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Do not leave the planning of your garden until you are ready to put the seeds in the ground and then do it all in a rush. Do it in January, as soon as you have received the new year's catalogues and when you have time to study over them and look up your record of the previous year. Every hour spent on the plan will mean several hours saved in the garden.

Our illustration shows typical Planting Plan. The scale measurements at the left and top indicate the length and distance apart of rows. [Distances are approximate, due to typing line constraints.] Planting Plan Illustration

The Planting Table prepared for one's own use should show, besides the information given, the varieties of each vegetable which experience has proved best adapted to one's own needs.

The table shown in
Planting Plan Illustration gives such a list; varieties which are for the most part standard favorites and all of which, with me, have proven reliable, productive and of good quality. Other good sorts will be found described lather. Such a table should be mounted on cardboard and kept where it may readily be referred to at planting time.

In assigning space for the various vegetables several things should be kept in mind in order to facilitate planting, replanting and cultivating the garden. These can most quickly be realized by a glance at the plan illustrated.  You will notice that crops that remain several years rhubarb and asparagus are kept at one end.

Next come such as will remain a whole season - parsnips, carrots, onions and the like. And finally those that will be used for a succession of crops--peas, lettuce, spinach. Moreover, tall-growing crops, like pole beans, are kept to the north of lower ones. In the plan illustrated the space given to each variety is allotted according to the proportion in which they are ordinarily used. If it happens that you have a special weakness for peas, or your wife an aversion to peppers, keep these tastes and similar ones in mind when laying out your planting plan.

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