Drag and Drop Garden Planner

Looking for a simple tool to plan a square-foot garden? Try my new drag-and-drop garden planner! You’ll need the latest Flash plugin for your browser. Each plant icon shows several phases of growth (optimized for US zones 5-6):

  • The colored dots show you how many to plant in one square foot. So, one eggplant per square foot, four lettuce plants, or sixteen carrots. The garden bed ix 4’x4′.
  • Click on each month to see what stage of growth the plants should have. When you see the seeds, for example, it’s time to plant the seeds out in the garden.
  • Most plants keep growing until October…though that will vary depending on when you get your first frost, and whether you cover your plants or not.

Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome!

Garden Planner
Click image to begin gardening!
This is a very simple tool. If you are looking for something more fully-featured, check out http://www.growveg.com/ , which is the tool I’d dreamed of building…but someone else did first! UPDATE 3-21-12: Gardener’s Supply has a really nice one, too, and it’s free.


  1. Robyn M. said,

    February 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    * gasp * gasp * gasp * gasp *


    this is MADE OF AWESOME!!!!

    Thank you very much.

  2. zora naki said,

    February 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

    this is great! what a neat way to visualize the square-foot garden over the growing season!
    just a few suggestions: could you add more squares of each vegetable and a button to return them to the original colour blocks? also, the peas grow nicely up until June and then they disappear until August.

  3. Emily said,

    February 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm


    Good suggestions! I will try to incorporate them (someday…soon…when I have time…)

    About the peas: peas are a cool weather crop, so what you’re seeing is actually two separate crops of pea plants. By early July, they are done with the spring crop, so you pull them out. If you want a fall crop, you replant later in the season.

  4. Amber said,

    February 19, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    That was fun thanks!

  5. rebecca77 said,

    February 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    That is amazing! Can you make one for the Southern Hemisphere – ie Victoria, Australian which is a temperate area? Great work!

  6. Donna said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! What a great tool & fun way to visualize the garden! This is the first time I’ve been on your blog and I’m adding it to my favorites.

  7. Daisy said,

    March 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

    That was pretty cool… Thanks for sharing!

  8. Bhupesh Mohan said,

    April 21, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Your stuff is really wonderful,
    I am having some scenario, This I want to do drag and drop using javascript in the dynamic environment, Can you please tell me some of the Logics that I can achieve?

    Would be Appreciated!!!!

    With Advance Thanks
    Bhupesh Mohan.

  9. Emily said,

    April 21, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Bhupesh – I used Flash for this; I’m afraid I can’t help you with Javascript. Best of luck with your project! – Emily

  10. Heather said,

    January 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    HOW DID I MISS THIS????!!!

  11. Maggie said,

    January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Awesome! I had a shareware program like this years ago but lost the copy and the link to the download.

  12. Joan Bailey said,

    January 31, 2009 at 9:11 am

    This looks amazing and like so much fun!

  13. Nichole said,

    March 13, 2009 at 8:17 am

    OH. MY. GOSH.!!!! You are AWESOME!!! This is the best!!!

  14. Nichole said,

    March 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Hello, I was trying to use the planner and for some reason it wont load. any ideas? I was so looking forward to using it.. 😦


  15. Nichole said,

    March 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    yes, Its working again! thanks!

  16. km said,

    May 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I clicked on the image, but it says the acorn account has been deactivated. Bummer. 😦

  17. December 9, 2009 at 6:42 am

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  18. Michele said,

    February 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Was not able to access Pantry Planner Spreadsheet

  19. Jim said,

    March 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Some of you may also be interested in the Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator http://www.landshareco.org/ for more serious garden or farm planning. It isn’t a drag & drop layout program, but offers a lot that some of the other programs don’t. It can be used for Biointensive methods, Square Foot, or traditional. It also has three skill levels, garden or farm versions, the ability to enter how many people you want to feed and how much you want to feed each person per week. Plus it has succession planting and intercropping. We used it to plan our micro-farm and CSA and it worked great. I also use it for my 10’x10′ home garden.

  20. wellwords2 said,

    May 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    The growveg tool was really great – I liked your’s too – but the harvesting schedule they make is really great… 🙂 Thanks for the link! I had looked everywhere for a tool, but couldn’t find anything..

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