Plan Your Best Garden Ever
Although the traditional time for making New Year's resolutions has passed, I want to share one with you all the same. This year I'm resolving to grow my best kitchen garden ever and am hoping you'll take the plunge with me. "Best" can mean different things to different people, but for me it means most productive, most delicious, most manageable and most fun. For too many gardeners, especially new ones, those four "mosts" rarely align in a single year. If that's the case, it's often because a garden is lacking the most critical "most" of all upon which all the others depend: most organized!
Winging your garden planning can work sometimes, but usually you end up with too little of this, too much of that and more work than you bargained for staying on top of planting, weeding and harvesting. It's for this reason that I'm so excited to announce a new tool for planning your kitchen garden. Through a new partnership with GrowVeg.com, we're offering an online garden planner that takes the guesswork out organizing your garden layout and planting schedule. A year's subscription to the kitchen garden planner costs $25, but you can try it out for free for the first 30 days which for many people is more than enough time to sketch out their garden. There are three excellent reasons for subscribing to the service once the trial period runs out: 1) You can receive regular planting reminders by email if you wish 2) You can save your garden plans in order to consult them in future years which makes next year's planning a snap and helps you with things like crop rotation and last but not least 3) You can help the kitchen garden cause as $5 from each subscription goes to support KGI's work. As you know, we're a small nonprofit and every $5 donation helps.
What's even more exciting is that we're going to be making this planner available to nonprofit garden causes at no cost through a new grants program so that they can benefit from the best tools available to meet their goals. This program launching later this year will also include seeds, supplies, books and small cash grants. More on that in a future post!
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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