Plan your dream garden
January Money Diet

Plan Your Dream Garden

Now is a perfect time to plan your dream garden and sketch out ideas for your ideal plot, especially if you’re on a money diet.

This time of year, I love to start thinking about seeds and plants and getting my hands in the dirt. Do you enjoy daydreaming about your future garden, too?

I’ve enjoyed hearing from a number of you who grow your own food and preserve it so you can enjoy it all year. What a wonderful way to eat well and save money.

Our family grows and freezes produce like tomatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, peppers, herbs, and pumpkins.

In our front yard landscaping, we’ve tucked in currant and blueberry bushes, rhubarb plants, and strawberries as groundcover.

Would you like to try cultivating some new fruits and veggies this year? Your weekend challenge is to plan your garden for the next growing season.

Grow a Garden in Any Space

If you live in an apartment or have access to a roof or balcony, you might enjoy growing plants in containers. Our friend Jerry grows cherry tomatoes year ’round from a pot in a sunny window in his downtown Denver apartment.

If you don’t have a yard, you might check out local community gardens where you can grow plants and make friends. For U.S. readers, the American Community Gardening Association is a good place to start.

Organic Seeds and Plants

It’s always fun to peruse the new seed catalogs and online offerings each year to see what new varieties have been introduced.

These are some of my favorite heirloom and open-pollinated seed companies:

You might enjoy my Organic Gardening Pinterest board, where I collect low-labor ideas for growing good food and flowers, along with whimsical posts and photos from others who have created imaginative landscapes.

How About You?

Would you like to plan your dream garden? Check out some gardening sites, sketch out ideas, and make a list of the seed varieties you want to plant this year. 

Leave a comment on the JMD Community Facebook Group if you participate in this challenge. We’d especially love to hear about any edible varieties you’ve grown successfully in the past. If you have favorite gardening sites and sources, we’d love to hear about those, too.

Best always,

Signature for Eliza Cross

P.S. If you use Pinterest to save articles and ideas, here’s a handy pin:

Plan Your Dream Garden

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Eliza Cross is the author of 15 books, including recent titles like Bacon Beans and Beer and Small Bites. She blogs at ElizaCross.com and is the founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society. Her articles have appeared in publications like Sunset, Parents and Writers' Digest. Eliza lives near Denver with her family.

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