Square Foot Gardening Software

nanny2008(NGA Zone 7)January 12, 2009

Has anyone tried any of the software for square foot gardening? Was it worth the investment? Thanks!

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carolynp(z7)

I think most of us have been using the MS Office suite while some use the pencil and paper method. I think the beauty of pencil and paper to me seems to be that I can carry it with me in the garden. Because I have small ones, papers get lost here pretty easily. So, I put alot of it on excel. Might be good to mention here that I type 88 wpm, so it's no hardship to put all that data in.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 12:28PM
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nanny2008(NGA Zone 7)

carolynp, Whew - no, I wouldn't think so at 88 wpm. Mine will be a bit more of a challenge... so that got me thinking that I would need to get this organized to keep track of planting times/placement. I am so ready for spring!!!! Have you ever ordered from Gurney's Seed?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 12:59PM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

nanny2008, Google Sketch Up is a general-purpose graphics package. It is powerful, easy to use and free.

carolynp, you will never see me with a spreadsheet in the garden. I use a graphical representation of what I want to do, to help me think. However, it will never leave the computer.

John

Here is a link that might be useful: Johns Journal

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 1:22PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

I use Excel and print it out to take it with me.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 3:44PM
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nanny2008(NGA Zone 7)

John, Thank you, I am very impressed...love the 3D...hum, easy you say...I will give it a look see...may be a bit challenging for me.

sinfonian, Thank you also. I too prefer to have a reference to look over.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 4:28PM
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carolynp(z7)

Oooh Nanny, the others would have warned you, lol. I'm a big Baker's Creek fan (rareseeds.com). They send the package promptly. They charge fair postage. They always send as many or more seeds than they promise. AND they always send an extra package of seeds.
I will also say (before Angela and Medo get here) that the round robin seed exchange on gardenweb has some really nice seed swaps going on. I was thinking the other day that a typical package of watermelon seeds comes with 20-25 seeds. No one is going to grow ten watermelon plants of the same thing, so you might as well swap em to get your cucumbers...does that make sense? In any case, it becomes very addicting, lol.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 4:30PM
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nanny2008(NGA Zone 7)

carolynp, Thank you, I will check out your suggestions - yes, it is definitely addicting...but you have to admit, there is nothing more soothing than gardening - the rewards are endless!!!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 11:17PM
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farmer_deb

Hi - I did something different this year in planning my garden. I used Corel Draw to make a templete of the garden beds. After printing it, I laminated it. I used a permanent ink marker to write down were I'm planting everything. If I don't like the placement, it easily wipes off with alcohol(or water with some harder scrubbing). Now I can take it out in the garden at planting time without getting it too messed up.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 1:10PM
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carolynp(z7)

That's a good idea, I think!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 3:25PM
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christian1195

Use Kitchen garden aid. Its free and simple. Keeps track of companion planting and crop rotation. Requires Java 6.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/kitchengarden/

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 2:21PM
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