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Gardening Help From Your PC

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, April 13, 2000

Put down the shovel and pick up your mouse. Gardening help from your PC. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a ThirdAge.com report on computers and technology. One of the pleasures of gardening is how low tech it is. The fresh air, the birds, your hands in the soil. Okay, wash them off, boot up your PC and load in a program called Complete LandDesigner 6.0 from Sierra Home...

"It has a total of six products included. LandDesigner 3D, Photo Garden Designer, the Ortho Home Gardener's Problem Solver, Personal Garden Planner, Garden Encyclopedia and 3D Deck."

Sierra Home's Kerrie Foss. I find the Garden Encyclopedia on CD ROM easier to use than a book. You can search among the three thousand listed plants for the varieties that match your growing zone, soil conditions and such and then print the list out. How will they look around your house?

"One of the best features of the product is actually you can scan in a photo of your home and simply drag and drop plants, new fences, etcetera, all around, before actually doing a thing."

You can see how those plants will look in the various seasons and as they mature. You can even virtually walk through your garden...

"With your mouse you simply can move around within the design and see what that will look like."

It can't let you smell the flowers. At least not yet. The price, after a rebate, is under fifty dollars. You can find us on the web at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.