Garden Planning Resources

garden planning resources

This post may contain affiliate links.Winter is the perfect time to plan this year’s garden. Take this time to gather all of your resources- seeds, books and your imagination- to get a plan on paper, ready for planting when the weather warms up. If you are new to gardening or if you are just looking for new information and fresh ideas, here is a list of some of the best garden planning resources you can find!

Garden Planning Books


Let’s start with books. Many of these books can be found at your local library, but many of them are worth the investment and deserve a permanent spot on your bookshelf.

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Carrots Love Tomatoes: This book is the ultimate resource for companion planting. It will take you through what to plant together and what to keep away from each other. The author not only includes sections on vegetable and fruits but also herbs, nuts, wild plants and much more. related post: 16 Ways to Use Companion Planting to Control Pests Naturally

All New Square Foot Gardening: This book covers everything you would want to know about square foot gardening. Square foot gardening is a perfect way of gardening for those with limited space or those who need help and guidance through the gardening process.

Vertical Vegetable Gardening: If you are short on space, yet have big plans, Vertical Vegetable Gardening will help you plan your garden to maximize your space and efforts! Chris will take you through how to garden and what structures to use to grow up, plus how to tend your vertical plants and the best varieties to plant.

The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Don’t know when to start your seeds, plant them out, or start harvesting for the best flavor? This book is here to save the day! With weekly do-to lists the task of planning, planting and tending a garden is broken down into manageable tasks. As most gardening books are, this handbook is written from the zone of the author. You will have to make adjustments for length of time and such if you have a longer or shorter growing season.

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) :This is not only a gardening guide, but one on how to live more sustainably in general. It does have quite a large section on gardening that will walk you through the planning stages, tools you will need, what to plant and how.

Get the ultimate gardening too, The Gardening Notebook, for only $9.95. SchneiderPeeps.comIf you like to plan on paper, but need some help staying organized, The Gardening Notebook might be for you. Angi Schneider has put all of your garden planning needs in one spot. With tips on how to get started, enriching your soil and how to grow individual vegetables plus a planting calendar, layout pages and many other worksheets you will have all of your planning in one spot so that you can spend more time actually gardening! Click here to view more details


Garden Planning Websites


garden planning websites SproutRobot: SproutRobot is a simple service- you input your zipcode and it comes back with a list of what to plant and when. They have a limited free option which will give you planting dates for many of the most popular crops or you can purchase a yearly subscription for more specialized features. I have only every used the free service, but it is a handy tool to use when you forget when  you should be starting certain seeds. is a garden planner in which you can draw out and plot your entire garden online. Their software shows your how much space each of the plants require and how to group them for maximum success. They offer a 30 day  free trial of their interactive garden planner, if you want to try it out. I warn you though- it can be a bit addictive!


Find the Best Seeds!


At one time you could just run down to your local garden center for your seeds, but in this modern world you can’t be too careful about what goes into your seeds or where you spend your money. If you are looking for a responsible seed company- that sells heirloom and/or organic seeds and has take the Safe Seed Pledge, here are some of my favorites:

garden planning- seed catalogs

Baker Creek

Sustainable Seed Co.

Seed Savers Exchange

Seeds of Change

High Mowing Seeds

Sow True Seed Co.

For a complete list of companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge, visit the Council for Responsible Genetics.


Garden Planning Blog Posts


And finally, if you are the type that learns best from the experiences of others. Here is a listing of top-notch garden planning blogs posts from some of the best homesteading and garden bloggers on the web!

Have you started your planning for this year’s garden?

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16 comments on “Garden Planning Resources

  1. Amber says:

    Great list! Thanks for sharing! Pinning this for later :)

  2. I would like to try one of the gardening planner web sites…

  3. What a great list! I pinned it so I can check these out!

  4. Gena says:

    I’m so excited that you posted about gardening today because it gives me an excuse to think about mine! Thanks for the resources, now, cold weather, go away!

  5. Angi says:

    What a great list! I’ll be pinning this to refer back to. Also, thanks for including The Gardening Notebook, I feel honored to be mentioned along with these amazing resources.

  6. Kristi says:

    Hi there—GREAT post, and great book recommendations! I’m getting SO excited for spring!

    Thanks so much for linking to my seed starting post–I really appreciate it!

  7. Lesa says:

    Hi, great roundup of resources – I’ll be pinning too! And Thank You for linking to my crop rotation post :)

  8. Gina B says:

    This is so on my to-do list for this year!! Thanks for all the comprehensive resources.

  9. Anna says:

    We are in the proses of planning our first garden on this 1/8 acre urban homestead. Thank you for all the helpful tips.

  10. Lauryn says:

    What an awesome round up of resources! I am super excited to pin this and check back throughout the next month. Thanks so much for posting this!!

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  15. Lisa says:

    My two go to gardening books are “How to grow mor vegetables” and “New Organic Grower”. I use via Seed Savers Exchange. I really find it useful but wish it did not cost so much. I like Pine trees seed too.

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