Week 29 of the Garden Digest – Never Stop Planning!

Our Plans for Next Year!

Our Visions

As dedicated planners, our penchant for organization extends beyond daily life—it’s an integral part of our gardening philosophy. We’ve emphasized the importance of planning but haven’t yet shared our specific plans for the upcoming season in our kitchen garden and overall yard.

During this quieter period, we dedicate time to documenting our goals for the next season. Creating this list offers the invaluable opportunity to visualize what is feasible and practical when it’s laid out on paper. Often, ideas swirling in our minds for too long can cloud our judgment, hindering our ability to critically assess them.

Moreover, discussing these plans with a gardening partner, friend, or family member proves incredibly beneficial. External perspectives and diverse backgrounds can either validate an idea or unveil its shortcomings, leading to its rejection. Collaborating with others often brings forth suggestions that we might not have considered, ultimately contributing to the enhancement of our garden.

An open blank notepad with a sharpened pencil resting on one of the pages for planning.

Our Plan!

Next season, our kitchen garden and yard will undergo focused attention in several designated areas. These areas were chosen based on our experiences this past season. As we enter our fourth year, we’ve gained insights into what thrives and what’s best to avoid. Our primary objectives for the upcoming season revolve around enhancing quality and optimizing productivity and efficiency. Here’s an overview of the specific areas we’re targeting:

Pepper Zone: We’ve encountered persistent challenges with our pepper plants due to pesky flies that damage the fruit by laying larvae. To combat this issue, our plan is to relocate the peppers to a different area of the yard and construct an enclosed structure specifically designed to house them. This enclosure will feature mesh sides, ensuring adequate airflow while preventing the entry of these bothersome flies. This zone’s redesign presents a dual opportunity to explore new possibilities for this space.

East Raised Beds: In this area, our emphasis is on refining both quality and efficiency. Having cultivated numerous tomatoes here, we are striving to perfect their growth. Additionally, we’ve faced challenges with growing swiss chard and kale in the adjacent raised bed. To address this, we’ll revamp the bed, employing netting or mesh to deter pests. Further, we’ll reorganize and optimize the containment of our raspberry bushes.

Shady Raised Bed: Despite receiving only a few hours of sunlight daily, this bed proved ideal for growing herbs. It’s a testament to the importance of allowing the garden or raised bed to evolve throughout the season, rather than giving up at the first sign of trouble. While some plants struggled, the majority of the herbs flourished in this environment.

Certainly, unforeseen circumstances or newfound ideas might prompt adjustments or additions to our plans before the start of the season. Flexibility is key, and while these plans offer a guiding direction, they remain open to adaptation or inclusion of new endeavors.

An overhead view of a large garden with pathways and 88 raised beds.

What’s next?

As we gracefully enter the enchanting winter season, it’s the perfect time to begin envisioning the kitchen garden you’ve always wanted for the upcoming year. The planning stage is where the magic truly begins, and we’re thrilled to assist you in bringing your garden dreams to life!

Exciting News! We’re now open for design consultation appointments for the upcoming gardening season (2024). To ensure you receive the dedicated attention you deserve, we’re limiting our consultation slots to four clients per month until March. Given their popularity, these sessions tend to fill up fast, so securing your spot early is key.

During our design consultations, you’ll have the chance to collaborate closely with us. Whether you’re envisioning a stunning garden layout, seeking construction services, or looking for a customized plan, our team is committed to making your vision a reality.

Stay Connected! Don’t miss out on our gardening insights, exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks, and live updates available across our social media platforms. Join our growing community of plant enthusiasts on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. We’re passionate about engaging with fellow gardeners and learning from your unique gardening experiences.

Ready to Get Started? Reach out today and kickstart the conversation. Share your gardening aspirations, ask questions, and let us guide you toward transforming your vision into a flourishing reality. We’re honored to be part of your journey toward a successful kitchen garden!

We are here to help you achieve your gardening goals! Reach out with any questions that might come up throughout your journey. 

We are excited to announce that there are some new DIY plans on our Etsy store. Whether you need some more storage in the garden, are looking to spruce up your curb appeal or are looking for a new way to grow your tomatoes, we have something for you!

Check it out here – https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WillowLaneGardenCo

Best regards,

Tessa & Kyle
Willow Lane Garden Co.

P.S. Tag us in your garden photos and stories on social media. We’d love to see your green thumb in action! 

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