Organize Your Garden with a Spreadsheet

Greetings, friends! Welcome back to the Office. In today’s post, I would like to introduce you to my vegetable garden planning spreadsheet, created using Microsoft Excel. I will guide you through how I utilize this tool and hopefully provide some helpful insights for your own gardening endeavors. So, let’s dive right in! With the spreadsheet open, let’s begin.

Seed Listing

Welcome, friends! It’s great to have you here in the office. In today’s post, I want to share with you how I use my Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for planning my vegetable garden. I’ll walk you through the different sections and features, hoping it will provide some valuable insights for your own gardening endeavors. So, let’s jump right in!

The first sheet in my spreadsheet is dedicated to my seed listing. I have organized it into various vegetable groups, such as brassicas, alliums, roots, leafy herbs, legumes, cucurbits, seeds like sweet corn and grains, and stem and other plants, including green manure. The columns contain information about the seed type, variety, quantity on hand, end date on the seed packet, supplier details, and whether they are organic or recommended for early planting.

The crucial part of this sheet is the month-to-sow information, which specifies when to sow seeds as indoor transplants or directly in the garden for each vegetable. It also includes details about germination time, planting out, spacing, harvest time, plant height, whether they produce baby leaves, any additional notes, and overwintering options.

To make the spreadsheet even more user-friendly, I have enabled filtering. This feature allows me to easily sort and filter the columns based on specific criteria. For example, I can filter the “Sow Indoors” column to show only the seeds that can be sown in a particular month, such as February or March. Once I have planted the seeds, I mark them with a custom cell style, indicated by a green background and a black border.

Filtering helps me stay organized and prioritize tasks, especially when I have a lot of planting to do in a particular month. By filtering out seeds that can be planted in April, for example, I can focus on the ones that require attention in March. The green highlighting makes it easy to see what seeds have already been planted.

I hope you find this walkthrough of my seed planning spreadsheet helpful for your own gardening efforts. It’s a fantastic tool for staying organized and maximizing productivity. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to ask. Happy gardening!

Planting Data

The planting data in my spreadsheet includes information about what seeds I’ve sown and when. It serves as a record of when things are happening rather than when they will happen. I note down the seed type, variety, date of sowing, date of transplanting, or the planned date for direct sowing. I also include details about the bed number, which helps with crop rotation, and any additional notes such as harvest dates or observations of damage from insects.

In terms of bed plans, I have four rows of beds, each with different dimensions. The beds are numbered, which helps me keep track of what was planted where for rotation purposes. The garden is divided into sections, and I take into account factors like sunlight availability and shade when planning where to plant certain crops.

As the months progress, I update the spreadsheet by copying the previous month’s data and creating a new sheet for the upcoming month. This way, I have a record of what was planted in previous months as well as the current month’s plan. I can then continue planning for future months based on the existing data.

Throughout the year, I make adjustments and succession plantings as needed. For example, as crops are harvested or finish their growing cycle, I free up space for planting new crops, especially for autumn and winter varieties. While I typically have two successions due to my specific growing zone, this is still an improvement compared to previous years when I didn’t have this garden setup.

By organizing my planting data in this spreadsheet, I can effectively plan my garden, optimize crop rotations, and ensure a continuous supply of fresh produce throughout the year.

Weather Data

Lastly, I’m currently maintaining up-to-date weather data. I have recorded the date, high and low temperatures predicted by weather.com or my iPhone app. Additionally, I gather predictions from Latvian TV, although I find them to be somewhat inaccurate. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to compare the different data sources.

I also note the wind speed and direction for today, as well as any patterns I observe. Last year was particularly windy, so I’m keeping an eye out for any significant wind or precipitation events. There’s talk of snow overnight, and I’ll see the actual high and low temperatures tomorrow morning. I don’t plan on waking up in the middle of the night to check the weather, though.

I document whether or not I water the garden based on the weather, and I make notes of any weather anomalies or interesting occurrences throughout the day. Today, for example, I tied and raked the greenhouse beds. These observations help me understand the weather’s impact on the garden. In the future, I plan to integrate data from a weather station, including information from inside the greenhouses and other sections. This Excel spreadsheet serves as my garden planner.

While it works for our larger garden, it can be adapted for smaller gardens as well. You can customize it by using weeks instead of months and adding more granularity to your planning process. If you’re interested in obtaining this spreadsheet, please reach out to us using the email provided in the about section. I’m happy to share it with you on the condition that you provide feedback to help me improve and potentially automate certain aspects of the planner.

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