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One Bite at a Time, Part 5
Row Order and Ratio

from the Question Line Duo

 

Row Order and Ratio

When you complete this week's garden session, you will see the full picture of your 2017 co-creative garden. So let's get right to it!

You now know if your garden is being planted in straight or curved rows, or no rows. And you have your seed/plant list. And you know which plants go into which rows or sections. Now you need to determine how many plants will be going in and the way the plants will lay out next to one another. Remember, in a co-creative garden you won't necessarily be planting a row of broccoli, then a row of tomatoes, then a corner of herbs. When you are asking where to locate the plants/seeds, keep your mind open to all possibilities for how they will be placed. One row could layout like this: 2 broccoli, 1 tomato, 3 dill, 5 zinnia, 1 pepper, 1 broccoli, 1 basil, etc. Or you might have an oval section that contains 1/4 packet of collard seeds, 1/8 pack of carrot seed, 3 petunias, 2 marigolds, 6 oregano, 1 squash. Or you might actually have 4 broccoli plants in a row.

Get the idea? You are going to be identifying the placement of each seed type/plant and how many to plant. Some plants might be in more than one location, in different ratios.

 

Start Gut Gardeners

Hit the Start Button. Tell nature you are ready to get the information for the order and ratio of the plants in your garden.

One easy way to do this is to use Paper Tags. See the paragraph on page 101 about making paper tags. Since you are following your gut as nature works with you, you can sit at the table and arrange your tags as you feel nature is leading you to do. Talk aloud as you do this. Tell nature when you aren't sure where to place something. Ask questions and speak to nature. Then follow your gut. This is teamwork.

After you have arranged your tags, ask aloud one tag at a time, how many (name of plant) are to go in that spot. Write the first number that pops into your head on that tag.

Start When you're done, copy the layout of your tags onto a sheet of paper, along with the plant ratios. You will probably want to use your table for other things between now and planting time.

If you are ordering seeds and plants, you now have your numbers, so be sure to place those orders this week. If you will be buying plants at your local nurseries and greenhouses, make a shopping list with the total number of each plant that you'll need. Then, when it comes time to head out in early spring, you just need to grab that list.



TPGW p130 2.0 Gardeners

You are reading and working with pages 130-135 of the Garden Workbook today. Machaelle explains exactly how to determine your plant order and ratio and how to chart it out.

If you are ordering seeds and plants, you now have your numbers, so be sure to place those orders this week. If you will be buying plants at your local nurseries and greenhouses, make a shopping list with the total number of each plant that you'll need. Then, when it comes time to head out in early spring, you just need to grab that list.


2nd Year Gut Gardeners and 2.0 Gardeners

Even if you have many of the same plants/seeds going into your garden this season, be careful not to assume this year's layout will be just like last year's. That said — don't worry if you test to put the same plant in the same place this year!


Everyone, for additional insight, read pages 135-137 of The Perelandra Garden Workbook, "Nature On Seeds."

As always, call us Wednesday if you have any questions. Enjoy your day!

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