As a gardener, the beginning of February is always exciting for me. I flip through seed catalogs and click through websites, gawking at seeds I lack the money to buy & room to grow. I take stock of what’s already growing in my garden and immediately visit SproutRobot to see what I can possibly grow in the upcoming season. That’s what I did this morning and was given a blank white page. Since I’m a Time Warner Cable customer, the inability to reach a web page isn’t new or earth-shattering. Then I saw this tweet from yesterday:
@sproutrobot where are you? I use your website for my work (a campus Tips blog), and I can’t find you anymore! 😦
— Kimi Crombie (@KACrombie) February 2, 2015
I started using SproutRobot in March of 2012. I needed a weather-proof way of keeping track of my planting schedule and I wanted something that would allow me to forgo thinking too hard about what goes into the ground and when. I’ve mentioned using them several times on my Tumblr site. You can see posts here and here for why I enjoyed using the site. I loved the fact that the site told me when to start seeds indoors, as that has always been my one failure. I really liked the hand-drawn graphics for planting depths and sunlight/water needs. I like that there was a journal on the site that allowed me to remember which brand of seeds didn’t set right, weather fluctuations and if I liked or didn’t like a particular variety I planted. I won’t pretend I was consistent with using the site. February, May, September were the 3 times of year I made sure to use the site. I could have been more consistent with it.
To be completely selfish about it, I hope that the site is just down for whatever reason (a redesign?!). The lack of movement on the other social media sites indicate that it’s probably not that. I feel kind of bad for not noticing the lack of updates. We’ve all heard, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” That is certainly half true here. I knew what I had, I just wish I had been alerted that it would go away, even if only for a few days. If SproutRobot is actually gone for good, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work for making such a wonderfully useful site. There are several gardening sites online geared toward planning and plotting your seasonal garden. Not a single one can compare to what SproutRobot offered.
I did reach out to the creator of SproutRobot, but have yet to hear back from him. If I do, I’ll be sure to update.