How to use this garden planner


Make a list of all the plants and flowers you have (or are planning to buy) in
, and note whether it’s an edible (if you want to keep your veggies separate from the rest of the garden), and whether it’s a plant that grows tall (high), stays relative short (low) or is a groundcover.
Identify each plant’s sunlight and soil requirements; the resources in
can help. Enter this information in the
table. If you have a dog, or your yard is accessible to dogs, use the resources in
to note whether plants are toxic.
Make a list of the different areas of your yard, patio or garden in
, along with notes on the amount of sunlight each area receives.
Decide where you want to put each plant, and select its intended location in the
table. Note that the location column is a drop-down list that is made up of the locations you listed in the
table; as soon as you start typing a location it will offer you the right option. (You can change locations if you change your mind.)
The pages in the
section are all there to make it easier for you to make your plan for where each plant should go. Each page is a different view of the
page, filtered to just show you a subset of your plants, and you can enter your planned locations on any of these tables ー the locations you’ve chosen will all show up in your master table. Here’s how we’d suggest using the planning pages:
If you need to sequester the toxic-to-dog plants, decide on which area(s) of your yard will be fenced off from the dog. Use the
table to assign each unsafe-for-dogs plant to your fenced-off area(s).
Look at all the
plants and assign them to areas that get a lot of sun, and then look at all the
plants and assign them to areas that have some shade. Both pages will sort your plants based on their soil requirements so you can group plants that have similar moisture requirements.
Look at
to see if there are any plants that still need a location.
Now review the
to see if you have a nice mix of groundcover, short (low) plants and tall (high) plants in each part of your yard. If there are are areas that have too many or too few plants, or the wrong mix of heights, use the
table to change locations for your plants until you’re happy with your location plan.
Print out the
or carry your computer/tablet out to the garden. Take a few minutes to place all your plants in the various locations you’d mapped out for them.
Put away your plan and start digging!

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