Just when I start going through my seeds from last year to see what needs to be started under grow lights, it snows here in Michigan! Oh well, that doesn’t keep me from dreaming.
I’ve tried a few different planning tools over the years. My favorite by far is the garden planner at GrowVeg.com (affiliate link). You can input your seed varieties (or shop online), design your garden beds, and print out a complete calendar for the year that tells you what to plant when. Very slick! However, it does cost $25 a year.
If you’re looking for some free solutions, I recently came across Sprout Robot. It’s very cool–just input your ZIP code and out pops a calendar for sprouting and planting. You can even order seeds and get email reminders. The advantage is that it’s super easy to use. There is also a paid version but I’ve only experimented with the free one.
If you’re looking for something more robust (say, with gardening plans and journaling options) you might want to try Smart Gardener.
I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to plant this year. Knowing that I will be getting vegetables from the CSA (and knowing how awful my garden did last year) I think I’m gong to focus mainly on adding perennial vegetables and herbs.
Have you started planning your garden yet? Any other great tools I’ve missed?