As a personal project I decided to take a few months to design and develop a web app to keep track of the produce I was growing. Other web applications existed that served a similar purpose but nothing offered a usable interface and the specific feature set I required.
I needed to keep track of quantities, keep notes on produce items, plan for coming seasons, and make the best possible use of what I produce by keeping a recipe book. Quickly I noticed that it would suit a social application, which would pull information from around the web such as prices from supermarkets, descriptions from Wikipedia & recipes from Big Oven.
The My Patch section keeps track of everything, users can add updates and pictures of their growing progress, keep track of everything they have grown in the past with notes and details of harvesting quantities, the application will then hook up with Supermarket API’s to pull in live prices, showing the user how much they have saved over time. A garden planner allows users to make the most successful use of the space they have available to them.
There is a community editable Wiki of all the possible produce that can be grown, with nice little additions such as a quick view Sow, Plant and Harvest data and a fact-sheet providing the most important information users will require whilst again pulling in pricing information from major Supermarkets.
The final section allows users to add any recipes they wish to be shared with the community. Users can add and bookmark recipes or choose to share on any networks they may have connected such as Facebook or Twitter.
OurPatch never managed to make it into development but you can play around with a mockup on a subdomain of my main site, just hit login to access the app designs Visit OurPatch.