How to Create a Planting Plan for Year-Round Food Abundance | Complete Guide

How to Create a Planting Plan for Year-Round Food Abundance | Complete Guide – Use code YOUTUBE20 to get 20% off the Productive Planting Plan Online Course. Get your notepads out because in this video I will show you how to create a vegetable garden planting plan to ensure food abundance throughout the year. Very often gardeners create a yearly plan but this makes it very hard to capture change through the months and plan for succession sowing. Here is the contents list I mentioned so you can re-navigate the video easily after watching:
-Benefits and context of a monthly plan 0:33
-What about crop rotation? 4:52
-Creating the outline 5:45
-Adding helpful keys 6:46
-List your staple crops 7:59
-Optional research 9:21
-Starting with the first month 10:12
-Continuing with the months 12:45
-When it’s time for succession planting 15:06
-Knowing where to stop and tips 18:15
-Using a calendar 19:10

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I am so excited to share this video with you because it is something that I know will help so many of you unlock the ability to almost instantly improve your succession planting and food abundance from your garden. And I am going to start it off by giving you the golden bit of information which is this:
Don’t create an annual planting plan. Instead, create a simplified month-to-month plan and there are so many benefits to this and I have been using this method for a couple of years now and I tell you, the thought of moving back to an annual plan after seeing how amazing this type of plan is, fills me with horror.

I know monthly may sound like a lot of work but trust me when I say it is so much easier than you think. In this video you will also learn how to transfer the tasks and steps in your planting plan onto a calendar, so you have the most efficient, and perhaps the easiest way of staying organised and in control this year.

The issue with an annual plan is that is it very hard to see the change of the garden throughout the year, and as a result it makes it very difficult to plan succession growing which is planting one crop as soon as another crop is harvested so you get two different crops from the same area, in the same year, thus maximising the food potential from a set space.

A monthly plan allows you to foresee future changes in your garden, such as when space becomes available. By being able to plan in a way that captures the change so easily, means that the potential from your garden increases right away, and at the end of the day, it makes life so much easier for you because all you need are quick glances to see what’s happening and to make sure you are on track.

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  1. Ian Clotworthy on July 18, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I’m a Stalinist so I prefer a five-year plan.

  2. Cherry's Cottage on July 18, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I do seasonal plans (spring garden, summer garden, fall garden etc…it’s rough, but it works)

  3. Musashi Senku on July 18, 2021 at 2:09 am

    You’re a likable dude. You make good content.

  4. Mylene Eudaimonia on July 18, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Thank-you so much for this wonderful tip as well as channel! Really useful for me as a beginner 😄 Greetings from Germany

  5. Christina Chivers on July 18, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Why should a ‘no-dig’ garden mean less crop rotation? I thought one rotated crops to avoid nutrient depletion?

  6. Brad Crypto on July 18, 2021 at 2:14 am

    what is a good program to create these tables?

  7. Captain DeStructo on July 18, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Master plan. Hummm, get busy at night.

  8. Carol Truran on July 18, 2021 at 2:16 am

    This idea will rely suit me thank you

  9. Anna L on July 18, 2021 at 2:18 am


  10. Margie B on July 18, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Love it! The only thing I’m going to add, until I know more about maturity times, is something like month 1 of 2, month 2 of 2 etc for each crop so I can see at a glance how long each has been there and how much longer they’ll be there. Thank you so much!

  11. Connie Johnson on July 18, 2021 at 2:19 am

    I wish I could plant as early and grow as late as you can. But I live in northern Minnesota where we plant potatoes on or shortly after May 1st. We harvest our gardens in late August to rarely the end of September. That’s with covering the plants with blankets over night. Until it’s just too cold during the day for the plants to survive. Do you have any suggestions on how we can get more from our gardens in the growing season we have? Thank you, Connie.

