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Organized Sowing

By RickCorey
September 23, 2013

Recording when you direct sowed or transplanted out, is the only way to learn what the ideal dates are for each variety in your micro-climate.

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bitbit
Sep 22, 2013 7:33 PM CST
I made mine in Excel (actually, the OpenOffice equivalent, but either will work). I set it up so each cell of the spreadsheet represents 1x1 foot in the garden, then color code things like beds (green), walkways (brown), and patios/structures (grey). I keep a blank one called "gardenplan", then each season just use the "Save As" feature to make a copy of it, named along the lines of "gardenplan_Spring2013" and fill the bed cells with plant names.

It works for the first round or two of planting, but eventually I get swamped with garden chores and stop updating it. Oh well, it's a nice idea in theory Whistling
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Xeramtheum
Sep 23, 2013 7:28 AM CST
I have my whole garden mapped out but I use Word .. never thought of using a spreadsheet. Nice job! I do have my seed catalog in spreadsheet form and have columns for sowing date and germination date
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Sep 23, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Thanks very much.

I hadn't thought of using a grid to make a map, or of using Excel to serve as the grid!

It makes a lot of sense to collect your discoveries into a spreadsheet or other document. I haven't gotten that far for MY climate yet. Really all I have is what I read in catalogs, seed packets and online. Generic advice like (6-8 weeks before frost frost date".

I did put those generalities together into a Word "table", just so that I could see what tasks were coming up, and which ones I was late getting to. As I determine the dates that work best in my yard, for specific varieties, I think that a spreadsheet or Word doc would be a better way to save that information.


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Baltimore County, MD (Zone 7a)
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bitbit
Sep 23, 2013 7:42 PM CST
Yes, my spreadsheet actually has a second page (tab? not sure what they're called) with info on timing. Plant name, sowing date, germination date, transplant date, first harvest, last harvest... something like that.

Unfortunately, it suffers from the same problem as the map - it just can't keep up with what I do outside when I forget about updating it for a few weeks Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 24, 2013 1:04 PM CST
I know what you mean! I always plan to do five times as much as I have time to do. When I really discipline myself, I plan to do twice as much as I can.

I keep thinking that I'll have more time when I retire ... but will I have any energy?

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