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So I’ve heard that it may be a little overboard, but I created spreadsheet to map our mini greenhouse and then another scaled spreadsheet to show the garden area in the backyard and the approximate space each plant will occupy. It is hard to show you the spreadsheet but here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

The first sheet just details what we have in the mini greenhouse because I don’t have any labels except on the outside of the bottom tray labeling Cell A1 and Cell F12 cooresponding to the spreadsheet.

The next sheet is scaled to where each cell is 1 inch by 1 inch representing 1 foot by 1 foot in the garden area, then I took the approximate square footage each plant will occupy in the garden to create the circles and ovals. Shading the garden area green, I then placed the circles and ovals inside the garden area in a somewhat organized manner to see if it all will fit. One of our constraints is the square-footage of the garden because our backyard is nothing but solid red clay and we have to bring in dirt. And contrary to popular belief, dirt is not cheap!

Using the spreadsheet has been helpful in helping us plan the amount of dirt to bring into the backyard and maximize the vegetable yield.

Used to keep track of our seedlings in the mini greenhouse

Used to keep track of our seedlings in the mini greenhouse

Used to show each planting and plan the dimensions of the garden

Used to show each planting and plan the dimensions of the garden

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