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I'm trying to create something to help people grow better, and using sustainable/regenerative methods.  I'd appreciate feedback on my creation:  https://www.growculture.net/plan

Target beneficiaries:
- New growers, who don't know what to do or when to do it.
- Intermediate growers, who sometimes forget or don't know about some helpful things they could do.  (this is me!)

Books/Blogs/Videos/et al are all great, but they're often too generic, or too technical, when it comes to timing and climate consideration, requiring the reader to adjust/translate for themselves.  A new gardener in a dry climate may not know how to discern what may not apply to them that was targeted to a wetter climate.

I appreciate any feedback.
 
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that would be helpful, question would it be set up to put in either zones or zipcodes?
 
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I was very impressed!  And particularly fascinated to learn the other places in the world with similar climate!
 
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Hester Winterbourne wrote:I was very impressed!  And particularly fascinated to learn the other places in the world with similar climate!



Agreed, the climate analogue is a potentially great feature.  It would be very interesting to see that  output plotted as a global map.  Not sure how hard that would be to do.  Imagine if you could turn on and off variables like temperatures, rain, frost dates.  Just dreaming here a little about how to find our global doppelganger sites.
 
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Thanks for the replies/input/ideas!  Here are some responses:

that would be helpful, question would it be set up to put in either zones or zipcodes?



Good question.  I've gone down the route of using city/towns as the 'anchor' point for climate data, planning, etc.  And then used the K√∂ppen-Geiger climate classification to group similar climates across 29 unique climate characteristics.  (eg, tropical Savannah, cold with hot summers, etc).  I've stayed away from USDA hardiness zones and Zipcodes since those are not ubiquitous across the globe, and it is a priority to me to make a resource that has global applicability.

I was very impressed!  And particularly fascinated to learn the other places in the world with similar climate!



Thanks!  This is foundational to the tool I seek to build.  I want to learn helpful, regenerative, sustainable growing practices, specific and applicable to my climate, and learned from practitioners around the globe.  

I've been troubled when I visit developing countries and see them abandon their traditional and sustainable agricultural practices for 'western' industrial methods that are destructive to their natural resources.  These people are only a smartphone away if we can provide and structure the tools for them to learn and share sustainable practices.

I'm not sure this current tool is the solution to that problem, but it's an experiment that hopefully leads to better tools.

Agreed, the climate analogue is a potentially great feature.  It would be very interesting to see that  output plotted as a global map.  Not sure how hard that would be to do.  Imagine if you could turn on and off variables like temperatures, rain, frost dates.  Just dreaming here a little about how to find our global doppelganger sites.



Thanks for the suggestion!  This would be an interesting visual.  I'll give it some thought on what it would take to accomplish this.  I am trying get climate classification data into practitioner hands, and it will be very interesting to hear what people do with it.

 
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I left a note on the website, the climate analog really didn't work for me, 3 zones different will really affect what can be grown!
 
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