As you can see, I have some clean up to do in the garden boxes, too, so they are not the only ones who need to brave the wet and cold to do some outside work. This week's forecast promises some sun, so maybe I can talk some of my schoolkids out of their chairs to do some garden prep with me. Thankfully, for a quiet Sunday afternoon, I had some research to do inside, so could still enjoy the warmth and continued laziness.
I know that one of my shortcomings is a good grasp on garden scheduling. I want to plant all at once and then harvest. I am not good at varied start or succession planting, both of which would better suit the plants to the climate changes, and increase our overall yield. I've looked at garden planners and garden journals at bookstores in previous years, but they're one of 2 things: a garden design book, or they're calendars, but blank...for the gardener to fill in. As a long-time novice, I need more "Do this, and do it this day" help, and I need it specific to my area.
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I couldn't help but be intrigued by the ad for their Vegetable Garden Planner. Not only will it help design the layout, which many such tools do, but also advise me about frost dates for my area, and succession planting for my particular plant choices and bed design. It will only advise me about vegetables that suit the time-frame and weather I have. I will receive emails to remind me of planting tasks, which I think will be a great help. If I decide to make the $25 per year investment after a 30-day free trial, the planner will keep track of my planting from year to year, helping with crop rotation issues. (I really like that they don't ask for payment information when you sign up for the free trial, but only if you make the decision to continue.)
There is no stand-alone software to download. It's all done on-line via Adobe Flash Player, so should work through any browser on any type of computer, including my detested PC laptop and our Mac.
It doesn't seem to allow for the use of my greenhouse, so it won't be doing everything for me...I will just have to try it out and let you know what I think.