Organic Gardening

Get dirty, have fun and grow more food with great gardening tips from real-life gardeners.

Add to My MSN

New Features Added to Garden Planning Tools

4/4/2012 9:34:00 AM

Tags: garden planning, garden planner, apps, ipad, seed companies

We have some exciting additions to announce about our award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner program and our new Grow Planner iPad app. If you haven’t yet heard about or tried these cool programs, click on the links in the previous sentence to go to complete info pages. In a nutshell, these programs help you plan and design your vegetable garden, ultimately helping you grow more food. You map out what you want to grow (choosing from more than 140 crops), and the programs tell you how many of each plant you can fit in an area and when you need to plant each crop based on your ZIP code. The computer-based version and our new app have received praise from beginning and veteran gardeners, who often comment on the time they save by using these tools.

Here are some of the recent additions and improvements we’ve made to the Vegetable Garden Planner and Grow Planner app:

New Seed Company Catalogs 

We’ve recently integrated more seed company catalogs into our garden planning tools. We already had these existing seed suppliers in our planners: Territorial Seed, Jung Seed, R H Shumway, Totally Baker Creek Seed Company CatalogTomatoes and Vermont Bean Seed Co.

We are very excited to now include some of our favorite companies: Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, High Mowing Organic Seeds and The Tasteful Garden.

There are now more than 10,000 varieties and descriptions included in the planner! When you’re using the Garden Planner and want to know more about varieties of a particular crop, double-click a plant, click the + button next to the variety list, and then hover over the information button for any variety to learn more. From the Plant List, you can also select which seed company you’d like to order from, and then click the “Buy” button to be taken straight to the catalog page on the supplier’s website.

New Features: Plant Filter and Favorites Button 

These two new features have already been added to the online Vegetable Garden Planner and are coming soon to the Grow Planner app.

As we’ve expanding the range of plants available, we’ve received some feedback that gardeners would like help choosing crops. In response, we have added a Filter and Favorites button. These new features make it easy to ask the Garden Planner questions such as: What herbs are in the brassica family? What vegetables are easy to grow and can be planted in my area in April? Which cover crops are suitable for planting in fall? And many more.

The Filter is multi-layered, meaning that you can set as many criteria as you wish and it will find the relevant plants and display them in the selection bar. Clicking the Filter button again will remove the filter and return to all plants. This is how the custom filter will appear in the Planner:

Garden Planner Plant Filter 

By using the new Favorites button, you can easily select certain plants to show in your selection bar, while hiding those you know you don’t want to grow. We think this simple feature will save you even more time as you plan your garden.

Update to Grow Planner App 

A brand new update to our Grow Planner app is now available in the Apple App Store. The newest version includes many improvements and a few new features, including much more intelligent syncing with the online Vegetable Garden Planner. Visit the Grow Planner page in the App Store to learn more about this update.

We’re continuing to develop both the online Garden Planner and the Grow Planner app, so there’s plenty more coming to look forward to. If you have any questions about using our garden planning tools, please use our Contact Form and we’ll do our best to help.

Best wishes to you in your gardens this season. May you have your biggest and best harvests yet!

Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .

Related Content

Disease Prevention for Tomatoes

Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.

Bring Garden Planning Into Your Garden With Gardening App

Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.

We Are Opening the Doors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR!

It's opening day at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR! We're covering all kinds of cool gardening topics at...

Vegetable Garden Planner Gift Cards Now Available!

Gift cards to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner are now available for just $25.

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Neha Sharma
6/18/2012 5:00:40 PM
Flowers make way for the emotions and feelings to express just the perfect way. When you are completely clueless about how to result a simple yet worth memorable gift, its flowers that always comes handy for your purpose.houtkachel

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.