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New Version Released - Planting Improvements

We've listened to feedback and have made a number of changes to our Free Allotment Planning Software

Since we launched in January we have had an amazing take up of our vegetable garden planner. This exceeded all our expectations. Thank you to all. We also received incredible feedback and can see that it is being used to good affect. Thank you to all those that wrote to thank us. We love to hear from you and how you are using VegPlotter.

Many kindly made suggestions too, and we have listened to each one. Today we released a new version that incorporates many of these suggested improvements. We hope you like :)

Improvements:

Fixed and Flow Plant Rows

  • Give option to move plants without extending them to the bed boundary: You can now switch between two plant modes: 'Flow' and 'Fixed'. You can switch between modes by double clicking the plant / row.

    • Plants in 'Flow' mode will extended to the bed boundaries or up to other plants if in the way. Plants in this mode have yellow drag handles (see screenshot).

    • Plants in 'Fixed' mode will not extend and will maintain the row length if there is enough space in the bed. They will also maintain their orientation, even when moving between beds. Plants in this mode have blue drag handles (see screenshot).
  • Make trees single plants: Now when you drag a tree on to the plot it places a single tree only. If you do want a full row of trees double click/tap the base of the tree to turn it to 'Flow' mode or drag out the handles.

Plant Details menu

  • Allow for custom plant spacings: This was requested by a few of you and we could not deny you all :). So you can now alter the spacings for any plant on your plot. Select the plant and change the spacing using the options in the Plant Details menu on the right (see Screenshot). We've included fields to set the spacing between and in (along) the row.

  • Allow us to share our plots with others: You can now share your plots with others from the Plot Details menu (click Cog in right hand menu). Select Yes in the share field. You can then copy the URL (web address) and share it with others (on facebook, twitter, email etc). This allows you show friends what you plan to plant, when and where. It also allows you to receive feedback. I've shared my plot as an example which is available here https://vegplotter.com/plot/overgrownplot/my-plot

We hope you like the changes released in this new version. If you sent us suggestions that weren't included. Thank you, we have not forgotten and are working on including as many as possible in our next release.

If you have any other suggestions we love to here from you. You can contact us using the Contact us form or Suggestion box at the bottom of each page if logged in.

If you like and find VegPlotter useful please share it with your friends, or on Twitter / Facebook and help us get the word out. :)

Thank you

Richard @overgrownplot

VegPlotter Founder

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Unique Month by Month Approach

VegPlotter's unique month by month approach allows you to make the most of you vegetable garden or allotment.

Vegplotter.com uses a unique month by month approach to planning your vegetable garden. Our allotment planner shows only the plants you have in the ground in any one month.

This approach as many advantages over other tools available. The main being it highlights where and when you have gaps. This allows you to plan for and plant follow-on crops or green manures. You then get the most from your limited growing space.

Another advantage is that it allows you to see the key jobs on your plot, right there on your VegPlotter plan! And as VegPlotter works on smartphones, right in your garden as well.

Screenshot of VegPlotters Month by Month SelectorChanging months is easy in our garden planning software. Click the arrows on our month by month selector. As you do, you'll notice that the plants in your plan change. Labels are added to those plants where you need to sow, plant out or harvest in that month.

VegPlotter's allotment planner has algorithms that calculate the planting schedules for your local climate. It also allows you to set your own schedules if needed.

Changing planting schedules

With your garden open in our planning software, click on the plant or row. This opens the Planting Details section in the right-hand menu. Here you can alter the schedule for the selected plant to suit your own plan.

So, if you are an expert grower and know what you are doing, VegPlotter does not restrict you. It provides the flexibility to set your own schedules. Or, if you're new to growing will VegPlotter sets the schedule for you to get you started.

To use VegPlotter's allotment and vegetable garden software, simply Register (it's FREE!)

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How to use VegPlotter - The Basics

Quick guide to using VegPlotter's allotment planning software.

We are working on some howto videos for our Vegetable Garden Planner. In the mean time here are some of the key points to note when planning your Kitchen Garden or Allotment with VegPlotter:

Change the name and size of your plot

Once you've created a new plot. Open the plot settings form by clicking on the cog in the right hand menu. Here you can change the plot name, alter the dimensions and set a location if different to the one you entered at registration.

Layout your beds and structures

Right hand VegPlotter menuTo add and alter the beds and structures on your plot you need to have the respective menus open. So to add or edit structures you'll need to have selected the structures menu (shed icon in the right hand menu - see image) and likewise for beds.

You can alter the size and labels for the beds using the right hand menu when an item is selected, or drag the yellow handles on the selected item.

Note: You can delete points (handles) on irregular shaped beds and structures by double tapping / clicking on the handle to delete.

Add plants (plan your planting year and beyond)

VegPlotter is the only garden planning tool not to require you to create a new plan for each year. Our unique month by month planning approach allows you to add plants to your plot in the months that you plan and do so for as far into the future or past as you need.

VegPlotter uses that information to show you only the plants growing on your plot in any particular month.

Current Month SelectorYou change the active month in VegPlotter using the Current Month Selector (see image) This allows you to move through the monthss and see what is in your plot each month, where you have space and the jobs needed (i.e. sow, plant out, harvest etc).

The active month also affects the plants available for you each month. As you move through the months you'll notice that plants are added or removed from the right hand plant selector based on your local climate.

To add a plant to your plot simply drag the plant from the right hand menu.

Note: You'll need to have some beds on your plot before you can add any plants.

Plants are added in rows. The default direction of a bed's plant rows can be set using the yellow double arrow that is displayed when a bed is selected.

Once added the length and orientation of the row can be altered using the yellow handles when a plant row is selected. The Yellow handle in the middle of the row allows the row to be copied out to create parallel rows of the same plant.

Deleting items

If you've added anything by mistake or want to remove an item simply select it (make sure the appropriate menu is active first) and hit the delete key on your keyboard, or you can tap the compost icon on the item details section of the right hand menu.

Hopefully this is enough to get you started. Video guides to follow. In the mean time if you have any questions feel free to Contact Us.

Happy planning

Richard

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VegPlotter is now Free!

VegPlotter's allotment planning software is now Free for ALL to use

We have made a major change to VegPlotter. From today our planning tool will be free to all non commercial users. That gives you access to ALL the features of VegPlotter's unique vegetable garden and allotment planning tool for free.

And that's not the only change:

  • You can now print your plots
  • Added the ability to alter the planting schedules for plants on your plots.
  • Improvements to the algorithms that tailor the planting schedules to you your local climate.
  • Increased the plot area on mobile devices (so you can see more of your plot on your phone / tablet).
  • A number of performance improvements (particularly on mobiles and tablets)

VegPlotter provides a unique and useful facility that makes planning and managing any vegetable patch / kitchen garden or allotment simpler. We know it can help people to grow their own food, whether beginner or seasoned allotment holder. We hope you will enjoy your new freedom to plan away.

Richard (and the rest of the VegPlotter Team)

P.s. We would love to hear from you and would welcome any feedback / suggestions. Please use the suggestions box below or contact us here or through our social media channels.

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