Vegetable Garden Planner for PC and Mac

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Let The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner help you to plan your entire garden! Get a free week’s trial of the world’s #1 garden planning software. 

In minutes, design your first garden right on your computer! We’ve done all the research for you—from planting dates for your location to determining how many plants fit in your space. Plus, get free plot plans designed by hundreds of readers to inspire you!

Try it free for 7 days!

Our Garden Planner makes it easy to draw out your vegetable beds, add plants, and move plants around to get the perfect layout. Whether you use traditional row planting, raised beds, or Square Foot Gardening, the Garden Planner adapts to suit your gardening style.

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Produce the Perfect Garden Plan

The Garden Planner has 250 vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers with detailed growing information just a click away. As you add vegetables, the space they require is clearly shown by the colored area around each plant, and it calculates how many plants will fit in the area!

Crop rotation is easy as the Garden Planner warns you where you should avoid placing each vegetable, based on what was planned for a prior year.

There’s also a new Companion Planting tool! The Garden Planner will show you which plants grow best together.

Adapts Your Location

The Garden Planner adapts to your own area, using our database of over 5,000 weather stations. Print your own personlized planting chart showing how many of each plant you require and when to sow, plant, and harvest them.

Twice a month, the Garden Planner sends email reminders of what needs planting from your garden plans.

Simple Yet Powerful Garden Planning

The Garden Planner is both easy to use and flexible. Organize which crops will follow others in the same site, using the “succession planting” feature, and see how your garden will look for each month of the year. Customized varieties can be added with their own spacing and planting dates.

Like a garden journal, you can add notes to your plants and track how they grow.

Easy to Use Tools

With the Garden Planner, you do not need to install anything special on your PC or Mac. (Most computers have the required Adobe Flash Player plug-in.)
You’ll use normal every-day functions such as “undo,” “copy,” and “paste.”
We also have video tutorials to show you just what you need to know to get the most out of the Garden Planner.

Free Trial and Low-Cost Subscription

The Garden Planner is completely free for 7 days—ample time to try planning a garden.

Setting up your Garden Planner account is easy. No credit card details are required—and a subscription does not automatically start when your free trial ends. If you find it useful (as many do!), the annual subscription is $29.00.

Garden Planner for Mac and PC

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Well, it planner data might work for some consumers, but I got the information (after going through the sign up process, but thankfully NOT having to input credit card information before being permitted to continue) that the offer had expired.

"Expired". Nothing about "free trial for 2018". Just "expired".

And I DO enjoy gardening. That's why I subscribed. I'll just continue doing my own garden planning without the (dubious) benefits of something I can't access.

Garden Planner Trial

Hello, again, Rachel, We spoke to the gardening team just to confirm and hope this response is helpful:

“Our Free Trial very much still exists. It’s possible that a Free Trial of a Garden Planner on another site was accessed first? We’d be happy to extend the account for another 7 days for the customer though but we’ll need the email address of the account.”

If interested, please email us directly here:   (Do not put private information on this web site.) We’ve had a Garden Planner for 3 years and not run into this problem to date. Thank you.

Garden Planner EXPIRED

There should have been some indication in the article/ad title to indicate this was old data.

Disappointed to find out that the offer was EXPIRED...perhaps I should have checked reader comments first BEFORE wasting time on this.

Now I will be verifying every "new" newsletter...even I can only put up with so much "recycling".

Free trial still available

Hi Rachel, We’re not clear what you’re referencing. The online Garden Planner is still alive and well.  It’s the top Garden Planner on Earth.  And we still have a free trial offer, as of this writing (January, 2018).  This should be ample time to play around and design your first garden. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’d like everyone to enjoy gardening!  

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Can i use the garden planner here in the Philippines? There is no problem with what kind of plants I will plant. I ask this because of our weather here. Weather plays an important role in planting. is it applicable here?

Garden Planner in other countries

The Garden Planner can be used in many countries around the globe.  In the Philippines, or any country that is tropical or sub-tropical with no frosts, the recommended planting dates the Garden Planner calculates will probably not be accurate.  If you wish you can customize the system, specifying your own planting and harvesting dates for each crop by editing the ‘Default variety’ (indicated by a dash) for each plant as shown in the Adding Plants and Varieties video on the login page of the Garden Planner.  These new values will then be used for your account and when sending planting reminders.

mobile version

I do not have a home computer and I use my ipad pro for everything. Is the Mobile Version independent from the PC version?

