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February 24, 2010 12:53 PM   Subscribe

The Kitchen Garden Planner allows you to create a customized plan for a Square Foot Garden. They also have designs for pre-planned square foot kitchen gardens, such as the high-yield garden and the salsa garden.
posted by mudpuppie (17 comments total) 98 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not a shill! Just thought it was really cool. Have been playing with it all morning.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:54 PM on February 24, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh my god, this is awesome! Thanks!

We'll be heading into year 3 of square foot gardening this Spring, and are still learning the ropes. At least last year we avoided the disaster and heartbreak of ZUCCHINIMAGEDDON 2008.
posted by joelhunt at 1:04 PM on February 24, 2010


thank you for posting this.
posted by Hands of Manos at 1:18 PM on February 24, 2010


A lot of folks swear by these things, and a lot don't: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/sqfoot/msg0214371916787.html
posted by snottydick at 1:23 PM on February 24, 2010


Shit, son. I was looking at this feature on their catalog not half an hour ago.

Metafilter reads my mail, clearly.
posted by lydhre at 1:33 PM on February 24, 2010


Wow, right on time. My gardener and I are in the process of planning our veggie garden.

It's going to be an awesome summer!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:36 PM on February 24, 2010


It's going to be an awesome summer!
posted by Ruthless Bunny


Not if ruthless bunnies show up.
posted by longsleeves at 2:14 PM on February 24, 2010 [3 favorites]


Longsleeves and Ruthless Bunny, is that a MetaChat reference?

Mudpuppie, this is double-plus extra-good! I needed this to get myself to plan the garden.
posted by theora55 at 3:00 PM on February 24, 2010


Awesome find, 'pupps, thanks for posting!
posted by yoga at 4:29 PM on February 24, 2010


This is cool. We're doing some square foot areas this year in stuff like carrots, beets, rutabagas, and tomatoes but it won't need this level of planning.

"At least last year we avoided the disaster and heartbreak of ZUCCHINIMAGEDDON 2008."

For the last two years we've got essentially bupkis for Zucchini (lots of plant, no fruit). It's getting harder to not plant an entire package in a "wash my car to make it rain" kind of way.
posted by Mitheral at 4:49 PM on February 24, 2010


Just thought it was really cool.
You were right.
posted by shothotbot at 6:17 PM on February 24, 2010


mudpuppie, you're my hero. The mister and I are going to finally start a veggie garden this year. This is gonna make it so much easier for a pair of n00bs.
posted by deborah at 9:14 PM on February 24, 2010


Thanks for this, we've been using the SFG method for a couple of years now and this looks like the "next step".
posted by telstar at 10:49 PM on February 24, 2010


In the salsa garden, why are the tomatoes planted in the middle? Shouldn't tallest plants be on the north side to keep them from shading other stuff? (I guess they could be south of a low-light plant...but that's not peppers and onions.)
posted by DU at 5:48 AM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


We're going to try again this year. Hopefully we'll end up with more than we did last year (namely, zilch). I think I might actually know a little bit more about what I'm supposed to be doing this time around.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:15 AM on February 25, 2010


Thanks for the link! I always want to plant a garden, but I always get so overwhelmed. This really helps.
posted by thekilgore at 2:15 PM on February 26, 2010


I was hoping that this garden planner would have a little "expert system" flavor to it. For example, DU points out one of the important questions that you have to answer before you start dragging and dropping plants. Where on earth (latitude) is your garden? How much sun exposure does it have? Is the ground clay or sand-based? Do you plan to use pesticides?

Also, what's to stop you planting watermelons next to lettuce?

I don't need help drawing a garden map so much as I need help figuring out where to put plants so they grow well together, don't need pesticides, don't need lots of fertilizer, and produce well.
posted by anthill at 7:29 PM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


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