I've just sat down (a couple of weeks late) and worked out my garden plan for the coming year. I find it pretty complicated co-ordinating all the things I want to plant with planting times and available garden beds, while trying to factor in moon planting and crop rotation. But every year, now, I create two charts that help me. For those of you who are in Melbourne and into growing food, feel free to use my suggested planting dates and garden tasks. Save my charts (below) to your computer, print them out, fill in your garden details, and stick them on the fridge.
The info on my charts just tells you what to plant when, and where in your garden to put it. For detailed information about how to really produce food from your backyard, how to raise seedlings, how to compost and more, check out the link in my sidebar, how to really grow food in your backyard.
This chart below shows visually what's in my garden beds when, and when I need to sow for them. At a glance I can see which garden beds are available and how long they'll be free, to help me work out if I have time for a quick crop of green manure or lettuce or whatever. I've removed the names of my garden beds from this plan, so that you can use it yourself.
This next chart is just a list of jobs to do by date. The above chart helps me with my planning, but through the year, this next chart is the one I refer to all the time. I've put in this year's moon planting dates, though sometimes I need to plant in the middle of the month and it doesn't quite work perfectly with the moon. I fudge it all together as best I can. I try to plant on the best day by the moon, and that gives me a solid date to mark out time in my diary, but if I simply cannot plant that day, I just plant around that time, and all still seems to grow well. Pop this on your fridge, too, but if you are serious about growing food, I strongly suggest you also put these dates in your diary, calender or phone, so that you'll get a reminder when you actually need to do them. I set up all my reminders a year in advance.
If you use my charts, I'll be interested to know how you go, and if they worked for you. Happy food growing, everyone.