After reading up on what plants grow well beside each other (see my page on Companion Planting), and taking into account each plants space and light requirements, I decided that I needed a visual. That way, come planting time I wouldn’t need to think about it; I am way to easily distracted to get it right without a master layout of some kind. And being as lazy as I am, drawing it all out just seemed like too much work at this point, so I started looking for a free ap that might fit the bill. Can you believe it, there must be other lazy gardeners out there too, cause Lo, I found this little number: Gardeners.com garden layout planner
It’s a great little “drag n’ drop” tool that lets you input your garden bed size, then drag the plants you want into the grid. You can plan many beds, then lay them out as you like on the page. Once done, you can save the whole lot as a PDF and print. Great huh!? It also assumes a certain amount of space for each plant, so if you select a tomato plant, it uses a foot of space, and if you select carrots, it will put in 9 carrots per sq ft. Disclaimer, I really don’t have any idea how exact this really in terms plant qty, but it should give general idea as to what you can expect to get in a certain area.
If you don’t want to do any thinking at all, it also has some pre-designed layouts that you can use rather then designing your own.
In any case, I thought it fit my needs perfectly so I’m passing it on.