In my last blog, I discussed the importance of walking about one’s grounds, taking note of your directions so you can take advantage of your southern & western areas (which are the warmest), any shady areas, sunny areas & areas that may be wetter than others, then determining where your planting areas will be. Once you’ve got a good idea of these locations, one is ready to lay out your planting areas & determine which plants will thrive under your specific conditions.
I recommend drawing out your overall areas, then further defining your planting areas. Then measuring your planting areas. Reason for measuring your planting areas are many. If you are importing soil & soil amendments, this info will determine how much mass you need. Or if your ground is ready to plant, you may want to plot out where you are planting whatever you have decided to grow so you will know either how many seeds to purchase or how many plants to get. This is particularly useful if you are doing square foot gardening.