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Some Thoughts on Garden Planning

By TBGDN
October 22, 2015

When it comes to garden planning (and planting), I can only speak for myself. I try to use self-discipline when it comes to managing the yards and gardens; and what is to be grown there, planted there, and removed from there. Also I think about what will save time, money, and work. With each passing year I give careful consideration to each of these, especially the "work" part!

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Name: Susie
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Oct 21, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Great article and beautiful photos! Thinking ahead when you plan your garden is great advice, I wish I had considered that. I am one of those that planned my gardens when I was younger and stronger and didn't consider that wouldn't last forever and now have a hard time keeping up with everything. But I love every plant and every bed so it is very hard to decide where to start cutting back. Sighing!
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Oct 21, 2015 8:21 PM CST
I hate to admit it Susie, but every passing year seems a little more challenging! I have cut back considerably with the help of some 'creaky joints' and a few odd pains here and there. But, I'll never stop what seems like a way of life. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 21, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Over-plant? Who? Me?? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Excellent article, Leon - Every year I plan, plan, and plan some more (that's what winter is for here)... and then end up cramming "just a few more" things into the allotted space Blinking (We have 14 acres, but fortunately most of it is cedar swamp so I do have some limitations.) And I so agree, every year it takes me longer to get things done than it did the year before. I also have a bit of a problem with fearing a major crop failure, so I tend to plant about twice as much of the main things (tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, squash) as I should.... Sighing!

I hate to think of the time when I just cannot garden anymore!! (in the meantime, I'll keep planting more than I need to and making extra work for myself...)
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Marilyn
Oct 21, 2015 11:19 PM CST
Leon

Great article! Beautiful gardens and pics.

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Hemophobic
Oct 22, 2015 6:03 AM CST
Thank you, Leon, for this article. I guess we're all guilty of the foolish vanity of youth with no thought of aging backs and
aching joints. If I thought at all, I thought I would still be me, just an older version. Never did I dream of knee pain or hip
replacement!

I'm in the midst of rejuvenating a long-neglected garden we purchased last year and it has been a tremendous amount of
hard work. I'm finally realizing that if I want to have this project finished before I die, I'll need some help, so I'm meeting with
a landscaper this morning to get some advice. Hope the estimate doesn't send me into cardiac arrest!
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Oct 22, 2015 6:42 AM CST
Excellent article! And we are all getting older, although I firmly believe that gardening helps us stay active and young at heart.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Oct 22, 2015 7:41 AM CST
Sandy,
I have about the same problem with "fear of crop failure", especially with tomatoes, potatoes & sweet onions! I'm beginning to wonder if it's an "illness", something like our parents enduring the great depression. I order onions from Dixondale in Texas, and I find myself adding just "one more bunch" to the order! This year I wound up with over 600 onion plants! We gave over half of them to neighbors.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Oct 22, 2015 7:48 AM CST
LOL, Leon -- you need to start your own onion plants from seed, then you can REALLY have lots of them! I think my "FOCF" (Fear of Crop Failure) stems (so to speak) largely from one year when I really DIDN'T get enough tomatoes to make any salsa, and then couldn't even find any canning tomatoes to buy... Good thing I don't depend on gardening/farming to make my living Blinking
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Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Oct 22, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Thanks Marilyn, Glad you liked it!
Angie, Those knee & hip pains seem to come and go, but lately "come" and stay longer! Glare I suppose it is a normal part of the aging process. Some do not like to think about it, but I find it a worthwhile challenge to "keep on going"! And there's nothing wrong with calling in a landscaper. That could save time and money in the long haul.
Jeanie, Good morning in Minnesota! You are so right: Gardening keeps us active both mentally and physically! That is so important.
Thanks to everyone for the comments! Smiling
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vic
Oct 22, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Leon, you photo's are so beautiful. I always enjoy all the photo's you post.

We too, are heading into our twilight years much faster than we would like. We cut back on our veggie gardens every year.
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Oct 22, 2015 8:23 AM CST
vic said:Leon, you photo's are so beautiful. I always enjoy all the photo's you post.
We too, are heading into our twilight years much faster than we would like. We cut back on our veggie gardens every year.


Thank you Vicki! I've noticed the time goes much too fast. I can remember as a child when I would start counting the days to Christmas in October. That seemed like eternity! Smiling
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Hemophobic
Oct 22, 2015 9:54 AM CST
And the night before Christmas was never-ending!!
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Oct 23, 2015 1:54 PM CST
Excellent article, Leon. Some people will plant something in the middle of the lawn whereas incorporating it into their current gardens would make much more sense.

When my husband was the prime mower he hated one area where he had to back up repeatedly to get the grass cut so we both designed the obelisk garden and he no longer had that problem and neither do the current mowing guys.
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Oct 23, 2015 2:16 PM CST
Thanks Arlene,
Always makes sense to eliminate obstacles. I still have a couple that I'm working on (after all these years).
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 23, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Each time I solve and issue and feel it's the last one, I'm wrong!
Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Oct 23, 2015 2:31 PM CST
Arlene: your garden is lovely! Inspiring me to add an obelisk when I get the big bed in my front yard
installed.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 23, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Hemophobic said:Arlene: your garden is lovely! Inspiring me to add an obelisk when I get the big bed in my front yard
installed.


I agree

I'm thinking of tackling the job of completely re-doing my perennial bed and would love to add an obelisk (or 2)...

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 23, 2015 6:13 PM CST
Thanks, Angie and Sandy. I'd rent out Jack to help out but he has worked hard enough here, and at 85 he enjoys the rest.
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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Oct 23, 2015 6:37 PM CST
I hear you on the rest. I enjoy it every chance I get!

BTW, what are the two clems on those obelisks?
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 23, 2015 8:12 PM CST
The dark pink is Dr. Ruppel and the blue is HF Young.

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