Demo

“I’ve enjoyed it and it’s been especially helpful as a new farmer.” J. B. in PA

“Good program.” J.P in KY

Try out a limited demo version of the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator. The demo is limited to SIX crops (three cool weather and three hot weather) and cannot save or print. To get full access to the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator, sign up for a subscription. Please read the instructions below before using the demo so that you can get the most of out of the experience.

After you’ve played with this demo you may want to look at our Template Use protocol to see how you would translate a Calculator plan to on-the-ground implementation.

Click here to try the demo.

Instructions for Demo:

For this Demo you are only going to create calculations for the following crops: Arugula, Beets & greens, Bok Choi, Basil, Beans and Cauliflower. You will be able to track how much space you are using as you fill in the input fields and the demo will calculate how much of each crop you will plant and when you will plant your various successions. You will also be able to project retail sales for the six crops. In the real version of the calculator (but not in this Demo) you will also be able to fill in Row Templates so that you can map out your crops and planting successions.

Here are a few basic things you need to know to fill out the Calculator:

After you have filled in each input section scroll to the top of the page and click “update calculations.”
The Calculator does not accept fractions, you must use decimals.
Dates must be input as mm/dd/yyyy.
Date calculations for crops that you will not grow and thus do not input data for, will be rendered as “1/1/1900”, or some other irrelevant date, please ignore these.

Basic Information: Light green Section
# of persons to feed: Input the actual total number of persons you are providing for.
Total number of rows: Input the total number of rows in your garden or farm.
Row Width (in): Input the width of your rows in inches. If your rows vary in width input the average width of all your rows.
Frost Date: Input the average last frost date in your area.
Garden End Date: Input the date when you will have your final harvest before your winter prep. You must input a date here or some calculations will not function.

Basic Information (Orange section):

Most of the fields in orange in the Basic Information section will be generated when you fill in other sections of the calculator. These fields indicate how much land you will use in order to cultivate the amount of produce you need given your skill level.
As you input information about the crops you plan to grow in other sections of the calculator you will want to periodically check this section to track how much of your available space you have “used”.

After you have filled in the Basic Information section scroll to the top of the page and click “update calculations.”

Row Length Inputs:

If you have rows of varying length, there are up to 45 rows available in the Row Length Input section of the calculator for you to fill in each row length

After you have filled in this section scroll to the top of the page and click “update calculations.”

Crop Inputs:

For each crop in the crop input sections of the calculator, you will fill in the following:

# lbs/wk per person: This is the amount of each crop that you want to provide to each person per week. The calculator recognizes decimals not fractions.
# lbs/wk retail sales: This column is only open to input in the Farm version of the calculator. If you are using the garden version you will not be able to input anything into this column

For Cold Weather Crops:
# of wks of harvest in early part of season (Orange header): Input the number of weeks you want to harvest a particular crop in the early part of the season, BEFORE the hottest part of the summer when many cold weather crops do not do well.
Succession Interval in early part of season (Orange header): Input the interval at which you will harvest each crop in the early part of the season. If weekly, input 7, if bi-weekly input 14.
# of wks of harvest in late part of season (Yellow header): Input the number of weeks you want to harvest a particular crop in the later part of the season, AFTER the hottest part of the summer when many cold weather crops do not do well.
Succession Interval in late part of season (Yellow header): Input the interval at which you will harvest each crop in the later part of the season. Please see the previous examples.
2nd planting date in later part of season (Yellow header): Input the date at which you are going to plant each crop for the later season harvest, AFTER the hottest part of the summer when many cold weather crops do not do well. Many seed companies will specify when later season cold weather crops can be sown.
Ave # of days to Harv: Use seed packet information for inputting the average number of days to harvest for each crop.

For Hot Weather Crops:
Ave # of days to Harv: In this section you will input the “in-ground” average number of days to harvest. Use seed packet information for number of days to maturation for direct sowing of seed in the ground for each crop.

If you are transplanting seedlings into the ground you will input the number of days to harvest from the point that the seedling is transplanted into the ground.

After you have filled in this section scroll to the top of the page and click “update calculations.” Now check the orange box in the Basic Information section at the top of the calculator to see how much space you have left or to make sure you have not used up more than the space you have.

Crop Row Planting Information

The input values used in the Crop Inputs section of the calculator are used to calculate the planting information for each crop in this section. The following planting information is generated to assist you in basic planting and in orchestrating your planting successions.

Plant Spacing
Total Row Feet: This calculation tells you the total number of row feet you will need to plant of each crop over the entire season.
Row Feet/wk (for Cold Weather Crops only): This calculation tells you the approximate number of row feet you will need to plant of each crop per week.
Total # of plants sown
Plants sown per week (for Cold Weather Crops only)
Annual Yield in lbs (for Hot Weather Crops only)

Crop Planting and Harvest Date Information:

The input values used in the Cold Weather Crop Inputs section of the calculator are used to calculate the planting and harvest date information for each crop in this section

# of days to harvest
# of weeks to harvest
Standard # of days of harvest: (for Hot Weather Crops only)
1st plant date : This calculation indicates when you will plant your first, early season, weekly succession of each crop.
1st harvest: This calculation indicates approximately when you can expect your first harvest of each cold weather crop in the early part of the season.
Final Harvest: This calculation indicates approximately when you can expect your final harvest of each crop in the early part of the season.
1st harvest: This calculation indicates approximately when you can expect your first harvest of each cold weather crop in the later part of the season.
Final Harvest: This calculation indicates approximately when you can expect your final harvest of each crop in the later part of the season.
# of days of harvest (for Hot Weather Crops only) This calculation gives you an approximate total number of days that you might expect to harvest each hot weather crop when you are using a Garden End Date.
# of days of harvest: This calculation gives you an approximate total number of days that you might expect to harvest each cold weather crop succession.

Seed Amount Information: This section calculates how much seed you will need

Retail Sales Calculator:

The Retail Sales Calculator is used by market gardeners and farmers to project the amount of sales per week of harvest and the total sales for the season. You will now need to input the prices/lb that you will sell each crop for and then scroll to the top of the page and click “update calculations.”