If you have not already started to plan your 2015 garden now is the time to start. Here is a great tool to help and is a valuable educational resource as well. We used the free version last year and chose to subscribe this year. It is the “Garden Planner” from GrowVeg.com
Here are the features we like about the Garden Planner.
- easy to draw out your vegetable beds, add plants and move them around to get the perfect layout
- works for traditional row planting, raised beds, raised row or square foot gardens.
- as you add vegetables the space they need is clearly shown by the colored area around each plant and it calculates how many plants will fit into the area
- crop rotation is easy as the Garden Planner warns you where you should avoid placing each vegetable based on what was in your previous years’ plans.
- enter your address and the Garden Planner adapts to your own area using a database of over 5000 weather stations.
- print a planting chart showing how many of each plant and when to sow, plant and harvest them
- the Garden Planner sends email reminders of what needs planting from your garden plans
- you can organize which crops will follow on from others using the succession planting feature
- add customized varieties with their own spacing and planting dates
- acts as a garden journal by adding your own notes about what and how your garden grows.
This is our “lower garden” designed with the Garden Planner. (More on the lower garden in a future post.)
Have a look at the Garden Planner in action.
Setting up your Garden Planner account is easy, and there is no obligation to subscribe. If you find it useful the annual subscription is $25. We have found the Garden Planner a great tool for a successful garden and subscribed for two years for $40.
Subscribe to the Garden Planner at GrowVeg.com
Enjoy planning your garden.
Tom and Di