Sustainable Saturday - Gardening with Children: A Series Documenting our Garden 2010 - Garden Planning Tools

Someone commented to me this week that they didn't have enough area in their yard for a garden.  My response was, you can start small like a 4 x 8 raised garden bed and grow several varieties of vegetables over the course of the summer.  If you don't even have the space for a 4 x 8 raised bed, consider container gardening.  For this upcoming growing season I ordered a Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter utilizing my $25 gift coupon from Garden's Alive!  I received a FREE catalog with a $25 gift coupon that could also be used on shipping.  My total out of pocket was $3.10!

Utilizing one of the online garden tools available this year, you can plan out your garden before you even plant one seed (or plant)! 

For new gardeners:
Gardener's Supply - Kitchen Garden Custom Planting Map

Drag and drop your vegetables into a very user friendly Planting Map.  This planting map is always FREE to use.

For formal gardens:
Garden Planner

Arrange plants, trees, buildings and objects using an easy to use 'drag and drop' interface. Use tools to quickly create paving, paths and fences. Then produce a high quality color print out of your design.
Download the trial version right now or buy the full version for just $19.95.

For veggie gardeners: is an innovative garden planning tool which helps you grow fruit and vegetables to the best of their ability, whatever the size or shape of your garden or plot.  They offer a FREE 30-day trial or you can Subscribe for $25 for one year or $40 for two years.

If you don't know where to start and have a small space, Organic Gardening Magazine  in their Feb/March 2010 Issue took all the guess work out of planting a Three-Season Garden.

I started out 4 years ago now with one 4 x 8 raised bed.  Now I have not only the 4 x 8 raised bed, but 4 additional 4 x 8 garden beds. 

2009 Garden:

Haven't started your seeds?  Here is a handy Seed Starting Chart available on

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