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How to keep track of what to plant next?

Post  jjocsak on 7/6/2013, 2:44 am

I was just wondering how does everyone keep track of what they plant in there garden.
After the initial planting we have to keep track of what is OK or not OK to plant next.
Then crop rotation for the following years.

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Post  Frenchbean on 7/6/2013, 4:00 am

Hi Jeff. I m new to this, and I have asked so many questions and got some very good advice Very Happy 

I know some people on here print a yearly sheet of what they have grown.

I found a program called Suttons garden planner on line (I'm in England by the way) although obviously you will get access to it. Wink  They have an SFG part to the planner that works out crop rotation for you. You might wanna give it a try.

Im sure other folks on here will send you lots of suggestions also.

Im still very much a learner myself. So I will be watching your post and learning with you
   

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Post  jjocsak on 7/6/2013, 1:01 pm

Thanks Frenchbean we have the same stuff here at http://www.growveg.com.
Although it has much to offer it seems a bit too much for me (still testing).

I also tried:
1. https://www.smartgardener.com
2. http://www.sfgplanner.com/

I'm leaning toward #2 as it is simpler and can show planting dates and what was planted in that square before.

Or maybe someone else has a better idea than this.

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Re: How to keep track of what to plant next?

Post  Turan on 7/6/2013, 1:39 pm

I used to use a piece of paper to do a very rough outline mostly to make sure I was moving the tomatoes and its relatives.  As a square opens would just make sure I plant some thing different than what had been there before .   I tend to follow leafy greens with root crops.  Then the following year I check my memory and the scrap of paper to make sure I am moving the tomato relatives again.  I tend to move stuff in a clock ways pattern for some reason.   Some times keeping it simple is just enough.

Having said that

I love fussing with the version of growveg I get through Territorial seeds.  Especially in January. darn funny
I move little plants around and day dream and make lists of what seed I have and what I need etc etc.  It reminds me of playing with paper dolls when I was a kid.  They have a way to show you were you planted things the year before and as the years go on that warning fades.  This is if you renew each year.  It can help with monthly plantings plannings.  That was fun in January but too much bother now.  But I am trying to put notes in it of when I planted this year and when stuff sprouted and when harvesting started so I get a more quantified understanding of my microclimate and what is happening there.

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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/6/2013, 4:59 pm

I basically use Excel spreadsheet for my boxes and label for the year 2012, 2013, etc. Then each tab is a box. I give each box a number 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.

I make a 4x4 box for each tab with the name of veg, date planted and how many days til harvest time. It seems like a lot but it is easy since I do it in Jan/Feb when it is so cold out and I have the time. If you want to see a copy just PM me.

Then after the holidays I will move all the veg's I grew in box 1 to box 2 (if grew well), move veg's in box 2 to box 3, box 3 to 4 and box 4 to 1. I am always rotating the crops. I also try new veg's every year to see how they do. For example, last year and this year I tried Soy Bean. Last yr it didn't grow but this year it is!
I am also growing in a 4x8 box - three sisters garden.
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