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Veggie Garden Planning Software

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:07 pm
by NH_FarmGirl
I've been looking for software to help me plan the layout of my garden this year - and can't find anything. I want to be able to design my beds, and also was hoping to see notes about companion planting, time to harvest, etc - and can't find anything online. Any suggestions? The downloads I've found don't really have that much information and seem to be more focused on design details (buildings, ponds, etc) vs plant combo's and bed sizing - thank you!

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:35 pm
by LJ0913
Same here. I found one bit of software for the Mac, but it was more drafting, not really a database type of software which is what I am looking for.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:55 pm
by cynthia_h suggestion is really low tech, but I used it for the 2008 growing season and it worked very well.

Graph paper (1/4-inch grid or 5 to the inch) and pencil. Get a GOOD, large eraser.

Measure your plots. One sheet of graph paper per plot. Write down each plot's scale on its particular sheet of graph paper (esp. good if you're planting a smaller area of X and Y than other veggies).

Maybe this will help.

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:28 pm
by LJ0913
Hello Cynthia,

Thank you for the tip. I like it! I'll give it a go.

(This is my first time building / creating a garden. I am building it on a hillside and it's been interesting. I am finishing up the raised garden boxes this weekend and look forward to planting soon.)


Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:51 pm
by Jbest
Graphic packages that include a database, usually not very intuitive. Check out Google Sketch Up, It is nice 3D graphic and a free download. Here are two links where I have used it.