Closing the planning circle: produce vegetable crops when you want them and in the right quantities; sell them where and when you need to and support yourself with a rewarding livelihood while replenishing the soil. Make the most productive use of your land. Pace yourself through the growing season. 12 steps form a planning cycle. Start with the money you need to earn, get help setting prices, determining costs, choosing profitable crops, and deciding how to market them. Consider growing your own starts, extending the seasons in all directions, including using hoophouses. Calculate how much you need to harvest, work back to determine how much of which crops to plant and when to plant them. Study likely yields and add a margin for culls. Draw up field planting schedules, greenhouse seedling schedules and your harvest schedule of what you expect when. Map your fields and pack in your crops, bearing in mind crop rotations and cover crops.
Consider crop spacing and row layout. Plan succession cropping, intercropping (relay planting) and double cropping. Keep yourself a list of ideas in case anything goes wrong. Step back and look at the overview to find any improvements you could make. Record what happens during the year, so next year's plan can be even better. This presentation ends with 5 slides of valuable resources.