Plots on the map
Plot your plot on Google maps
Plan your plot
Your personal veg. calendar
Keep notes on everything you do

Plan your vegetable plot, drawing beds and planting crops, with helpful hints on good rotation.

Generate your personalised vegetable calendar based on your plan.

Keep notes on when you plant, cultivate, harvest, etc. so you can learn from previous years' sucesses.

Step 1 Plot your plot on Google maps

Plots on the map
Before you can begin planning your plot, you need to put it on the map. If you choose to, you can show your plot and your username on the map of plots on the Allotmentor homepage.

Step 1.1 - Getting started

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Step 1.2 - Plot details

Plot details
  • Give your plot a name (this will be shown if you choose to show your plot on the public map)
  • If you are part of an association or community garden, click Choose your association to specify it. If it's not listed, you can add it in the same way that you add a plot.
  • Ticking Show plot on the map will show your plot location and name on the Allotmentor homepage Plots map.
  • Ticking Show your username will mean your username (not real name or email address) is visible on the Allotmentor homepage Plots map.

Step 1.3 - Finding your plot

Fine by postcode
  • Type a place name or postcode into the box and click Find or double click and drag to zoom in and show your plot as large as possible while still fitting in the window.
  • You may find it helpful to switch between Map and Satellite views.

Step 1.5 - Drawing your plot

Find by postcode
  • Click the Polygon button to begin drawing the boundary of your plot.
  • Click with your mouse (or tap your finger on a tablet) on each corner, finishing by clicking on the point where you started.
  • Your plot will be shown in grey. Drag the white markers to adjust individual 'corners' or drag the flag to move the whole plot.
  • When you're happy, click Add plot button.
  • Congratulations! You're ready to start planning your plot.

Step 2 Getting started with the planner

Saved plot
Now that you have put your plot on the map, you can begin adding beds and 'planting' crops.

Step 2.1 - Launching

  • Click the Plan button button to open the Planner

Step 2.2 - The planner

Planner ready to go
The Planner contains tools organised into a number of distinct areas
  • Control buttons include Plan button which centers and zooms the planner so you can see your whole plot.
  • We will use the Crop Selection area when adding crops
  • The Year tabs allow you to quickly move through plans for past and future years. Years for which a plan already exists are highlighted in white and the year currently being planned is in green. In this case, the year being shown is 2012 but a plan only exists for 2013.
  • You use the View tabs to switch between planning and your personalised crop calendar.
You're now ready to start Adding a bed.

Step 3 Adding a bed

Step 3.1 - Draw your bed

Drawing a bed
In the Allotmentor Planner, crops are 'planted' on beds. If you are growing in raised beds anyway, this will seem natural to you - just draw on your beds and you're ready to start planting. If you grow in rows, you may just want to draw one big bed, corresponding to the whole area you grow on. Alternatively, if you follow a three, four or five year rotation, you might find it useful to split your big bed into the number of years of your rotation.
  • Click on the Draw bed button button
  • As you did when drawing your plot, click at the corners of where you would like your bed to appear, finishing by clicking where you began.

Step 3.2 - Adjust if necessary

Bed drawn
  • Drag any of the white corner markers to adjust a side - lengths are shown in m
  • Drag the Bed marker marker to move the whole bed
  • Double click on a Bed marker marker to zoom in on that bed which may make it easier to size it exactly as you wish

Step 3.3 - Give your bed a name

Bed name
Beds are automatically numbered in the order you draw them but you can easily give them a more meaningful name:

  • Click the Edit bed button.
  • Bed rename
  • In the Edit Bed dialogue box, give your bed a new name and click the Bed save button button.
  • You're now ready to start Planting a crop.

Step 4 Planting a crop

Step 4.1 - Choose a crop

Beginning to add a crop
  • If your bed is not already selected, select it by clicking on the Bed marker marker. The Crop Selection area will become active, showing pictures of all the crops you can 'plant'.
  • Click on the picture of the crop you would like to add to select it:
    • You can scroll through the list of crops using the Scroll button buttons.
    • You can filter list of crops by typing any part of a crop's name in the search box - the list of crops will narrow as you type.
    • Filter crop list

Step 4.2 - Choose a cultivar

Add crop options
When you click on the crop, a box will pop up giving you a number of options:
  • You can choose which cultivar you wish to add from the Cultivar chooser list - the default is simply the name of the crop you are adding so you can just click OK button button to continue.
  • Alternatively, if your cultivar is not listed, you can add your own cultivar by entering its name and an optional description - this will be added to the list opf cultivars available to all Allotmentor users.
  • Finally, if you would like to just fill the whole bed you have selected with a cultivar from the list or one you are adding yourself, tick the Fill whole bed with this cultivar box.
  • Click OK button button to continue and start drawing your crop.

Step 4.3 - Draw your crop

Drawing crop
You will notice that the map automatically zooms in on the bed you selected to make it easier to draw your crop.
  • As with drawing your plot and a bed, you draw your crop by clicking at the corners of the area where you want your crop to appear, clicking on the point where you started to complete it.
  • You can resize and/or rename it just as you do with a bed

Step 5 Automatically generate your personalised vegetable calendar

Instructions coming soon!

Step 6 Keep notes about beds and crops throughout the season

Instructions coming soon on sdding notes on exactly what you did and when you did it

Step 7 Advanced techniques

Instructions coming soon on:
  • Crop rotation
  • Copying beds from year to year
  • Embedding your plan in your own website or blog
  • Adding an unlisted crop
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