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Is there a need for a vegetable growing app?

Hi guys,

 As well as being a very keen gardener and vegetable grower in my spare time, I happen to also be a programmer in a professional capacity.

 I've been considering creating a website with a garden planner, primarily around growing veg.

 Some simply functionality (to be added to!) I'm looking at implementing is...

 - Add tasks and attach that task to a specific vegetable (with the ability to add a task to one of several of the same veg to accommodate the addition of tasks for staggered sowing of the same veg)
 - All tasks can be viewed in various calendar forms, weekly, monthly etc
 - Dashboard with upcoming tasks

 These are the most basic of things to add and I'm still playing with ideas.

 My aim is to keep it clean and simple and give the gardener all of the flexibility they need, as opposed to giving tasks specific names and just allowing specific custom named tasks to be set with custom dates of the users choice. I.e you can name a task 'bob' and set it to any date you require, of course you wouldn't go with Bob but just to show the level of customisation.

 I can't find a good planner that isn't restricted, they don't have flexibility or give me the ability to make my own choices within an

 The main question - Is there alot of need for this kind of application? Do you guys struggle with a decent planner that does what you need and allows you flexibility as opposed to restrictions and apps that feel unfinished etc?

 FYI - I plan on creating this for the purpose of helping people, with no commercial intent right now - if there was any commercial side added down the line, this would not restrict existing users, it may simply be a few ads to support the cost of running etc if it becomes popular.

 Look forward to people's comments and opinions. :)


  • I should think that people who use apps might find this useful. Personally I just use a spreadsheet with tasks for each month.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953
    I don't use a spreadsheet ... the most I do is note things that do well in a notebook so I can buy the same seeds another year.  

    With gardening so much depends on looking at your soil/seedlings/plants to see what's happening/how they're doing.

    My brother is a huge (in every sense ;) )vegetable farmer producing for the major supermarkets ... he and his employees use computers, sensors in the fields, drones  ... all sorts of hi tech stuff ... but they still need to walk the fields every few days and take a look to see what's happening and draw on their years of knowledge and experience ... they then have to consult the specialist agricultural meterological services to see what might be going to happen ... 

    Can't see an app working ... sorry.   

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Anything that encourages people to actively garden is worthwhile. For instance I find it very useful taking photos of my beds to track progress and to remember where everything is when they die back. I would like some some sort of application where you could ascribe those photos to the exact location on an aerial plan of the plot. I can imagine it being useful if you had to tell a neighbour or friend which exact plant to water when you're away etc. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,698
    I think it’s a great idea and would hope to make use of it.

    Currently I am forever writing things on scraps of paper if I have seen a useful comment in a magazine, TV programme or online. I then transfer these (or rather the ones I don’t misplace) to a notebook and pretty soon it has become a jumbled mess.

    Planting plans need redrawing every year and it would be great to have a base plan which could just be tweaked. I like the idea of having a rolling diary so I could see what needs planting when and to compare it with previous years.

    Do go ahead James. It certainly interests me.
    Rutland, England
  • FireFire Posts: 18,998
    I can imagine it being a great idea for some markets - perhaps not so much the crowd on this forum. There are a lot of veg growing apps already out there. Worth checking what's on the market before creating something new.
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,481

    I think you've hit a load of luddites but the main disincentive to any app (not that I've ever had one) is that, for every 'thou shalt' in gardening, there will be several equally valid alternatives.

    A newbie will feel obliged to have raised beds and a tunnel as absolute essentials, in the same way that it's now impossible to contemplate a cycle ride without a full set of Lycra.  I'd never have either in my garden.  Some years ago I created a diagrammatic plan of my plot and, each year, I draw in what I grew where and which variety.  Along with any articles, ads, catalogues etc. they're kept in a ring binder to help successive planning sessions.  QED.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953
    edited March 2020
    Hi @nick615 and welcome to the board ... I think  ;)  I do rather object to being labelled a luddite ... I use IT and apps and various tech stuff and treat my iPhone as if it were permanently attached to my body ... I use it a million times a day for all sorts of things.  I'm also aware of the use of IT etc in agriculture (as I described earlier).  

    However, I just do not see that an app would add to my success or enjoyment in growing vegetables.  That was more or less what was asked by the OP ... don't think I should be labelled  a luddite just because I said No and gave my reasons ... just the same as you did  :(

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FireFire Posts: 18,998
    A good app would have lots of levels and options, not just dictating what to do when. You could put in your own data and preferences, level of experience, time and energy available. I haven't explored the many gardening apps out there but I'm sure they have their appreciaters.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,341
    Personally, I wouldn't use it - simply because I'm not that organised! I've tried a few of the Apps already out there, as well as dedicated calendars / diaries and a simple notebook. Start off filling in all the bits but soon forget / can't be bothered to update them. One App would send me text reminders to do such and such a job this week and nag me until I'd ticked it off. That was so badoodly irritating!!!!

    The nearest I really get to organisation is labelling plants and pots (quite good at that 😇) and keeping empty seed packets of 'good doers' so I know what to order next season. Sow seeds when the weather feels right and I'm in the mood and, to be honest, that is pretty much the tale with all my gardening. Try to prune things at the 'right' time and mulch in the spring but that's the limit of my organisation.

    I do, however, know there are some very nerdy gardeners out there (probably the same ones who actually clean and organise their plant pots😁) and I'm sure they would love a new toy to play with.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953
    And @Topbird, don't you find that you go out there to do one thing and then see something else that needs doing and you do that, either instead or as well ... a lot of gardening is about our own immediate and personal response to what we see in our gardens ... that what makes it as much an art as a science, for me at least  B)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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