Sprout Robot jump starts home gardens with a simple web interface. Type in their zip code and what vegetables and fruits you want to grow and Sprout Robot creates a personalized planting calendar for your the area. Users have a choice of signing up for the free version of the site or one of the premium options, which will send them seeds. The premium options run from $20 a year for three seed varieties to $70 a year for 10 seed varieties. If a user chooses the free version they will receive planting reminders.
Although Sprout Robot is only available for U.S. users, the owners plan expand the site to Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Sprout Robot other goals include:
- Coordinating with master gardeners all over the world to get the best possible gardening info into the site
- Translating the site into Spanish (and eventually other languages)
- Adding easy comic-style gardening instructions for vegetables
- Building Facebook integration
Currently, Sprout Robot is conducting a fund drive to raise money. Time will tell if it will succeed, but it seems the time is ripe for it. From Michelle Obama’s famous White House garden to community gardens, gardening is all the rage in the U.S. these days. According to a survey by the Garden Writers of American, 38 percent of Americans had a vegetable garden in 2009, and 37 percent plan to expand. Last year, George Bell, chairman of W. Atlee Burpee, said seed sales were increasing. “It’s weird to have everyone else you talk to experiencing plunging markets. We’re on a roll,” Bell said.