Planning Next Year’s Garden Considerations

Planning next year’s garden is something you may want to consider before winter. Making notes now will keep you ahead of the game come spring.

This is our final Tuesdays in the Garden series and today we are talking about getting the garden ready for winter. Every year in the fall I assess my garden by walking around, taking pictures and making notes in a small note book. Come January and February I’m so ready to start planning next year’s garden and these notes are a great place to start.  

Planning Next Year’s Garden

planning next year's garden ideas and tips

Most of the work I leave until spring, such as pruning perennials. I like to keep the foliage around for winter interest, and to help out the wildlife. I also usually divide perennials in the spring. Still, come fall and early winter, I definitely like to take a inventory of what I need to do come spring.

Planning next year's garden is something you may want to consider before winter. Making notes now will keep you ahead of the game come spring.1. Over Grown Plants

Make a note for those plants which have overgrown their space. Maybe they taking over an area like the perennial begonia above.

Planning next year's garden is something you may want to consider before winter. Making notes now will keep you ahead of the game come spring.

Or perhaps they are growing into the sidewalk. Make a note to re-locate these guys or give some of them away.

Planning next year's garden is something you may want to consider before winter. Making notes now will keep you ahead of the game come spring.

2. Bare Spots

Make a note of bare spots and areas which could use new plants to round out your landscape. There use to be a pretty heuchera in the space above. I’m not sure why it died but I suspect rodents, since there are a few holes near this area. I’ll make a note to replace it with something a little tougher. I have another spot at the bottom of the hill where I have tried to grow lavender and then this year, sage. They have all died so I’m guessing the area may be too wet. Next year I’ll try something that will enjoy wet feet.

Planning next year's garden - new home for burned out hosta.

3. Poor Plant Growth 

Lastly make note of any plants that just haven’t done well. If this is the first year you’ve grown this plant you may want to give it some time. However, sometimes a plant just doesn’t seem suited to one area even after you’ve tried following the growing instructions for light and water requirements. In addition, you may no longer like something that you originally thought was a good idea. You can move the plant to a better suited area, or give it away. For example the large leaf hosta above is clearly getting too much sun as indicated by its burned leaves. This is due to a large maple being removed nearby. In fact, there are a couple of hosta in the same area that will need to be relocated, or I’ll have to find a way to add in some shade.

Planning for next year's garden - wine helleboreI hope you found this post helpful and will take time some time to evaluate what is happening in your garden so that you will have head start on what needs to be done for next year’s garden. It’s an easy and worthwhile task, and it gives you an excuse to plan what you might buy during the winter while browsing through all the beautiful plant catalogs.

Now let’s see what my fellow Tuesdays in the Garden friends are sharing this week. 

Tuesdays in the garden group photo.


Winter Garden Prep

Winter Garden Prep @ Frugal Family Home


How to cover your raised bed to extend the growing season.

How to Cover Your Raised Beds @ Simplify Live Love


Winter garden prep.

Winter Garden Prep – @ An Oregon Cottage


Take stock of the garden

Take Stock of the Garden @ Homemade Food Junkie


Planning ahead for next years garden

Planning for Next Year’s Garden @ Angie The Freckled Rose


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I’ve enjoyed these Tuesday’s in the garden and as always helpful tips follow. Great advice, Still seeking time to get my fall garden in but think I may reconsider. We’ll see what this week holds as I would love to be growing some fresh lettuce over winter. We’ve been burning so my plan is to take those ashes and use them in the new beds. Here’s to planning for spring early… Great idea!

  2. These are great tips, Patti. I know we had a few plants that didn’t thrive as well as they could have. If I can find a better place for them I’ll move them in the spring. It’s funny how a plant can live in one spot for years and be happy and then the next they don’t seem to thrive at all.

  3. Ah, gardening is constantly a learning experience, right Patti? What will grow best where. Then there are the established beds that you think are ‘done’ and then something happens beyond your control (like trees coming down) and boom – back to the drawing board. Well, it’s never dull, is it? 😉

    • Yes Jami, I so agree. Never a dull moment but that’s half the fun. Especially when things turn out great. I guess the ups are not as fun if we don’t have some downs.

  4. I need to do a better job of making notes like you do. We had quite a few plants that didn’t return this spring and we never replaced them. It’s always interesting to reflect on what didn’t work on a space and what to replace it with. Great tips!

  5. I LOVE that you take pictures and make notes for next spring. We always try to remember all the things we want to do for the next garden season. Pics are a brilliant way to remember those problems and fix them in early spring or Fall. Awesome Tips. Thanks!

  6. I do these exact same things Patti! Taking notes at the end of the season makes a big difference. There are some years where I get so lazy and lax about my garden by the time fall comes around, but taking little notes saves me come spring! I have few plants that need to be moved. Even if I don’t get around to it now, my notes will remind me next spring to get to work! Great tips 🙂

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