On-line Garden Planning – Get Your Garden Geek On

There is so much information on the internet and in books about gardening. I find it overwhelming to sort it all out and make it relevant to my specific garden needs. While shopping for seeds this year, I found some great interactive garden planning tools that will help, especially with succession planting and gardening into the fall and winter.

The first is from Johnny’s Seeds. It is a series of on-line and spreadsheet calculators, and guides to help determine the number of seeds or plants you need for a given amount of space, when to start seeds and when to plant particular crops outside. It also offers access to their entire library of information on subjects such as succession planting, food and flower crops, tools, supplies and general information from their research farms.

The second is the one I’m going to use. It’s an on-line flash program called Vegetable Garden Planner from GrowVeg.com. You enter your frost dates, draw out your garden plan, place your plants, move them around until it’s just the way you want. The program gives you growing information on each crop, when to start your seeds, set outside and harvest. It also help organize your succession planting and much more. It will even email reminders based on your plans. You can view your garden as it progresses through the season and add journal notes. It’s free for a 30 day trial and $25 for an annual subscription.

This is the plan of my garden in May. As the season progresses, summer crows are replaced with fall plantings.

The Garden Plan in May. Click for larger view.

I’ve used it for a few days now.  As I view it monthly, early season cool weather crops come out and opens up a space to add a new crop. No more empty spaces because I forgot to start seeds on time. It knows to adjust growing conditions if I place a plant in the greenhouse or under a row cover. The program remembers all the little details for you. It’s pretty cool.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Izzy66 on April 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Great heads-up, Thanks!


  2. Posted by bhd on April 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    That is cool!


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