“We are ecstatic with our first year. I had never gardened before and my husband had dabbled on a much smaller scale. We really wanted our backyard to be productive and full of life with hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and birds. We got lots and lots of rewards with so many yummy vegetables that tasted so much better than the grocery store. And we reduced out bill by $250 for 2 months in a row! That was really cool to see documented and make happen. Next year, with better planning, we hope to do better, using succession planting. We also have a much better idea of things we need more of and things to have fewer of, so that we buy even less. We could not have done this without the Garden Planner. I just entered my yard measurements and we knew exactly how many beds we needed, the best things to plant by each other, and how many to plant in an area. I can’t tell you how instrumental that was for our first year. We wouldn’t have been as successful as we were. I a excited to start planning for next year! Thank you again for providing such a wonderful tool to use, and also for the enhancements I see from time to time when I log in.” —Lisa M.
“I’ve been gardening for over 30 years but have recently discovered how valuable flowers, especially edible flowers, are in the vegetable garden. Bringing in pollinators, adding beauty, and producing edible flowers for salads are wonderful benefits. The basil was especially productive this year. I started it from seed and have bundles to give away. Allowing some of the herbs to go to seed delights the bees.”
“We’ve just bought an old house in Prince Edward County and I’m new to gardening so I was so pleased to find this great tool! One of the few really sunny areas on our property is in front of our garage. My partner built two very large containers to sit in front of the garage door. I filled them with tomatoes from both seeds and plants, along with basil and nasturtiums. We had more tomatoes than we (or, the neighbors) could eat!”
Greg was super successful in creating a 49’ by 20’ backyard food garden for his family, using raised beds made out of old pallets. His garden included mobile pallet planters as well as drip irrigation, row covers, and a hoop house. He’s be happy to hear from other northern gardeners.
“I am thoroughly enjoying using your program to make my garden plans! I now have 3 plans for my three gardens and I really like the plant lists that are created from the plans. I have been keeping a journal of my garden since 2009, hand drawing my plans each year. Being a draftsman by trade, I enjoyed the tedious process, if only to dream of the results! Your garden planner is so wonderful that I speak of it to all gardeners I meet. I graduated from Denver Urban Garden’s Master Community Gardener program in 2014 and therefore give back to the gardening community by teaching classes on ‘Getting Started‚’ of which planning out the garden is a big part. I always give a huge shout out to the Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner. I especially value the plant list which is produced. So many questions arise from gardeners about spacing and timing. The Garden Planner helps so much with those concerns.” —Christine
Augustín used the Garden Planner to create demonstration gardens to help Master Gardeners study different aspects of vegetable gardening, such as soil quality, pests, and companion plants. These gardeners, in turn, teach those in their own community!
“I love the planner, and all services that come with it (videos, email planting reminders, etc.), and have used it extensively.” —Augustín
Allie wanted a kitchen garden right outside her door. She planted all vegetables, herbs, and fruit that she could use in daily cooking—from tomatoes to zucchini and eggplant. She also integrated flowers to attract pollinators and detract pests.
“I am LOVING my garden planner. My Spring and Summer garden is doing very well. I plan on being a member for many years!!!” —Allie
The Almanac Garden Planner lets you create stunning, full yard, garden plans. It gives you the ability to change into square foot gardening mode for raised beds planning.
It’s also one of the easiest garden planners to use with the most features. The planner software shows how much space plants require and how to group them, taking the guesswork out of the number of plants you can grow for the space you’ve chosen. The tool gives you the ability to print out a planting schedule for seed starting, planting out and harvest, based on your specific geographic location.