Jim and Mary at Old World Garden farms blogged about the system that works for them. They each separately make a list of 24 goals, two for each month and then around the first of the year they share their lists and make a joint list from their separate lists and put it on the refrigerator where they can see it every day.
Their system would not work for me as I garden alone but I like the idea of having a system. Here is what I am going to try this year and if it seems to work it might end up being my 'system'. I am going to try to come up with one or more goals/projects for each of the different gardening spaces at the farm. At the farm the projects fit into different categories, those that are quick, those that require a lot of effort by me, those that require help from others but also those that are cheap to do and those that require significant financial resources. I will try to balance all of these categories and come up with a list that is doable but aggressive.
2015 garden goals
Organization, planning and records
Create a master calendar/to-do list/journal
create a four year rotation plan.
Keep the gravel weeded.
Repair the trellis.
Enlarge the circles around the two pear and two plum trees to make for easier mowing.
Research other fruit trees that will survive in our zone. Peaches?
Do something with that pole.
Prune the arbor and start hardwood cuttings from the prunings.
Layout the new vineyard rows.
Purchase wine making kit.
The berry garden
Replant any 2014 new fruits that do not come back.
Add strawberry bed (see below)
Build pallet wood crates to grow potatoes.
Finish building the south raised rows.
Finish the asparagus rows.
Finish the raspberry rows.
Install the final fence post.
Finish building tomato cages.
The compost pile
Move and use the completed compost.
Turn the pile from last fall.
Pitch out the barn in the SPRING instead of waiting until fall. What a novel idea.
Increase growing space by adding wall shelves, hanging shelving.
Explore options for heat and light.
Keep the weeds from coming up on the cement (flame weeding?)
Cut down the saplings.
The hoop house
Get the plastic on the hoop house.
Landscape around it where the mower won't fit.
The fence garden
Remove the old water feature and fill in the hole.
The flower bed
Evaluate this garden and whether it can be salvaged and rescue plants if needed.
New fruit to the garden
Replant the nut trees that didn't come last year.
Install a strawberry bed.
Frame the chalkboard and install it on the farmstand or make a secure stand for it.
Letter the cash box.
Come up with a way to share printed recipes/business cards with blog address.
So, here it is. I have to admit that a lot of these goals will need to be done when the weather is cooperating. I have actually listed a couple of goals that are already in progress. Is that cheating?