Garden 2020 – The planning stage

Hey everyone, I’m back! It’s been a while since the last time I posted in the blog, simply because I got so busy with school, multiple jobs, and being a community activist. I have gained a lot of experience and also failures. Today I want to focus on my 2020 garden plan. Thanks to the help of my parents, we have been about to convert our suburban yard into a large intensive garden since the beginning of our garden journey. We have a focus on improving the health of the soil and making our garden into food forest once the garden reaches its full potential.

2019 backyard garden. – It seriously looked like a forest of food. It was a relaxing place to be while forgetting the outside problems. Last year we were able to collect over 1.200 lbs worth of fresh vegetables and fruits.


In the months of January and February I have focus what are my primary goals for the garden for that particular year. As I continued to read and watch the news about COVID 19, I realized that I needed to increase the food production for the year, and in addition, I wanted to grow fruits and vegetables that I can easily grow from my backyard. I made a list of the most essential crops- That includes tomatoes, potatoes, tomatoes,peppers, eggplants, garbanzos, onions, carrots, raddish, broccoli, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, peas, lettuce- loose leaf & rominane, greenbeans, corn, summer squash, winter squash, cucumbers, strawberries, cantaloupes,watermelons and herbs – basil, mint (peppermint/spearmint), chamomile, dill, spicy oregano, sage, thyme & lastly cilantro.

2. Seed Inventory

I had to look at my seed inventory to see what I had available and what I needed to purchase. Some of my favorite seed stores that I like to purchase my organic seeds is – Johnny Seeds – ; Native Seeds Baker Creek Seeds – ; Seed Savers- .

3. Planning

One of the methods that I use to increase production in my garden is succession planting. Successive planting is a technique often used by gardeners or small farmers to maximize their available space. I also plant the same crops every two weeks to have a continual harvest from the garden. I stop this process by the end of June. By that time, I start planning my fall crops and will begin to plant them in the ground by late July.

4. Start the seeds

Once I start to gather all my seeds. I begin to separate the seeds into crop family categories in table 1.

Once I finish sorting the seeds, I get and sanitize my 50 and 72 cell trays using a water and bleach solution. This will help kill any pathogens in the trays. I usually buy 8 of the Organic Coconut Coir Concentrated Seed Starting Mix and 3 bags of vermiculite mix.

Once I get all of my seeds in the to grow trays, I put my seeds into a portable greenhouse, that I have to install every year – starting in March. I always make sure to add an outdoor temperate/weather gauge to the inside of the greenhouse. To make sure I get the temperature where I want it to. I add a black outdoor carpet to the bottom of the greenhouse. This has allowed me to get a greenhouse to 80-degree temperature while the outside is 50 F degrees. I make sure to open the windows once I see little seedling coming up out the soil. This practice will prevent any fungal diseases from killing your delicate seedlings. Once I see temperatures going up to the 60-70s. I remove the black carpet and start opening the doors to allow more airflow into the seedlings.

2020 – March -My cucumber seedlings emerging into the world of growth

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Hi, everyone, my name is Cecilia, and I'm 27 years old. I'm passionate about plants and gardening. I plan to share my hopes, dreams, fears, and daily happenings in my life. When the days are beautiful. I enjoy going on road trips and especially go on hikes.

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