This article from The Old Farmer’s Almanac summarizes all of the techniques that can be used to grow in raised beds, including succession planting, intercropping, and companion planting. 10 Things Every New Gardener Needs to Know is also a good summary of all the areas you will need to consider when planning a garden.
The resources below are what I have been using to research and plan my garden.
Garden planning involves not only selecting plants appropriate to your location but also plants that will help your garden soil remain healthy and help attract beneficial insects while detering pests and disease.
- Growing Calendars
- Companion Planting
- Companion planting guides
- An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide
- Companion gardening: edibles are all the rage, but they’re not the only useful plants. “Think of companion planting like a neighborly friendship – struck by trading gardening advice over a low fence. Like good neighbors, companion planting will help the rest of your garden out.”
- Attracting Beneficial Insects and Birds: Creating a Biodiverse Garden Ecosystem
- “Pollinators like bumblebees and butterflies trigger fruit and vegetable plants and can increase their yields. To create an environment where they can thrive, minimize or eliminate insecticide use, and include profuse flowering annuals like pentas and zinnias in the garden. Encourage predator-prey relationships that promote healthy garden ecology with plants like dill, fennel, and parsley, which harbor such beneficial bugs as ladybugs, praying mantises, assassin bugs, and beneficial nematodes. Install a bird nesting box near your garden, too, to attract bluebirds and other predators that will eat pests.” (Source)
- Plant Maps, specializing in hardiness zone maps, gardening maps, botany maps, climate maps, and horticultural maps.
- [plant name] (succession OR guild OR polyculture OR companion OR interplanting) (site:almanac.com OR site:thespruce.com OR site:garden.org)
- Sheet mulching (aka, lasagna composting)
- Cover Crops