Even though we are mid winter right now and our garden is giving us its winter veg I have to apply my mind to the next season. My family all knows what is in store for them in September as we will then spend every weekend in the garden...we rearrange, pull out, compost, dig over, rebuild, sow seed and honestly by the end of it we are all a little glum. It is really hard work when spring rolls around.
But before we can get to the physical work I have a lot of background stuff to do...I am not by nature a logical ordered person - that's Superman - I would just put a seed here and there and be happy for a small yield, but because of the time, money and effort we have already put into this garden over the last 3.5 years, I make sure to do a thorough plan (which sometimes goes arry).
This means that the last few weeks of winter are a time to go through our seeds and order what we need, make a garden plan, by materials like wood for new beds, coir for strawberry baskets etc. Then I start to talk to Superman Inc. and get them all ready in their mind for the upcoming slog.
Yesterday as I was about to switch off my PC I recieved an email which has got me all excited! Delicious Jane has created an online garden planner. The only ones I have ever coveted have been for the Northern Hemisphere, but she has worked with one of these companies to create one specifically for South Africa...hooraaaah! I gave it a test run yesterday and it is absolutely fabulous and well worth the R170 per annum.
This planning tool offers me a huge amount of relief and time savings in the planning of our extensive garden...after we have done our chores today, I know what I will be doing :-)