Monday, April 15, 2013

Smart Gardener OMG

It's official. I'm obsessed.

Remember that app I mentioned in the Great Garden Giveaway post last week? It was the Vertical Vegetables and Fruit Smart Add-On from Smart Gardener

It is everything I've been saying I want. I told it where I live and how many people are in my family (I only said two adults because I don't think Norie will eat enough this summer to match their kid predictions), then I picked out what I like to eat and it told me how much to plant and planned a garden layout based on a 4 year crop rotation, it's orientation to the sun, plant height and spacing, and the size of my household.

It is the COOLEST thing ever.

Or maybe just the best thing ever for an overly neurotic gardener who doesn't really know what she's doing but has control and perfection issues. Either way I'm hooked.

Did I mention it gives me weekly to dos that I can have sent to my phone?

Here's the plan for my three raised beds.

When you click on the pictures it even gives you information about how to plant it (depth, spacing, and a handy little picture of how to plant the square) along with companion planting info.

Did you know spinach and strawberries were good companions in a garden? I just knew they paired well in a salad. Nom. But Smart Gardener does so I don't have to know and I can just trust that it is optimized.

I even picked varieties that I know are available from the greenhouse where I'm planning to buy my transplants. Now all I have to do is get on my list of to dos. I have plans tonight and tomorrow so I'm thinking Wednesday there may be a flurry of activity in the garden. However, I heard a rumor that it might try to snow Thursday so maybe I should just wait it out until the weekend. I'm not sure if I can.


  1. Yes. Wait on planting. --Bulbguy

  2. That app sounds AWESOME. I haven't really thought much about it this year because I decided not to plant anything from seed but sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do because you want to do it just right...know what I mean. Did you have to pay for the app or is it free? I have a droid...wonder if it works on that.

    1. The app they reference is a harvest calculator thing. The basic functions I talked about here are just on the website which is free for the basic version. They have small fees for additional bells and whistles like vertical gardening, succession planting, and the ability to archive gardens. I'm seriously considering investing a whole $8 or something to get the full meal deal. :)

  3. This is soooo helpful! This is a new app to me, and would help a lot for this new gardener. I would love for you to join us at the Pretty Things Link Party, hope to see you there :)

    xo, Tanya



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