Gardening is one of my favorite activities. Since the onset of winter there hasn't been much gardening to be done. I normally start seeds in January, but I thought this year I'd hold off and start them in February. So I thought this year that I'd plan things out a little better. Normally I just look for empty spots in the raised beds and either directly plant seeds or transplant seedlings. Sometimes I transplant seedlings where I've planted seeds and I end up with lettuce growing under my peppers. I want to be better about that this year.
That requires more planning. I decided to draw a map of my raised beds. That should enable me to keep track of what goes where. I might even layout things out before planting the first seed! What a concept.
I could use plain old graph paper, but then I'd have to locate some. Instead I started up Sketchup. I use it so infrequently that I had some difficulty at first. I had to reference the help several times. Anyway, here's a picture of what I came up with.
Keep with the square foot method, I marked a grid on all of the beds. Not all of the physical bed actually have a grid on them. Actually I think only one of them does. That'll be easy enough to add in the spring. Anyway, the two beds on the left have 16" squares instead of 12" squares. I plan on growing tomatoes in those beds and I want to give them more space. The ones I planted last year were too crowded.
I'm anxious to see how this works out. I would probably be better to do on a giant dry-erase board. That way if something dies, or I pick something, I can cross it off and put something else there. That might not be as easy to do on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper.