Tuesday, February 15, 2011

groOrganic Garden Planner Review and Giveaway


And, the winner is:

Congrats to:  Ruth J.

I can't wait until next weekend -- the CT Flower Show will be held in Hartford, CT.  My husband and I look forward to going each year, as it is a sign that winter is almost over, and soon the tulips and other perrenials will be blooming.  Right now, as I am typing this, I am still looking at a backyard full of snow -- which, looks like it will take weeks to melt.  But, in the coming days, we will be spoiled on the East Coast with 45-50 degree weather.  Some may think this is still cold, but to us New Englanders, it is like Indian Summer.  We'll take it.  While I will be basking in the warm weather, my home will have a handful of contractors inside, cleaning up and drying out water logged walls, and fixing damage done from ice dams and water leaks caused by storm after storm of heavy wet snow that accumulated on our roof, and had no where else to go, but inside.

So, yes, I will be enjoying not only the warmer weather, but the flowers and smells at the CT Flower Show.  Each year, I come away with visions of a new garden layout, as well as a few plants in hand, which I keep out of the elements, until it is time to plant in the early summer.  

It was not until recently that I was made aware of groOrganic.com.  This website offers various services for gardeners, including an online garden planner.  I jumped at the opportunity to try out this service for 30 days, and I am so glad that I did.  Not only was it easy to use and navigate, but it helps you choose the appropriate plants based on your zone.  How great is this?  In the past, I have bought plants from catalogs, that didn't even last a month. This summer I will have my new garden layout in hand, ready to go to the local greenhouses to pick up the plants to bring my design to life.  I can't wait.  

If you love gardening, or want to add a little more color to your landscape this year, check out groOrganic.com today.  

Check out all the features that are available to you, once you sign up for a Garden Planner Account: 

  • Growing information: Just click for full details of how to grow each plant, where to position them, etc.
  • Number of Plants: Clearly shown by the number at the top of each plant square
  •  Personalized Planting Chart: You get a chart showing when each plant will be planted and harvested. Our advanced system works out the dates for your own area.
  • Reminder Emails: You can have emails sent reminding you what needs planting in your garden (optional)
  • Easy Crop Rotation: The Garden Planner remembers each year's crops and advises where to place them next year
  • Succession Planting: See which crops will follow others and view your plan for each month of the year
  • Add Notes: Like a garden journal you can add notes on how each plant did
  •  Intuitive Use: Works just like software you are familiar with, including features such as copy and paste
  • Tutorial Videos: Quick built-in videos show you just what you need to know to get the most out of the software

I am a novice gardener, so all the help I can get, in order to have a successful planting season is greatly appreciated.  And, I get the help and guidance I need, all with a membership to groOrganic.  

More about GroOrganic:
groOrganic is a family of companies committed to cultivating healthy lifestyles in every community we serve. Our passionate and dedicated team of Certified groOrganic Gardeners offers their personal pledge of excellence. We believe there IS an economical, healthy way to eat organically. We can provide that and the sense of self sufficiency for you and your family. We can help you grow organic produce in your own backyard! 

groOrganic supports small American businesses and we proudly offer superior merchandise from only the best suppliers. Our promise is to support the local business community by first seeking out custom hand-built and hand-painted products from local contractors and artists.

Our Association offers a diverse gardening curriculum for adults, children, and those with special needs who can benefit from our educational and horticultural therapy programs. Association Memberships include a personal login to the groOrganic Garden Planner, our garden design and maintenance software. When equipped with the Garden Planner, succesful gardening is just a click away.

Whether you live in a house or apartment, you can enjoy the benefits of organic gardening. Our custom-built raised planters and space-saving container organic gardens are designed to give you the advantage of incorporating vegetable gardens into your landscape, patio, or balcony. You can grow organic food in limited space with our help.


I am so happy to offer one lucky reader an opportunity to win a 30-day trial to try out groOrganic's garden planner for themselves.  All you have to do is complete my MANDATORY ENTRY, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Good luck, and happy gardening!

MANDATORY ENTRY: What is your favorite flower/plant to grow? (Make sure to include your email address in your comment)

Extra Entries: (Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email (2 entries)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 5 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win 30 day groOrganic garden planner trial @rmccoy1234
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9) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day)

Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on February 23, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner

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  1. This is great! I have dabbled a bit in gardening but beyond bulbs and a few annuals, I am pretty clueless. I am definitely going to look at this as I am interested in getting a garden that is as maintenance free as possible!

  2. I didn't enter my favorite flower or plant to grow because beyond the basics, I need some serious help! I really do love daffodils, though. I think it's because of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original version) where he picks the flower of the daffodil and sips something from it as if it were a tea cup!

  3. I love growing tomatoes! They are relatively easy and always yield a pretty good crop so everyone can pick some.
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  4. I subscribe to your email. #1
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  5. I subscribe to your email. #2
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  6. I like you on FB. Ruth J.
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  7. I like Inspired by Savannah on FB. #1
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  8. I like Inspired by Savannah on FB. #3
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  9. I like Inspired by Savannah on FB. Ruth J. #4
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  10. Quick question...is the company offering any discounts to you readers? Have a friend that would like to sign up.