  12. Huw Richards on July 18, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Due to the huge popularity of this method I have turned it into a 10 lesson online course which goes into a lot more detail on how to create a monthly planting plan, and features extras such as my master sowing list which I use to guide me when filling a planting plan. Find out more about the course here: & use coupon code YOUTUBE20 to get 20% off!

  13. Versuch mit Frau Ruch Macht kluch on July 18, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Youre the "month-men" now. Its so funny when you said "month" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  14. Annie Gaddis on July 18, 2021 at 2:23 am

    What software are you using?

  15. Go-go 63 on July 18, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Drinking game : each time he says "planting plan".

  16. M Houff on July 18, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I started my gardening experience last year in pots and with mostly herbs and a few simple vegetables. This year I’ll be moving to a few raised beds (I’ve already watched your videos on this) and will be adding a few more vegetables to my repertoire. I picked up the idea of creating a "garden journal" from another channel and have been detailing the plants I want to grow and how I can best organize them. Now I will also be looking at having a "monthly gardening plan" as well. A question comes to mind of what to do for plants if there is a lot of smoke in the air. In Washington state, USA, we experience a "fire-season" almost every year and last year I found my plants wilting very quickly and somewhat seemed to stunt in growth. Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much for sharing your tips, tricks, and pointers. I’ll be referencing back along the journey. Happy growing!

  17. Kay Scarlett on July 18, 2021 at 2:26 am

    You are the only one I’ve seen that really shows how to organize all the moving parts of seeding, transplanting succession planting, so we don’t lose valuable time! Thank you so much!

  18. Lynn Fomison on July 18, 2021 at 2:27 am

    This is so very helpful and will simplify my garden planning no end. A lot of people don’t plan because it is time consuming but you have illustrated a great approach here.

    What computer software to you use for the digital plans please?

  19. dawn hansen on July 18, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Month to month plan is a great idea. Thank you from Crewe Virginia USA.

  20. drunkalfuzzyness on July 18, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for this and all your videos!

  21. Heather Jolly on July 18, 2021 at 2:34 am

    I had to google corgettes what a lovely word for what we call Zucchiini!

  22. one dot on July 18, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Whatsoftware was shown?

  23. Rashmi Endenburg on July 18, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Great video ! Love it’s clarity and simplicity !

  24. Versuch mit Frau Ruch Macht kluch on July 18, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Your right! So many things can happen in one Season. In the last year we had 4 Weeks a very cold weather and the tomatoes and the chillies and Physalis stoped growing-so i had to wait to plant the next Generation plants. Monthly is super!

  25. Melissa on July 18, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Ordered your book today! Ao excited for the upcoming season and think I will be more succesful than last thanks to your channel. Very inspiring and encouraging! Ty from 🇺🇸

  26. Iris Priest on July 18, 2021 at 2:39 am

    This is SO helpful! Thank you Huw!

  27. Suzanne Spurr on July 18, 2021 at 2:40 am

    What an amazing video. I am hoping thia method will calm my ovwrwhelmed brain! Thank you

  28. Follow Your Roots on July 18, 2021 at 2:40 am

    But I still don’t get it, like you have sowed a few leeks and kale, how come the next month the whole bed is filled with them onto the plan?

  29. T Maduro on July 18, 2021 at 2:42 am

    May I ask what computer program/software, do you use for you blank garden plan/map?

  30. Gene Genie on July 18, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Love it 😊

  31. Rachel Roelands on July 18, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Would it work to sow lettuce then interplant with bush beens. Then in August clear the bed and plant either carrots or peas?
    Im in zone 6b. I’ve never tried to grow more than one crop in the same spot in one season. It hurts my head a bit to figure it out. Would I direct sow all these things, or start them in module trays?

  32. Rashmi Endenburg on July 18, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Watched it several times

  33. Batty Bloomers on July 18, 2021 at 2:44 am

    This is amazingly helpful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge! I love your videos!

