At the beginning of March each year I collect my seed tins from the garage in preparation for reviewing the contents and planning my seed sowing for the year ahead. This year however I am approaching this task a little differently.
Normally I would write down on paper which seeds I plan to sow and when. Now sometimes you can mislay paper and find it a few weeks later but not at the crucial time you need it for seed sowing. It is at this point I then go rooting through the seed tin again. Oh no, this year things are going electronic and every year after (if it all works to plan!).
Add an Event for a week, be sure to selecta yearly repeat and an alert
So with seed packets at hand and my laptop on with my calender open I proceeded to set up my Annual Seed Sowing Planner. I start with setting up weekly reminders as to which type of seeds I need to plant and any consecutive sowing's. This only took a little time and I was sure to set up an annual occurrence for each item, along with a reminder to prompt me. Each seed sowing task was set for a week, that way I can plan this depending on my free time and other appointments I have planned that week.
|The seeds scheduled for the week are detailed for each day in that week|
By setting the seed sowing appointment to reoccur annually my seed plan will automatically roll forward year after year. Obviously if I decide I do not want to grow certain seeds again or want to include new plants I can easily add and remove the reminder appointments. I can also add extra notes to each one as prompts eg, plant 3 seeds to a small pot or sow in greenhouse or directly in raised bed. I always have my mobile phone within reach, so my seed sowing list is always to hand.
Additional information and uses
- If you use up all the seeds of one variety or have been unable to save any following harvesting, I can also set myself a reminder of seeds to order for the following year.
- You could also choose to set up a separate calendar for all your annual gardening tasks.
I have great hopes of this working well, but time will tell. Failing that I still have an addiction to list making and pen and paper - who does not love stationery! I would love to know if you have any alternative methods. What works best for you?
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