A Weekly Garden Schedule

My Gardening Routine


The gardening season never ends, there is always something to dream about, plan for, consider and buy. However, the actual season when I can get out and garden is relatively short so scheduling the work is a must.


December and January are the months when I look over my gardening journal or any notes I scribbled down during the past season. This is the first step in planning the coming year's garden. Now is the time to give thought to: what to plant or not to plant, move that there, try this here, and get something new, there is always a get something new in the plan. The plan may be quite simple, and often is in seasoned garden, but there is a plan and it gets reviewed as the months turn into weeks which morph into days before the gardening season officially begins.


The real, physical work begins when the snow is gone, sometime, hopefully in early April; once the garden thaws, I begin to add compost and renew mulch. In late May an dearly June the planting begins.


Once the garden is planted then the regular chores begin. I visit the garden every day and do a walk through. I enjoy being in the garden and have found that taking a few minutes, usually in early evening, to see what is going on is a good preventative tool.


As the season progresses, I look after chores such as deadheading and harvesting when taking the daily stroll through my garden.


About three weeks into the season I check the mulch and if needed add some, about a week later I will add compost so the soil can get feed.


If it has not rained in a week or if on my regular garden walks I notice he plants are looking limp I will water. I prefer to water in the morning and let the plants, actually the roots drink deep. Pay attention to rainfall, how often has it rained in the past weeks. This is good information to put in your garden journal.


Speaking of the journal, I update mine weekly, usually on Sunday evening. I do not carry the journal into the garden all the time and my memory could be better so I have a small notebook and a pen where I jot down anything I deem noteworthy. For example, how a new plant is doing, any surprise visitors, bot friendly and hungry one and weather conditions. This information will get transferred into my journal on Sundays.


I do not need to weed much, most of my gardens are relatively free from hunger pests and disease, going organic and taking that stroll really helps with quality control. I estimate that once the garden is in, I usually only need five to ten minutes per day to maintain. If watering is needed that adds to the time.


Mid-season, I spend a few minuets more foliar feeding and there is usually more to harvest, but any time in the garden is good time.


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ejazahmed2609 5 years ago

Very comprehensive articles about gardening. Thanks for sharing and writing an informative articles.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome, thanks for taking the time to comment.


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Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

Bob, thanks for writing this interesting hub answering my question. You seem to have a big yard or yards/gardens? Tell us about them, how are they, what and where have you planted etc. I'm curios!!


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I used to run a garden consulting business and over the year's have set up and help to maintain many gardens, from 1/4 acre to balcony sized. This year I am gardening on two balconies, however, the cool, wet weather is presenting a challenge as far as tomatoes etc. go.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I alwaysenjoy reading your hubs andthisisno exception. Thank you.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome and thank you for commenting.


Cher B 5 years ago

I love hearing about gardening in Canada. I have several gardening buddies that we swap seeds with. I just love the process and growing my own tomatoes from seed this year.

You are right on about keeping a journal. So much can get away from you when the season proceeds. I sometimes even forgot what was planted last season due to so many new varieties. I do more heirloom but the process is gradual.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

When it comes to gardening there is no need to hurry, as long as you know your seasons, your property and your plants, thanks for dropping by.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved my large garden in Wisconsin and all of the produce that it produced. Now I pretty much grow herbs and flowers. There is something so relaxing about working with plants and watching them grow. Enjoyed this hub. Thanks!


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I agree being around plants, interacting with them is calming, thanks for dropping by.


bri36 5 years ago

as always it is fun to come and visit you Bob. I always learn something here. gets my vote for sure. thank you Bob...


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I am pleased you find value in my hubs, thanks for dropping by and adding to the discussion.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Thanks for a great hub..I retired this year to become a backyard farmer..had a beautiful garden but the Texas heat and drought has destroyed most of it..:(..however fall is comeing and I am already planning my winter garden..Good idea about the note book..have six chickens now and hopefullly will be laying by fall..only have have an acre but they are thriving..Love growing herbs too..

Thanks for a very useful hub,

Sunnie


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

All the best with your backyard farm, you can produce a lot on an acre. Thanks for visiting


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh

I love gardening...very useful hub, I think.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

happy growing and thanks for the visit.


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Another brilliant gardening hub! Your advice to spend time making plans is helpful - I think that both of us could make our gardens more productive.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you and thanks for taking the time to drop by and commenting.


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

good...hub on gardening... i love gardening...nice support to me..


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I am pleased the hub helps, happy growing.

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