review–groOrganic Garden Planner
Organic gardening is a popular subject today. Many are becoming aware of the benefits of eating organically and growing vegetables and fruit in their own backyards. This is not a new concept. Rather it is a very OLD concept. The “conventional” gardening and farming of today relies on the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. “Organic” gardening and farming restricts the use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, organic growers rely on developing a healthy fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops. This is the way our grandparents or great grandparents grew their produce.
Unfortunately, we have to re-learn how to grow food. This is a lost art to many inexperienced gardeners. We have many sources to help begin a new gardening project if we have the desire to do so. New ideas to make gardening easier for the novice as well as for the experienced gardener are readily available on the internet and in gardening books. How-To videos will even show you step-by-step the building of raised planter beds. But then what? Wouldn’t it be great if you could just type in your zip code and have a gardening program remind you when to plant and when to harvest? Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy the convenience of growing your own produce without the back-breaking weeding of the past?
groOrganic, an innovative company, will provide 'full service' vegetable gardening for people with little time or experience. groOrganic can supply complete raised bed vegetable gardens installed and maintained by professionals or will consult with a client who just needs a little advice.
groOrganic offers the most up to date gardening design and maintenance software technology. Our Garden Planner:
[ ] Makes it easy to draw out your vegetable beds, add plants and move them around to get the perfect layout. Either feet and inches or metric units are supported and any shape of garden can be created.
[ ] Adapts to suit your gardening style whether you use traditional row planting, raised beds or Square Foot Gardening.
[ ] Adapts to your own area using our database of over 5000 weather stations.
[ ] Prints your own personalized planting chart showing how many of each plant you require and when to sow, plant and harvest them.
[ ] Sends email reminders twice a month of what needs planting from your garden plans.
The Association of Certified groOrganic Gardeners is dedicated to the education of the public concerning organic gardening, self sufficiency, and the health benefits of eating organically grown produce.
The National organic gardening company has a growing list of fans and customers, thanks in part to the "Slow Food Movement" and its devoted supporters, and word-of-mouth generated by people all over the country. Even Hollywood celebrities have generated a lot of buzz for groOrganic, many of whom enjoy their own groOrganic gardens and are excited about the prospect of having their very own organic produce in their yards. groOrganic has been featured in articles, blogs, and on the television shows “The Biggest Loser”, “Keeping with Kardashians”, “Tori & Dean, Home Sweet Hollywood”, and “Access Hollywood”.
When you first sign in, you choose your garden location and your frost dates. What I really liked was that they used Google Maps for their garden location. So you can literally pin point your backyard on the map. It will then determine what your plant, grow, and harvest dates are for your specific area.
There are several very informative videos that can guide you through the process of planning out your garden. Even if you are the type that likes to jump right into things, I suggest watching them. There are little hints and tricks that you might not realize without doing so.
Next you will specify the size of the area you want to plan. You can literally do the entire yard if you want. There are shapes that you can include to denote ponds, etc. So you can have it all nicely planned out.
Once you put your plants into the chart, you can see a listing of all the plants, how many you will be planting, when each gets planted, and when you will harvest. It is very easy to read and even color coded. They even make it easy for you to do rotations of your plants. This way you can determine which plants you can easily switch out with which.
One of the best features is that you will receive reminder emails letting you know when it is time to plant or harvest.
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