Q. I have a garden area of 90,000 square feet (over 2 acres) and when I try to fill it up with plants the Garden Master program won’t take all the plants. It says “unable to insert a line,” and if I persist it comes back with “is not a valid integer value.” What can I do to plan a very large garden?
A. Dr. Ron Guymon and his programmers, who created the Garden Master, have researched this problem and found the following: “The garden size issue is due to memory allocation protocol used in Windows 9x (including 95, 98, and ME). Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this problem without a major overhaul and even that’s not certain — it’s the same problem you get when trying to run any large C++ program under these earlier versions of Windows. It is for this reason that many companies including Sun are dropping Windows 9x support. Since your custom version of the CD allows multiple gardens, larger gardens may need to be broken up if users are running Windows 95, 98, or ME.” According to Dr. Guymons instructions above, if you are running on Windows 95, 98, or ME, I recommend you just make something like 4 – ½ acre garden plots out of your two acre garden area. This may well work to your advantage anyway, as you will then have a more manageable sized-126 beds in each of 4 gardens. Success to you.