Tuesday, April 10, 2012
garden planning - a new method
I had meant to get this post up yesterday, but then some alien entered my body and I've been trying desperately to expel it. First, I started coughing, then a fever, and now a runny nose. Oh, the joys of spring colds - NOT.
Anyway...yesterday morning I began using a really cool online garden planning tool. Perhaps you already know all about it, but it was new to me. And I love it!
It's called SmartGardener and most of the features are absolutely free! You can find it at this link. And you can see my garden plan at this link.
I went ahead and ordered a few of the add-ons, but my cost was still under $10. I did try the print feature and didn't care for it so we'll still probably draw out a version of our garden on graph paper like we always did before. What I really like about the tool is that it will help me compile a gardening to-do list to keep me on track AND (the big attraction) will help remind me about successive plantings. I'm horribly bad about forgetting to re-plant and as a result we waste a great deal of garden space by only using it for that first spring/early summer crop. Our growing season here in SouthEastern Wisconsin is long enough that I could get two crops in but rarely remember to do so.
(I was not compensated by anyone to write this and the folks at SmartGardener probably don't even know I blog since I just signed up with them yesterday)
ETA - the grey rectangles on the plan are our house and garage. The longer narrower one is the garage and the other is our house.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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