January is a great month for kicking back by the fire and pouring over seed catalogs. By February, their pages are soft and dog-eared. I’m full of inspiration and chomping at the bit to get started, but, in these parts, Mother Nature isn’t quite ready for me to dig in the dirt yet, so I do the next best thing. I come up with a plan.

A sketchbook, reserved specifically for this brainstorming activity, is the best way for me to organize all of the plants that I’d like to grow and harvest this year. I start by simply drawing the overall shape of the kitchen garden and then, using “bubble diagram forms,” I block out and label areas where certain kinds of plants have done well. For example: my lettuce likes it cooler (upper left corner), and where the peppers thrive, it’s very sunny and hot (the entire right side).

By putting my Kitchen Garden dreams down on paper first, I can keep refining my thoughts and choices with each new page. While the soil in the Connecticut Country garden may be set with stone, the plan for the garden is not. It’s flexible, easy, and a wonderful way to get excited about the fast approaching growing season.

Some of my favorite seed companies:

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds – http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com

High Mowing Organic Seeds –  http://www.highmowingseeds.com

Territorial Seed Company –  http://www.territorialseed.com

The Whole Seed Catalog – http://www.rareseeds.com

Happy planning!

Love, Nora



  1. botanic bleu on February 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I just discovered your blog in January 2016 while visiting French Country Cottage. You were nominated for a blog award, and I voted for your blog after looking at all of the nominees. Since then I check your site regularly for the latest inspiration.

    Have you changed the font size on your blog? For the past few days, the font size on my computer is so small I can barely read it, and I surely do not want to miss anything you have written.

    John Scheepers is one of my favorite seed catalogs, also.


    • Nora on February 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Judith!

      So very happy you found us!! Thanks so very much for your vote…very much appreciate it!
      We have not changed the font size. We checked our computers and I asked my web producer to check on hers – and all is fine.
      I wish I could help you, but something may be going on with your device. Hope it will correct itself.

      Thanks very much Judith. Love, Nora

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