13 Steps to Planning your Vegetable Garden



Chard is a reliable insurance crop.

1. Before planning anything, be clear about your garden goals 

Are you growing for your household, mainly for your household with some sales on the side, or to make a living and feed your household? Are you growing vegetables for the whole year, or mostly salads and tomatoes? Have you got one hour a week or 40 hours a week? Have you got 500 square feet or 5 acres? If you're not selling anything, skip to step 4.

2. How much money do you need to earn? 

What are your living expenses? What are your farm expenses? What do you want to save for old age, rainy days, raising children, and college funds.  Do you have other sources of income? Once you've determined how much money you need to make for your efforts, look at how you might earn that. Jean-Martin Fortier in The Market Farmer shows how his family met their goals and fit their resources.

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