This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Skippy's garden spring planting calendar app

Our app was approved for sale (martini's all around!) and is listed now at the Apple Store. The app's official name is "Skippy's Garden Spring Planting Calendar". Here's a link: Skippy's Spring Calendar app

Thanks very much to all who helped to test it!! Purchase of the app is $1.99 and will include all updates for the season. I welcome comments on the app here.
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Description: An easy-to-use app that creates a personalized seed-sowing calendar based on the average last frost date in your garden.

The app is a mobile device version of the on-line Spring Planting Calendar that is linked to on my sidebar and has been there for over 5 years now. (It's used by about 10,000 people a year!) The advantage of the app over the on-line calendar is that the readout can be always with you on your mobile device and you save paper by never needing to print it out. Once set-up, the app saves your calendar and can open to the current date showing tasks that need to be done that week. The app also allows crop selection and includes transplant and succession plating dates.

Purchase of the app will include all updates for the season. Updates planned include the addition of several more vegetables and the addition of a reminder function.
Please leave comments here on how you like the app and suggestions for improvements. We are excited to build on this version. Our plans include adding an android version. Adding Fall and Winter calendars. Increasing functionality such as specific crop culture information. Let us know what else would be useful.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's there!

March 07, 2015 9:23 AM

Anonymous Dana K said...

It's there! I'm downloading now.

March 07, 2015 9:29 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Where? I can't find it.

March 07, 2015 10:36 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I finally found it by looking under "Skippy apps" and then scrolling down to the bottom. It doesn't come up by searching for the apps full name. Not under gardening either. We will have to do something about that. I will figure out how to link it to the banner on my side bar.

March 07, 2015 10:48 AM

Anonymous Dana K said...

I searched "Skippy's garden" and found it.

March 07, 2015 11:08 AM

Blogger Lady of LaMancha said...


March 07, 2015 2:38 PM

Blogger MIchaeldg said...

Hi Kathy,
Downloaded and installed on my ipad. Working great, seems to have detected my location and assigned the correct growing zone (unless it defaults to zone 6 which is yours and also mine here in Connecticut).
Thanks for the nifty app! (have you thought of developing one for crop rotation through raised beds)?

March 08, 2015 3:48 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I think the default is May 10, which is the date for our area.

Crop rotation is a great idea! Thanks! I would find this very useful.

March 08, 2015 5:31 PM

Anonymous Stacey said...

Kathy, I'm just north of you in Chelmsford and got your app. I've enjoyed your blog for awhile. I know my to do list now. Need to plant those onion seeds that came in the mail last week. Thanks

March 09, 2015 11:46 AM

Blogger kathy said...

If any app user have time to post a review at the Apple site it would be super! No reviews yet, but super sales.

March 09, 2015 8:50 PM

Blogger Tisa Wenger said...

Kathy, I downloaded the app a few days ago and really love it-- very user-friendly. I especially appreciate having the fall and winter garden calendars integrated, since we had our first winter garden last year and it was a great success. I needed a better way to keep track of the timing on everything!

I do have one suggestion for the next update. There are a few things I'm growing that your app doesn't include, such as parsnips, upland cress, and some winter greens (mizuna, mache, claytonia...). So I'd love to see an update that either a) includes more herbs, flowers, vegetables, or b) better yet, since you're unlikely to cover everyone's full list, allows users to add in their own additional crops. Think that's possible?

June 02, 2015 8:50 AM

Blogger kathy said...


I'm really glad the calendar is useful for you. The update released this week had some good format improvements too.

Thanks for the ideas for additional crops. Parsnips are on the calendar already. Two weeks before last frost. That's the same date for a fall planting. I'll talk with my coder Amelia if it's possible for people to add their own crops. This would be good as do many varieties can be different. Interesting idea. Aside from this, I am hoping to get a full separate calendar for herbs and for flowers by next year. Winter greens are a great idea too.


June 03, 2015 12:34 AM


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