Discover Your Garden Vision



This is the time of year when many of us start dreaming about warm sunny days and spending time in our gardens. On a frigid and gray day it can be hard to believe that there even is a thing called summer – filled with bright colored flowers and tasty vegetables. I can’t even see my own garden right now because it’s covered in snow.

So instead, I visit my own mental pictures of my garden from last summer during these cold months. I remember the taste of my favorite Moonglow tomato, how happy it makes me to harvest a salad for dinner, and the fun I have taking photos of gorgeous details in the early morning light. For me, my ideal garden produces a lot of the food I love to eat, allows me to put away plenty of vegetables for off season eating, is beautiful to look at, and is located in a place where I can interact with it every day.

Here’s what some of your fellow blog readers have shared about their ideal gardens:

  • I grow more than enough for me, my winter, and to give away!
  • I have complete control of the final product – my food – and that is important to me.
  • Spending less money at the farmers market, grocery store, food co-op, especially when buying organic.
  • Using my garden space efficiently and creatively.
  • Growing food that I love to eat; having healthy, abundant crops; enjoying myself outside.
  • Being able to go from vine to table in less than 10 minutes.
  • Growing unusual varieties that I can’t buy in the supermarket.


What’s your garden vision?

The great thing about dreams and visions is that they’re different for each of us. How I want to use and interact with my vegetable garden might be totally different than you.

In the first week of my new online class, Smart Start, we spend some time talking about and reflecting upon our garden visions for the upcoming season. This is a very important part of the planning process. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time each year, but getting clear on what you want out of your garden is the first step towards achieving it.

I strongly believe that you don’t need fancy tools or garden potions to bring that vision to fruition. You need to understand a few basic garden planning techniques and then use them over and over each year to set a good foundation for achieving your garden vision.

If you always pledge to do better each season but find it difficult to get motivated, join us for the next Smart Start class that begins March 1. It’s like a big garden planning party – we’ll have fun and do it together. Read all about what you’ll be learning here.


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