Winter is the perfect time to pull out the seed catalogs and design your vegetable garden. While most of us use the old paper-and-pencil method, there are some online garden design programs that can make the process easier. One of the latest is geared towards vegetable gardeners.
GrowVeg.com is an England-based garden design tool that helps you plan your vegetable and fruit gardens. Using animated vegetables and fruits, the program helps you map out your garden and select, place, and rotate crops. Vegetables are color-coded by family, making it easier to plan crop rotation. The program can even remember past designs and warn you about planting the same family of vegetables in the same spot two years in a row.
There's growing information, too. With a simple click of the icon, you can access growing information for that fruit or vegetable. By dragging the icon into the garden, the program automatically spaces crops properly.
The Web site also has growing guides and a blog for chatting with other users. By subscribing to the service each year, you'll be able to access old designs, get e-mail reminders on gardening chores, and receive all the latest updates.
For more information on this vegetable garden design tool, go to: GrowVeg.com.
Article published on June 23, 2008.