After 15 years at Rosedale Community Garden, I decided it was time to stop approximating the size of my plot and take actual measurements. One of the master gardeners in my class shared a computer program her partner had used to map out their garden plot/plants for the upcoming garden season. I checked out the site: http://www.gardenplanner.almanac.com. It looked so awesome that I immediately wanted to input my dimensions and get to work. The site allows you to use it free for 30 days and then asks for a $25 annual fee; $40 for two years.
So on this sunny spring morning, I drove the 20 minutes up to Rosedale Garden armed with last year’s written map, a tape measure and a sharpie.
I was surprised to find that the actual measuring took longer than I had imagined. At 16 feet, my tape measure wasn’t quite long enough to capture the entire length or wide of the plots so I measured smaller sections instead: the compost trench, the fenced in area, the strawberry patch, the raised beds, the perennial beds, etc.
After an hour of measuring followed by a brief seed planting session, I rushed home to log on to the garden planner site and inputted my garden dimensions. After a concentrated hour of working with the mapping tools, I can see that this project is going to take a little longer than the usual gridded paper and color pencils method. In the long run, I think its going to be awesome!!!