Vegetable Garden Plot

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Plangarden all about?
Who might want to use Plangarden software?
How does the Plangarden application work?
Why would you use garden design software?
How is Plangarden different from other garden design software?
What's the catch?
What about privacy?
How long will Plangarden be around?


What is Plangarden all about?

Plangarden is a software program that runs entirely on the Web. You get the most current version everytime you visit the site. It was designed originally for the vegetable gardener in mind, although many of our users also include fruit plants/trees and flowers when they use the application.

The application installs NOTHING on your computer and is 100% virus free! It has been certified by Softpedia as free of viruses, spyware and adware: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/Plangarden-Vegetable-Garden-Design.shtml

Who might want to use Plangarden software? People who

  • Want a better way to visualize their garden before they plant
  • Want to look back at last year's data to plan crop rotation, soil work, improve gardening results
  • Like to plan and track harvesting times and amounts, and gardening activities, e.g. soil work
  • Want to share a visual reference of their garden with others to get and/or provide advice
  • Are part of a community garden and want to pre-plan the plot
  • Want to involve students in a gardening program using a fun, educational tool
  • Are eager to plan their garden in the dead of winter

How does it work?

The application is done mainly in Flash, with PERL handling some back-end tasks. The security is built on top of PHPbb which is well-tested for security. Passwords are fully encrypted so not even the Plangarden Webmaster has any way of viewing it. There are XML and mySQL databases supporting the garden database and a sprinkling of Javascript as it suits the situation.

Why would you use garden design software?

Without Plangarden, you can scribble out your garden on a piece of paper and track your harvest with a spreadsheet program like Excel. Alternatively, you can use Plangarden to design and lay out your garden for this year and look back on past years' gardens. It's a better way to enter, use and store data as well as see how other gardeners plan their gardens via the opt-in "Shared Gardens" feature. Each year, Plangarden will offer more features to help enrich your gardening experience without having to do lots of manual entries on a computer. You should spend just enough time at your PC to sip an iced tea before going back out and plucking a prize tomato!

How is Plangarden different from other garden design software?

PLATFORM: Plangarden runs exclusively on the Web. You always have the most recent version when you start the application. You are not required to download or upgrade the software. Your data is saved continually and stored on a remote server so you'll never have to worry about losing data if your hard drive crashes.

EASY-TO-USE: User research and feedback indicate that Plangarden is so much easier to use than competing products. Some products require familiarity with CAD (computer aided design) or programming expertise. Plangarden's drag-and-drop feature appeals to Internet users -- kids and grown-ups alike!

FLEXIBLE: Which products will allow you to create a garden shaped like a three-scoop ice cream cone, add containers and additional plots of any shape on the side -- all with specifiable dimensions in imperial and metric? We don't know of any - other than Plangarden. It lets you design even the oddest shaped gardens with all the right measurements.

FEATURE-RICH: Apart from plot layout, specifying vegetables and journaling activites, we continue to innovate and add features such as the harvest estimator and "Know When To Plant" planting guide. In addition, Plangarden can now accommodate garden sizes of up to 5 acres (2 hectares)! Thanks to user suggestions and our own ambitions, Plangarden will continue to evolve with innovative, user-friendly ways to make your gardening experience more rewarding and fun!

DYNAMIC: Plangarden application is updated periodically (sometimes even weekly) without you being aware of the changes. We aim to listen well and be responsive to our users and develop an application that becomes more easy-to-use, flexible, feature-rich, and stable.

What's the catch?

You can sign up for a free, 45-day trial. If you like it, there is a modest subscription fee of $20/year.

What about privacy?

You can be assured that we don't collect marketing data, but need an email address so we can keep in touch with you. If you don't wish to be contacted, reply back. Emails are always sent by a real person with a real email, not an automated system. Protection of your privacy is paramount to us!

How long will Plangarden be around?

Some users have expressed their concern about the longevity of this application and the founders' commitment to keep this venture alive. Thanks to the enthusiastic feedback we've received, as well as our love for gardening and cooking up delicious meals from home-grown veggies (ever try fresh leek or celeriac soup?), we have every intention to keep improving Plangarden indefinitely!