There is a magical window of quiet time that comes during the darkest months of winter. For me, late January through mid-February are spent cozied up by the fire, sketching out all of my big dreams and plans for the year ahead. It’s a welcome opportunity for a fresh start that I look forward to every season.
However, as seed catalogs start pouring in it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, and end up ordering way more than you have room to plant or even afford after you consider drip irrigation and compost and other boring, but critical, supplies. That’s why it’s so important to take the time at the beginning of the year to make a master plan. The planning process will help you refine your goals, identify necessary supplies and schedule all of the important dates and tasks to have a successful flower growing season.
I finally boiled my personal planning process down into a 20-page printable kit that you can get for FREE by pre-ordering my book which comes out March 7th. It doesn’t matter where you order your copy from, or when you ordered it. Just head to the book page of our website, enter your email address, receipt (or) order number and the planning kit will be emailed to you within minutes. If you don’t see it, be sure to check both your promotion and spam folders!
In the kit you will find my favorite garden planning resources including:
Garden Specs Worksheets: Use these sheets to record important information about your current and potential garden plots, including soil type, amount of sun, and space dimensions.
Cutting Garden Wish List: Use these pages to jot down all of the varieties that you want to include in your cutting garden this year. Let yourself dream big and include everything on your wish list.
Garden Supply Shopping List: Use these sheets to capture all of the important supplies, tools and gear that you need to order to have a successful growing season.
Plants Spacing Recommendations: Calculating the number of plants you will need for dozens of different flower varieties based on the space you have can feel overwhelming. At Floret, we’ve simplified the process by creating five main spacing regimes. In these pages you’ll find recommendations for many of the most common varieties.
Garden Design Sketch Pad: Use these pages to pencil out what you want your garden set up to look like.
Seed Sowing Schedule: This worksheet will help you schedule when and what to plant, so that you can minimize waste and start just the right amount of plants for your garden.
Field Notes: Use these pretty pages to track details and growing notes for all your favorite flowers.
Sample Cutting Garden Plan: You’ll find plans for a generous cutting garden which measures 20-by-60-feet that will produce an abundance of flowers and foliage from late spring through autumn. The plan is scalable, so depending on how much space you have to work with, just increase or decrease the bed lengths to suit your needs.
After a decade of growing flowers I have learned the importance of planning ahead. Investing a little time on the front end of the growing season will ensure a well-stocked garden that provides an abundance of beautiful bouquets all season long. I’m excited to dive into the process here tomorrow.
If you’ve already pre-ordered the book you can download your copy of the planning kit HERE. To claim the free bonus gift, simply scroll down to the area that says: “How to Claim Your Free Bonus Gift” and follow the instructions. After you enter your information, you’ll receive and email confirmation, and then another email (this usually takes 20-30 minutes) containing your printable Planning Kit. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your trusted senders list so that it doesn’t end up in your spam or promotions folders. Please note that this bonus gift is digital, so you will not be receiving anything in the mail.
Before we dive in tomorrow, here are two posts you can read today that should get your mind whirling with new ideas and hopefully some inspiration. See you back here bright and early!