  34. Chris C on July 18, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Sooooo obvious, once you say it. I was feeling completely overwhelmed as to where to start until I heard this. Thanks for helping me to not embarrass myself in front of my neighbours with an upcoming meltdown.

  35. My personal life Al Habsy on July 18, 2021 at 2:48 am

    That you very much…very helpful

  36. Mindy Leone on July 18, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Fantastic ideas. Thank you Huw!

  37. Michele Yates on July 18, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Great information. I’m sitting here starting my plan on this holiday. My timeline for speciflic plants will be different from yours since I am in 7b southeast USA (hot, humid summers) but this is brilliant! Your channel is a fount of sound information. Thank you.

  38. Cassie Stone on July 18, 2021 at 2:54 am

    So informative! Thank you! I hope I can gain some confidence to do more in my garden with this plan! 💕

  39. Claire Garnham on July 18, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Brilliant tutorial Huw… can I follow your ideas when I don’t have raised beds because I only have a very small patch. Thanks. Claire Bristol UK

  40. Vahim ahmed on July 18, 2021 at 2:57 am

    This video is so good that we don’t need any navigation.. 😇😇

  41. Anna Kubica on July 18, 2021 at 2:58 am

    Thank You for so great improvement. I used for 2 years a list on 1 A4 paper with numbers of my raised beds from 1-13 classified in months and in every month I had written what to put there, sow, transplant and so on. You’rs system I will try this year, thank You 😀

  42. Jessica Sexton on July 18, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Hello! I’m new to your channel and so excited to have found you. Apologies if this has been answered (tried looking but didn’t see that it had) – what do you use for your computer garden planning? It’s so nice and simple yet I don’t know how to re-create it for myself. Many thanks to anyone who might have answers, and again, looking forward to catching up on this wonderful content!

  43. Kay Scarlett on July 18, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Huw, I wrote my monthly plans out on paper like you suggested and then put it on my computer, but had trouble doing it. I was wondering if you would tell me what type program you used. I set mine up on Numbers program, (similar to Excel) on my little MacBook Air and made it a template, but couldn’t find a way to carry everything planted forward to the next month. Any suggestions?

  44. Debbie Tampa she her on July 18, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Wow. Thank you. Definitely starting this today for my tiny garden

  45. JulieWilliams NewZealand on July 18, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Hi Huw, i wonder if you have considered doing a video or selling an online video with step by step instructions for how to create the garden planner on photoshop? It is something that I would definitely pay for as photoshop is a HUGE animal to navigate around and beyond most casual gardeners time availability…..Perhaps Adobe would sponsor your video as it will generate a lot of people purchasing Photoshop?
    I could be wrong (doubtful :)) but I reckon that would be hugely attractive to your subscribers, even if you only charged 15 pounds, if 100 people buy it, it will help pay the bills? Anyone else reading this, if you would pay for this click LIKE on my comment 🙂 xxxx

  46. Kellie Follett on July 18, 2021 at 3:02 am

    I have always enjoyed gardening but wasn’t making the most of my limited space. I completed this course and it was freeing for me. I have a plan now. It’s all laid out for me to follow along and tuck things in at the right time, and move on to something else. Yes, I know things will not always go smoothly but this has removed a ton of stress for me. And I truly enjoyed the planning process. Thank you!

  47. Philip Hirst on July 18, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Could you mention intercroping? For example, while the kale is starting you could get quick growing crops between the kale like a row of radishes and a row of spring onions

  48. Luann Schömel on July 18, 2021 at 3:03 am

    This is exactly what I needed.. I have Charles Dowdings " Diary" and now the Lightbulb has gone in ! I’m gonna get right on this…Thankyou

  49. Ohee Mohammad on July 18, 2021 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for NO MUSIC

  50. Tonya Rueff on July 18, 2021 at 3:04 am

    I’m so glad to have found this video today. I am in the planning stages for upcoming 2021 garden and wanting to make thr most of my space. I am fairly new to gardening and planning a yearly garden is overwhelming me. This idea will help.

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