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Next season's planning starts now

publication date: Sep 1, 2019
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Here's a system to track all those details

A year ago, in the August 2018 issue of GFM I wrote about how we decide what to grow in protected culture, with an emphasis on understanding the financial impacts. With this article I’d like to get more into the nuts and bolts of planning for the upcoming season– a deep dive into a spreadsheet workbook we use for planning successions, determining seed quantities, tracking seed orders, and scheduling sowing.

Most of our planning effort takes place in September, when we make a copy of the current year’s spreadsheet for the following year. Doing this work in September allows us to take advantage of the early order discounts offered by seed vendors, and it also helps ensure that what we order is still available. It’s hard to imagine now, but when we started ten years ago we would order our seeds in January or February, and then be disappointed with all of the items that were no longer available.

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