Search Results for: label/Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist

Vegetable Garden Series Part 5: Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist

The Organic Vegetable Gardening Checklist is available as a PDF file. Simply click on the picture above to open and then print it out. This is a checklist I developed to help me keep track of our optimum planting schedule here in the Pacific Northwest, plus seeding and fertilizing information. I created this a few years ago and continue to refine it as needed. While it is tailored to the Pacific Northwest (west of the Cascades), I think it…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 1: Get Started Gardening

10 Basic Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden - An Oregon Cottage

…ings, hay, newspaper or purchased mulch to be able to lay down between plants to conserve moisture. Prepare your garden space. As soon as the ground can be worked in spring, build raised beds, clear sod, add organic matter, and do any other task you need for your garden to be ready to plant. Before planting anything, decide what you want to grow. Choose vegetables that your family actually eats, not what you think will be fun. Later you can exper…


Organizing: Garden Paperwork

garden planning binder

…idn’t work like I thought, a new bed is added…). All the previous years’ vegetable bed plans. To be able to see crop rotation past varieties I’ve grown. This is where to make notes of what grew well or didn’t or that you never want to plant again (say no to lemon balm…). The second divider holds last year’s Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist. (Click for a free download!) The check…


Vegetable Garden Planning- How Do You Plan and Organize?

main garden plan

…r… one thing I’m not is detailed. I could never be counted on to record what’s happening in my garden month-by-month like those sweet garden journals encourage. And believe me, I’ve tried. So I’ve come up with a system that is relatively painless and sort of records itself using the Organic Vegetable Gardening Checklist I created plus a simple gardening binder. The planning pages look like this: 1…


Organic Vegetable Gardening 101

Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 - An Oregon Cottage

…Here’s where you’ll find all the links to An Oregon Cottage’s classic series on organic vegetable gardening! We start from the basics of how to design your garden, how to start plants from seeds and then to care for them before planting them in your garden, plus ideas of how you can plan for a fall garden. Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 Series: Part 1: Introduction to Starting a Vegetable Garden Part 2: How to St…


Tuesday Garden Party- Favorite Garden Books (Hint: Gift Ideas!)

…the information to be able to garden without tilling, and where I first read about using newspaper and mulch in garden beds. Every gardener needs to read this book at least once. Steve Solomon has so much knowledge about Growing Vegetables West Of The Cascades. I use the recipe included in this book to make my own organic fertilizer. I used a lot of his recommendations when compiling my Organic Garden Monthly Checklist. Because of this book, I…


Tuesday Garden Party- Fall & Winter Themes

While its true that our vegetable harvests are winding down, I want to remind all the lovely Garden Party participants and my readers that the Tuesday Garden Party is not only about vegetables! It’s about all things garden related. Personally, I’ve loved getting some great ideas for decorating, new recipes, and plant names that I’ve written down that I want to grow next year. But I do know that with the weather cooling down, o…


Can Healthy Food Be Frugal? Part 1

…background information (if you haven’t figured this out from reading here:-): –1. I’ve had an organic garden since I started gardening 15 years ago. I read Organic Gardening magazine and realized that was the only way for me to garden, for a number of reasons (but to be brutally honest, frugality was probably #1- it’s just cheaper). –2. I’ve read books on organic gardening, where our food comes from, reasons w…


Vegetable Gardening Series Part 6: The Fall Garden

…area (and where you’re getting your information!) and with a little planning, we can fill the holes in the garden left by spring vegetables with fall ones and be able to continue harvesting into December. If you are in the Pacific Northwest, see my Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist for specific times and varieties for fall planting (I’ve also heard from others that it’s helpful in other regions as well in the north with just a…


Garden Chores By Month: April

April Garden Chores - An Oregon Cottage

…h their heads cut off. Hopefully this list will help you take a more sedate pace for the chores needed in April! Garden Chores by Month for April Vegetable & Fruit Garden: Prep main garden beds for spring & summer planting by weeding and turning in organic material. Harden off cool-weather seedlings started indoors (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, etc.). Plant starts of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, le…