Thursday, May 26, 2011
Review - groOrganic Garden Planner
You know I love to garden, right? Well, I recently tried out a cool online tool that provides lots of information and support for garden planning and planting schedules.
The groOrganic Garden Planner is a subscription-based product that contains a wealth of information on various fruits and vegetables, the growing conditions and space each requires, what works well together, etc. You enter your location into the planner and then planting information specific to your zone is provided. If your growing season is too short for a particular crop, the system will let you know. It will also let you know when to plant and when to expect your harvest. And, if you want to plant successive crops in the same space, it will help you figure out the logistics of that as well.
The Planner comes pre-populated with a variety of the most common fruits and vegetables. You can choose to design your garden in traditional rows, raised beds, or in a square-foot gardening configuration. Either way it is quite easy to choose the crop you wish to plant, drag it onto your garden plan, and then see what spacing is needed and how many of those plants you can fit in your space. You input the dimensions (imperial or metric) and choose the plants, then the Planner tells you how many you can plant and when you should do it. You will even receive emails twice a month reminding you of what needs to be planted next!
The groOrganic Garden Planner is available as a benefit of membership in the groOrganic Association ($99 US/year), or it can be purchased as a stand-alone product for $39 US/year (the Seedling Membership).
You can find more information on their site: http://gardenplanner.groorganic.com/
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