Garden Week: Free Resources For a Successful Backyard Garden

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Posted on 04/07/2014

Do you have anything growing in your backyard besides weeds? The second week in April is Garden Week and while starting a garden from scratch can seem like an awfully large task, these free resources for a successful backyard garden may help.

Plan-a-Garden Tool
Before you pull out your spade make a plan of attack with the free Plan-a-Garden software tool at bhg.com. Drag and drop garden structures and plants to create a plan that you can print or share with friends.


Seed Starting Calendar
Timing is everything in gardening. If you're starting your garden from seeds this free resource will help you develop a seed-starting plan. Based on your location and the frost-free date for your zone you can chart out the best days for planting seeds.


Printable Garden Calendar
Whether you're growing parsnip or peppers you need to make sure you're planting at the optimal time. This free printable growing calendar at burpee.com will help you schedule out your garden time. Information is based on your zip code and the type of plant you're trying to grow.


Twig Plant Markers
Once you plant your garden you'll need a way to label your plants. Instead of spending money use twigs, a vegetable peeler and a permanent marker to make these natural garden markers. The full instructions are available at marthastewart.com.


Printable Garden Notebook
Keep track of what's working (and what's not) with a free printable garden notebook like this one at frugalliving.about.com. It's a great free resource that includes a seasonal garden planner, a garden plan worksheet and a chore list.


Freezer Labels
For the time when you can no longer keep up with your bumper crop of beans or an influx of carrots, check out these free freezer labels from MarthaStewart.com. Download and print them on adhesive-backed paper so they can stick to plastic freezer bags. Hopefully you'll be enjoying the fruits of your garden for months to come.


By Alison Storm


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