Seed starting worksheet
Keep track of all the seeds you plan to start—and create your own reference on when to plant—with this free downloadable seed starting planning worksheet.
- The name of the edible
- Plant family, if known, and if you’d like to practice crop rotation
- Days to harvest—typically found on the seed packet
- When to plant. Again, the seed packet will provide some guidance here. Often it will provide an instruction like, “Start indoors six weeks prior to last frost.” You’ll need to find your region’s average last frost date (in Vancouver, BC, it’s March 28). Work back from that, and record the date here.
- Whether the seed should be started indoors, or if it can be direct sown in the garden. My book, Small-Space Vegetable Gardens, provides information on how best to start each edible. Seed companies also usually provide this on the packet.
Succession planting planting worksheet
Plot out what you’re going to plant, grow and harvest over the seasons using this simple, free downloadable planting planning worksheet. Perhaps using the list you created using the seed starting worksheet, write down what you need to plant in each season, and when you can expect to harvest each crop. Use one worksheet per bed or container, if you wish.
This is a great way to quickly identify empty spots in a garden, and times when your garden won’t be producing food. For example, if you have carrots and tomatoes planned for one bed, you should see a blank spots in the “Harvest” row for spring, and in the “Plant” row for fall. By adding an overwintering vegetable such as leeks or Brussels sprouts to that bed, you could plant in fall and be harvesting the next spring—getting that much more action out of a single bed.
Seed packet template
Here’s a pretty, free downloadable printable seed packet template for you to use later in the season. Great for saving your own seeds. Learn how to make a seed packet using this downloadable template.