Mobile Garden Planner

Yes! The mobile version is independent from the PC version and does not require that you have a computer.

Will Garden Planner work on a market garden scale

This is my first year at attempting to turn 6 acres of virgin land into a viable market garden. This land has not had cattle on it for at least 5 years and has not been cropped for over 40 years. The soils go from a wetland in the North which has a high clay component to a loam clay to loam to sandy loam and finally to sand in the south, All of the bands have high organic components and I am supplementing with aged compost and aged manure.

This year I am planning on planting early potato varieties with the rows running North to South so that I can see the effect on individual types of potatoes. Living in East Central Alberta Canada makes this challenging since we normally get our first snows the end of October. Will garden planner scale to a market garden sized operation?

Online Garden Planner

The Garden Planner allows you to create up to 5 Garden Plans per year and each of these can be up to 1000ft by 1000ft in size. Please feel free to contact Customer Support directly to discuss your needs and circumstances in more detail if you wish by emailing


Is this an online application as your demo shows, or is this a stand-alone application that is downloaded and ran on my PC.

online garden planner

Hi Don, At the moment, we provide an online version so that all our customers are using our most up-to-date software and we can keep backups of the data. You can, however, download all your garden plans to your desktop and some mobile devices, too.

You do not need any special software. The Garden Planner simply uses Adobe Flash Player, version 9 or above, which is installed on well over 95% of all internet-connected computers. Adobe Flash works with Windows PCs, Apple Macs and Linux, in all major browsers. If you need to update your version of Flash Player, then you will be notified when trying to launch the Garden Planner.


Imho .. $9/yr would be reasonable and attract far more customers .. $29 is not, and won't.

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i'm going to go on a limb and guess you haven't used it. it's easily saved me that much money over the full harvest. it's not just for drop and drag beds. it helped me with my spacing which saved me money on transplants and it was really helpful with crop rotation to avoid putting certain plants together. this is a really sophisticated program and i actually think it's an amazing deal. i spend that much easily in the garden store. it's obvious these guys aren't just out for money beyond covering their costs and making a living. their videos are awesome and they are truly expert gardeners not just software developers.

Adjacent Crops

Does the garden planner recommend, or highlight potential plot neighbour recommendations/problems? I saw in one of your other videos that certain crops in raised beds are good together because one has long roots, another has short, etc. I was wondering if the software assists with this, perhaps highlights no go areas in red like it does for the crop rotation feature. Thanks.

vegetable garden planner

Hi Adam. The Garden Planner lists good companions in the Grow Guide for each plant which you can view by clicking the ‘i’ information button next to each plant on the selection bar. We only list companions where there is good scientific evidence to support the association, and we deliberately don’t note ‘bad companions’ because there is much less evidence and widely diverging opinions on this - a lot of it contradictory. In our opinion, getting things like crop rotation right is far more important to the success of crops.


what do you not plant close to tomatoes or other veggies

Planting near to tomatoes

Hi Elizabeth, the main things to avoid planting near to tomatoes and other veggies are trees and bushes. Anything like that will shade the veggies and also send out roots which drain moisture and nutrients from the vegetable patch. Most vegetables want full sun (except in the heat of summer when some need a little shade in the south), moisture and no competition from other plants nearby such as weeds or bushes.
Beyond this you can take a look at our companion planting table which lists poor companions, though this is less important than the advice we've given above:

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I used the Garden Planner in 2015 with success, but do not want to continue with the subscription. How do I ensure that I will not be billed in 2016?

Garden Planner

Hi Carol. We don't store payment details for the Garden Planner, so I can assure you that your subscription won't automatically renew. If you have any further questions please contact the Garden Planner team directly using the Contact Us button on the Garden Planner start page.

Purchase Garden Planner for a friend

I would like to purchase the garden planner PC version for a friend. Can you please assist me with this.

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Hi Wendy, please could you contact Garden Planner customer support directly by clicking on the Start Your Free Trial button further up this page, then click Contact Us, and we’ll be able to issue a gift certificate code.