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 01:22:57
+ Design Your Smart Garden
5 lectures 09:09

The most successful gardeners are those who come up with a simple plan for the season. Here's what we'll be covering in the next few videos. You can also download the full digital copy of my book, Smart Start Garden Planner, here.

Preview 01:48

Before you jump into planning this year's garden, take a step back and think about your successes from last season and what you'd like to do differently this year.

Preview 01:58

It's time to zoom out and look at the bigger picture of how your garden fits into your life.

Your Garden & Life Vision for This Year

Now it's time to dive in and take a look at your grocery shopping, cooking, and eating habits so you can decide what you want to grow in your garden this season.

Choosing What You Want to Grow in Your Garden This Season

If you don't currently get colorful seed catalogs in the mail you're really missing out! Here are my three favorite.

It's Time to Order Your Seed Catalogs
+ Veggie Essentials: Getting to Know the Different Characteristics of Vegetables
4 lectures 27:43

The different vegetables you'll plant in your garden produce widely different amounts of food, which is why it's important to understand how much food each plant will provide you with throughout the season. In addition to watching these videos, you can download and read the entire Veggie Essentials section and Cheat Sheet from my book, Smart Start Garden Planner.

How Much Food Will You Harvest From Each Plant?

Sometimes, when we're holding a seed or small plant, we have trouble imagining how big it will grow. This often means things get planted too close and become overgrown, which effects how well each plant produces. See the Veggie Essentials section of the Smart Start Garden Planner for more on this topic.

How Big Do the Plants Grow?

Vegetables vary widely in the number of days they need to grow until we can harvest them for dinner. We'll break them down into three categories for you so you can plan to plant a few from each. See the Veggie Essentials section of the Smart Start Garden Planner for more on this topic.

How Many Days Until You Get a Harvest?

Now that we've looked at each vegetables from a variety of perspectives, what does it all mean? See the Veggie Essentials section of the Smart Start Garden Planner for more on this topic.

Preview 04:10
+ Seeds & Plants Simplified
6 lectures 41:04

Depending on which vegetable you're planting sometimes you'll be planting a seed from a packet and sometimes you'll be planting a baby plant. Learn which vegetables fall into these two categories.

When to Plant a Seed or a Plant

A lot of terms and phrases get thrown around when people start talking about seeds. To help you make your own educated decisions, here are a few definitions  you'll want to be familiar with as you dig through your catalogs.

Understanding Different Types of Seeds

Flipping through a seed catalog can be confusing because there's so much information listed in there! I'll break down the different elements and show you what to pay attention to when chossing which seeds to grow in your garden.

How to Read a Seed Catalog

If you're ready to create a garden that feeds your body and your soul, add some of these favorites to your seed order this year.

Favorite Unique Varieties to Grow

It's time to get ready to place your seed orders. Here are the steps I work through to make my final decisions.

How to Narrow Down Your Seed Order

In this lesson you'll learn how to create a personalized Spring Planting Schedule so you know the best time to plant each vegetable in your climate.

Preview 04:38
+ Wrapping Up Your Garden Planning
3 lectures 05:01

A quick behind-the-scenes look at how I organize my seeds.

Quick Planning Tip: Organizing Your Seeds

If you hold on to your plant labels you'll be interested in this simple way to organize and keep track of them.

Quick Planning Tip: Organizing Your Plant Labels

I'll share some final thoughts and some resources for continuing to build your garden skills.

Where to Go From Here!