This is only my second year gardening. I started having no idea what I was doing. I now have only a slight idea what I’m doing. Thanks to a few good books, particularly Northeast Gardening by Charlie Nardozi and help from my new buddy Andy and Thayer Nursery, I’m learning on the fly… and making up things that seem to help.
One thing I did last year to help plan out my beds, keep my rows straight, and identify where my “crops” should be germinating was to staple string lines when I planted.
The picture is either brussel sprouts or broccolini. Something ate my sprouts last year early in the year – the only crop I lost completely. And broccolini is new this year. But both are pretty easy to distinguish from weeds. Many other stuff isn’t. The strings help. This year they have also meant knowing what isn’t germinating, so I have planted supplementally twice so far.