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Post  jimmy cee on 2/12/2017, 12:33 pm

Do you know of a computer program that can be used to design a new garden ?
I'd like to make a drawing of the present landscape, fence with surrounding ground, then add elevated raised beds to the drawing. I would like to try to make it as professional as possible, given my limited ability.
Just a project to take up some idle time and learning as I go.
A free or pay for is ok, however I really don't want to get into those Adobe prices.
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Post  CitizenKate on 2/12/2017, 12:49 pm

M$ Office Visio is a great tool for making all kinds of drawings and diagrams. If you don't want to pay the $13/mo. to use that, there are open source versions from Open Office and Libre Office that you can download and use for free.

If you have some computer drawing skills, you can also download and use an illustration program (very similar to Adobe Illustrator) called Inkscape, also for free.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 2/12/2017, 1:36 pm

Jimmy,

At least several seed companies now offer computerized garden-planning programs.

se one by www.growveg.com, offered by Territorial Seeds.  You can add fences, garden structures, sheds, raised beds, etc., etc., and it even has an SFG mode!

There's an initial free trial, then it's $25 per year (although I think the price just went up slightly).

Highly recommended!
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/12/2017, 2:58 pm

This will be where my new beds will live. There is much more on each side of this photo. Elevated around 2 feet with 8 inch sides, using existing fences for climbing trellises. I wont go over three feet wide for they will only be accessed from one side  They will be 10 foot long beds with around 20 or so inches between sections.  4 x 4 posts will support each corner with 2 post for middle support. A toll / storage shed will be close by as will a small glass house for seedlings in spring.
This is basically what my plans are for now..Things do change though, rather quickly, how I know that one..


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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/12/2017, 4:04 pm

Google Sketchup is a great free program. Like a Star @ heaven

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Post  CitizenKate on 2/12/2017, 5:52 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:This will be where my new beds will live. There is much more on each side of this photo. Elevated around 2 feet with 8 inch sides, using existing fences for climbing trellises. I wont go over three feet wide for they will only be accessed from one side  They will be 10 foot long beds with around 20 or so inches between sections...
Wow, you're going to be busy this year. Looks like a great place for some more beds to go.

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Post  CitizenKate on 2/12/2017, 5:53 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:Google Sketchup is a great free program. Like a Star @ heaven
Oh yeah, I was going to mention Sketchup, but forgot. That is a great program.
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/12/2017, 6:07 pm

@CitizenKate wrote:Wow, you're going to be busy this year.  Looks like a great place for some more beds to go.

I probably won't get at any building this year as I have a lot to do 300 miles away.
Even if I could at least get one bed going for garlic..our family loves garlic and eats lots of it.
It's so much fun though thinking and planning
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/13/2017, 8:38 am

@RoOsTeR wrote:Google Sketchup is a great free program. Like a Star @ heaven
After loading Google's sketchup, I picked up a bunch of extras that I did not want so I unloaded it.
I need to find these items and get rid of them...Going to try inkscape. Will check on youtubes offerings first to see how they work and if I like them.
Not a problem, just gives me more experience on computer and I sure enjoy that.
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Land! I see lots and lots of land! Oh, I forgot, most of you members have more than a postage stamp. Wink

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Post  Mellen on 2/13/2017, 10:55 pm

Hi Jimmy C.  It's good to see you on the forum.  This is the program I use:  http://gardenplanner.motherearthnews.com/gardenplanner/gardenplanner.html#

It's a paid program but they do let you try it out.  I like it because it has SFG as well are regular.  You plan your garden on a graph paper.  It has 100's plants, soft & hard-scape, etc.  

Good luck & have fun!
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/14/2017, 4:21 pm

I have decided on Inkscape, seems to have about everything I need and truthfully, I have no idea  what I need, how to do it, etc etc. I will love the experience as I love learning new tasks
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