Summer Garden Plant Info Sheet {free printable}

Garden plants have specific needs, did you know that? I have been gardening for a very long time, but every year, it’s been hit and miss for me as to whether I get any kind of decent harvest. As you may have noticed from all of the organization posts I’ve written in the past month, I’m not usually a fly-by-the-seat of my pants kind of person. Somehow I have become that person in regards to gardening over the years, and now that we’re in our forever home, that needs to change.

Free Summer Garden Plant Info Sheet - Stone Family Farmstead

If you have been reading my blog for the past month, you would have also learned that I have come to the realization that farming has to work for us. We must be able to live off our land, at least to some degree, but that can’t happen if I don’t get down to the nitty-gritty of what actually makes plants produce. It is for this reason that I created this spreadsheet for myself.

This sheet offers at-a-glance information about the summer garden vegetables that I try to grow every year. It is definitely not exhaustive, but it should help me to be able to determine what to do for my plants (and how frequently) to make it more likely that they will produce. Of course, this year will be an experimental year because these are new raised beds and I used pretty much just what I had to fill them, which was mostly cow and horse manure with some peat moss to hold water, and fertilizers to balance out all that nitrogen. I’m not sure what I’ll get this year, but at the least I’ll be able to take notes and adjust the soil in the beds before next year, or maybe even fall.

I’d like to share it with you.

I’m making this sheet downloadable for you today. It should give you a basic idea of how to care for some of the most common summer veggies. Later, when you are ready to try something else, you can just plug that information right into the spreadsheet to keep your own records. Don’t worry–even though it is a spreadsheet, there are no formulas or calculations to fix when you add to it. It works just like a table that you would make in a word processing program, just holding information. It’s easy to add information to it, and it set up so it all prints on one sheet (as it is–when you add more plants to it, it may print on more than one sheet).

Download (Summer-Garden-Plant-Spreadsheet.xlsx)

To download, just click on the above link and save it to your desktop (or whatever folder you would like to store it in). Then open it and print! If you have an problems or questions, please feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can with fixes or instructions. Enjoy!

Source and for further reading:
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith (affiliate link)

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! ­čÖé
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  1. Great printable – your hit and miss could actually have more to do with the drought your state has been experiencing for what seems like forever.. Rain water or well water if you have that option is a better source of watering for your plants in addition fertilizing. I started collecting rain water a few years ago and it made a huge difference.


    • You are probably right, Carole. And on the rain water point—YES exactly. We don’t get nearly enough rain to collect, but we are working on a system to collect what we can for the garden. I can’t believe the difference in growth and health of the plants that get a good drink from the sky versus one from the soaker hose, that’s for sure.

      Our city is on a well water + city water system (74% well + 26% city) from what I understand, so we might be in a better situation than we were at the old place. Already my harvest of zucchini has been much better than at the old house, so there is that. It could also be because I have been harvesting when the squash is 4 inches, which is something I didn’t do before for some reason.

      In any case, I’ll be keeping an eye out for differences throughout the seasons. I’m really hoping that there will be a significant difference because of good recordkeeping, study, and change of location.

  2. You sound like me when I talk about my organization and lack of using it in the garden. It was surprising to hear someone else experiencing the same thing. It sounds like you have the determination to make your situation work and will do what needs to be done. Thanks for sharing this post on The Maple Hill Hop!

    • Oh Daisy, I have just GOT to get this under control, especially in the area of having new plants ready to replace old, tired ones. It’s no longer going to work to just plant seeds in the dirt once per season if we are going to have more of a harvest than from just 2-3 plants! ­čÖé

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