Friday, March 02, 2012

GMG's Friday Find - Don't just Plant...PLAN!

So this week's Friday Find is all about planning! I decided to expand our veggie garden from last year and knew I needed a I started looking for anything that could help me organize all my hopes and dreams in one place...and this very cool and incredibly useful tool found its way to me!

Vegetable Garden Planner from Mother Earth News!

FYI, it is now available for the iPad!

I've included a video that explains how to use the is SOOOOO easy!

Description of the Veggie Garden Planner from the Mother Earth News Website...

...As each crop is added, the app automatically spaces the plants and calculates how many you can fit into the area you specify. The Grow Planner is flexible, too, enabling you to add plants in traditional rows, blocks, raised beds or using the square-foot gardening method, whatever the size or shape of your beds. And with the flexibility and mobility of the iPad, you can plan or add notes about your crops while out in the garden or while relaxing at home.

Grow Planner uses an extensive database of over 140 plants and nearly 5,000 weather stations across the United States and Canada to calculate recommended planting times for your ZIP code. Link it to an online account and you can receive planting reminders for your own crops delivered by email twice a month.

With the Grow Planner app, you can browse catalogs from several major seed suppliers, add your own varieties and even customize the spacing and planting dates for each crop. The app includes information on how to grow each vegetable, fruit and herb. It also provides bonus gardening content from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, including information on garden pest control, maximizing your harvest, designing your garden with permanent beds and paths, controlling weeds, and more. At the touch of a button you can quickly share plans with friends and family by email or on popular social networks...

So...your choice...will you just plant and hope for the best or PLAN and reap the benefits!