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DavesYard

304 posts in 1629 days
hardiness zone 5b

1609 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: raised beds square foot garden planner

I found this neat little app at growveg.com – you get a 30 day free trial. Just sign in with your e-mail address. No software to download, it is a Flash app.

It lets you lay out your garden, whether it’s raised beds, or however you want.

Then you pick which vegetables, fruits, berries, herb, etc to grow, and it tells you the space required for each one.

After you’re done it prints out a list of how many seedlings you need, when to plant them, harvest them, etc.

Even has info on each veg and which “guilds” to put them in!

Pretty cool huh!

I find it really handy for planning my 3 raised beds that i’m going to build this spring.

Enjoy!



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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1609 days ago

that looks cool.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2344 days
hardiness zone 6b

1609 days ago

That does look cool.. Though I don’t do SFG… From the looks of it, it scales up to full sized beds as well.

Shame that they’re trying to sell it… Or the service… Makes me want to track down open source alternatives just so I can go “Pffffttttttttttttttt.. no”...

:)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2344 days
hardiness zone 6b

1609 days ago

http://www.gardensketch.com
”GardenSketch is design software which can help plan and lay out any area, from the smallest garden plot to the largest landscape, enabling the planner to visualize a garden space before any plants are purchased, in color, in any season.GardenSketch’s specialized drawing tools make designing landscapes easy. The existing landscape can be easily entered by incorporating aerial or satellite photos. GardenSketch enables the planner to choose suitable plants with its advanced search capability. It makes buying plants and mulch easy by computing the number of plants and/or amount of mulch required for an area.For home users, GardenSketch saves information about last year’s planting season, (ex: germination, plant-out dates, and degree of success) and can help determine the optimum time to plant seedlings. It can even print labels for flats/pots when starting seeds.For commercial users, GardenSketch is compatible with an open XML file format, and uses OpenGL to maintain speed even with large numbers of plantings. GardenSketch can handle large plans by managing smaller garden plots overlayed on a master plan. GardenSketch can be customized after purchase by using plug-ins.”

The above is one of the most promising I’d found that is both free and open source, vs. just free.. Being a developer, I support the open source movement. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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DavesYard

304 posts in 1629 days
hardiness zone 5b

1609 days ago

I checked out that link. Problem with open-source is that it only runs on stuff like Macs and Linux.

Basically you get what you pay for :D

I’m a PC, and I’m useful!

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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1608 days ago

I don’t mind paying for something that is valuable to me but I do love the free trial :)

and on a side note (non-gardening thought) I wonder where “copyright” will go when the kids of today reach their 30’s. At this point they have no belief in copyright. Will that change?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrowVeg

1 post in 1608 days

1608 days ago

I’m one of the people who develops GrowVeg.com’s Garden Planner software and I thought you would be interested to know that we have a major update coming out in the next few weeks (probably the start of April 2010) which will add the ability to track varieties, add notes, copy/paste and succession planting.

We then hope to produce a further update in the summer to specifically address Square Foot Gardening.

We’re gardeners ourselves as well as a software company, so we will continue to add features to make organizing a veggie garden easy.

Jeremy

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1835 days
hardiness zone 5b

1608 days ago

This looks like a very interesting gardening tool. I guess I am old-fashioned and still do it by writing everything down in a journal, but I can see how something like this could be a great help.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

2287 posts in 2392 days

1608 days ago

Thanks for the links.

Scott…......that looks like a nice program and will try it, even though I love to hand sketch myself.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Bon

7374 posts in 2352 days
hardiness zone 5a

1608 days ago

Wow this is a really interesting article.I I never was good at following instructions though so I will still put my plants wherever they will fit in the garden.(lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MrsWooka

45 posts in 2451 days
hardiness zone 7b

1608 days ago

Ooooh. I might have to try this. I’ve been contemplating growing some veggies this year and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

-- Former plant killer. Current plant damager.

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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1607 days ago

MrsWooka – you could have beautiful pots (hmm red pots from Ikea .. hmm lol) on your deck, hanging from the fence, hanging from your house wall, sitting on your little hill … ooooooh just think of the intrigue!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1606 days ago

I signed up for the free trial and I just received their monthly newsletter
At the bottom was this sentence: “There are no plants in your garden plans for this year which need to be sown outdoors or planted out at the moment.”
I’m assuming that has been compiled from my sample garden I created. That’s pretty cool.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1570 days ago

I’ve played with the Grow Veg.com tool and it’s very useful in determining how many plants to prepare.
What I think it would be the most helpful with, for me, is next year – determining crop rotation.
Brilliant.

Now if we could just get them a sponsor so the program could be free.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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DavesYard

304 posts in 1629 days
hardiness zone 5b

1569 days ago

My free trial has recently run out as well. It was nice using it but I don’t think I will be paying for it.

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MarySLC

3 posts in 1562 days

1559 days ago

is there any such a program for a neophyte gardener in general? I have raised beds that I need to plant, and some other spaces as well. I could use all the help I can get!

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Tuuek

2 posts in 1293 days
hardiness zone 7a

1292 days ago

Hello all! I wanted to say Thanks for the site reference to growveg. My wife and I are new to the whole “real” garden routine so we dont really know what to plant or when or what grows with what or how much space it will need etc. I was able to build my virtual garden in nothing flat and it provides a plant list that tells us when to plant what. Awesome. Wow I just noticed this post was from a long time ago but it sure helped me out.

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MsDebbieP

14672 posts in 2572 days
hardiness zone 5b

1292 days ago

growveg is a great site for starting out, for sure.
My daughter also found it helpful with her first garden.

the resources that are included are very valuable and informative.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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