February is the time to start planning our Spring gardens. As a novice gardener, I’ve been browsing my seed catalogs and envisioning those fresh vegetables but still remain clueless how much I need to plant, where to plant it, and what I need to schedule for plantings and cultivating. Luckily I can fall back on Smart Gardener for help.
Smart Gardener is a web-based tool for planning your garden. It will ask a couple of questions such as people being fed from garden, geographical location for temperature zone/frost calculations, etc. You then layout your square footage, pinpoint north for sun exposure, pick your plants, and it will calculate how many plants you will need and create the best arrangement for compatibility/other concerns. Once your layout is done, you’ll have access to a calendar showing when to prep soil, start seedlings, transplant/direct sowing, and when to expect your veggies to appear. This way you can maximize your growing season through both Spring and Summer as well as maximize the number of vegetables you’ll have on your dinner table.