Vegetables and Fruit forum: An app for determining the right time to plant vegetables

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 26, 2012 10:26 AM CST

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Within a couple weeks, people are going to start thinking about starting vegetable gardens. Seeds will be ordered and plans drawn up. A lot of people will be searching for information on when to plant each kind of vegetable.

So, in preparation for this coming season, I've been working for a while on a spring vegetable planting guide, where you enter your location and it will tell you when you should plant each item.

So, for example, if you enter a zipcode of 75766 (my zipcode) then it will tell me that my last frost date is around March 13. It will then give me a list of all the various vegetables and when I should start them indoors, when should I transplant them, or when should I direct sow the seeds, etc.

I'm starting to get enough progress that I'm ready to have a few people look at it and give me feedback on whether it matches their expectations. So, if you're interested in checking the feature out, please send me a tree-mail and I'll add you to the beta group.

All beta testers/participants will be given a microbadge commemorating their participation. Smiling
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Dec 26, 2012 10:58 AM CST
I'm looking forward to this feature. Just what I need to help me with various plants.
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Dec 26, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Hea Dave! Happy Birthday!!!!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 26, 2012 11:01 AM CST

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Thanks both of you. Smiling Do you want to be added to the beta? If so, shoot me a quick tree mail letting me know. Smiling
Name: Memory Russell
SW Connecticut
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Cat Lover Region: Northeast US Vegetable Grower
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AYankeeCat
Dec 26, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Dave - First, Happy Birthday and Second, I would like to be added to your beta.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 26, 2012 12:15 PM CST
♬ ♩ ♫ Happy Birthday Dave! ♪ ♬ ♫

I don't grow much in the way of veggies except the occasional tomatoes so I wouldn't be much help in beta testing but just wanted to say Happy Birthday!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Dec 26, 2012 12:28 PM CST
That sounds awesome, Dave. Are you going to have Canadian postal codes too? In Calgary our average last frost is May 25th, but Edmonton (3 hours North) is May 6th. Calgary has average 112 frost free days and Edmonton has 140.

And Happy Birthday!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 26, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Happy Birthday Dave!!

I think this is a great idea, I don't grow veggies anymore, but for those that do I'm sure it will be very useful. Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 26, 2012 1:35 PM CST

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Joannabanana said:That sounds awesome, Dave. Are you going to have Canadian postal codes too? In Calgary our average last frost is May 25th, but Edmonton (3 hours North) is May 6th. Calgary has average 112 frost free days and Edmonton has 140.


Initially the system will likely only support the United States because that's the only data set I have been able to get. Cities close to the US will work because the data is very close. For example, Vancouver will work because it's so close to Blaine, WA (the nearest station).

Being able to add in custom data, however, will be something that I will work to get supported, maybe even there for launch! All I really need to know is the average first frost date and I can make it work. I would love to support major cities all around the world.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Dec 26, 2012 2:37 PM CST
I think this sounds great, Dave!

I'd like to be added to the beta group, please.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 26, 2012 2:43 PM CST

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Dec 26, 2012 2:56 PM CST
Sorry I'm not online very much these day but this is the kind of project I'd like to help out with.

I'll T-mail in a second.

Happy Birthday to YOU and TRISH (belated)! Hope you got each other exactly what you each wanted!

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Patti1957
Dec 26, 2012 5:11 PM CST
I like to be in on this please.


Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 26, 2012 5:21 PM CST

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Fantastic. Everyone who asked has been added!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Dec 26, 2012 7:14 PM CST
This may help for a start for Canadian locations
http://www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-canada
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Dec 26, 2012 7:16 PM CST
I don't have a phone like that so will pass. lol
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Name: June or Nancy-June o
Dover AFB, Delaware (Zone 7a)
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JuneBug
Dec 26, 2012 7:21 PM CST
I don't either, but I love this idea! So handy...
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Dec 28, 2012 2:55 PM CST

Plants Admin

Alberta
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agd...
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agd...
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 28, 2012 3:13 PM CST

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If every province in Canada and other countries around the world published information like that, Evan, we would have the whole world covered perfectly with this feature.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Dec 28, 2012 3:51 PM CST

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I found maps for Saskatchewan (and Ontario I think) but nothing tied to station/town locations. Most aggie schools extensions have this kind of info. here so maybe a little more searching will yield results.
Evan

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