A Comparison of Online Garden Planners

March 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm 6 comments


The online micro-farm management race is on!

As more and more people are beginning to use their land as micro-farms, we believe the best of the best in gardening technology is yet to come. From using flash cards to learn companion planting, to the amazing drag-and-drop gardening technology now online, America’s micro-farming revolution is under way!

Grow Veg
GrowVeg was the first comprehensive garden planning tool I found online. It’s fun drag-and-drop capabilities make garden planning as easy as it gets, with built-in teaching mechanisms for helping people learn as they garden and farm. With a free 30-day trial, it’s a super safe choice and a great tool for getting the job done.

Plangarden is a powerful contender on the scene with drag-and-drop toolbars, seed-centric pull-down menus, and a “shared garden” mapping system. Plangarden helps micro-farmers and gardeners think through their decisions and track their progress. This garden planner offers a free 45-day trial.

As more people get tired of “content-only” websites, they are looking beyond gardening advice for actual tools to accomplish their farming goals. Over time, we will see more online planners like this merge with social media sites through affiliate marketing. Community organizers and cooperative gardening efforts will continue to use commerce sites to create fractured economies based on food and seeds as a staple in their exchanges.

This is already happening with Bright Neighbor. Our network of lawn farmers is growing as we coordinate projects and help people learn how to be micro-farmers as they trade/sell their produce through Bright Neighbor. I’m sure we will see many more exciting developments as the tech crowd focuses on utilities that help us deal with food source complexities and fix local supply chains.begin


Entry filed under: Creativity, How To, Sustainability, Technology, Trends.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Plangarden  |  March 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Randy, and thanks for your review of Plangarden. We really appreciate it. Just an FYI, Plangarden was launched in 2005. The competitor you mentioned was one of our first users!

    Plangarden Version 2, launched last year, has especially been valuable to community gardeners. Sharing one account, gardeners can have up to 5 garden areas, each with a maximum size of up to 5 acres (>2 hectares). We also have a nifty calculator that allows you to estimate the value of your produce in supermarket, farmer’s market and organic produce dollars.

    We continue to add and improve our feature set, so please check in every now and then!

    Best regards – Roy Stahl

  • 2. EastrnGrrl  |  April 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Hi All,

    I noticed you completely missed ZipHarvest.com!

    ZipHarvest offers professionally designed gardens with many themes and in various dimensions to fit different spaces. People can start with one of the existing Designer gardens and customize it as needed, or build one from scratch right in their browser. The tools are free. They send you all the seeds in a kit based on the finished garden. There’s even a soil test kit that lets new gardeners figure out what would grow well in their environment, and then they give you suggestions for the best results.

    Check it out!

    • 3. Tesåpa  |  July 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      I tried the link to zipharvest but I can’t load the first page as a password is required…

  • 4. peakoilboy  |  April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks EasternGrrl!

    Zipharvest looks super cool, very useful indeed. We seem to have no shortage of tools for learning and communication, it’s just the labor that is missing!

    Everyone is so busy chasing dollars they don’t have time to get out into their gardens as much as they want, I know it’s true for me.

    With Bright Neighbor, we are helping foster change that can be made on the local level in in producing goods and services, connecting with neighbors and friends to share stuff, and moving more toward local food resiliency. All of these are great tools to get growing!

  • 5. Marek Rafalowicz  |  February 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Randy,
    You may also have a look at this online planner – http://GardenPuzzle.com It takes a little different approach, instead of the top view it uses more ‘human’ perspective 🙂

    Disclaimer: I am an author of that site, and I’d love to here your feedback,


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