Advent of Code, Day 1: Picking a Project

I’ve wanted to do Advent of Code for a few years, but I just can’t get excited about random puzzles. Not knocking all the folks involved in it–more power to you! It just isn’t for me. So I haven’t participated.

Last week while flipping through a seed catalog to figure out what I’m going to plan in my garden next year, I had an idea: I want to build a plant starting/harvesting calendar for my garden. Building that will be my own Advent of Code project this year.

Today was Day 1, planning day.


Plant Gantt. Amanda came up with it and it is perfect. A gantt chart for plants.


  1. Build an interactive planting/harvesting calendar for vegetables.
  2. Deploy my own Ember app with a user login system on something like EmberFire
  3. Beef up on my D3 and Ember skills.
  4. Use Tailwind for the first time
  5. Make progress every day.


  • Ability to add a plant name, seed start date, days to maturity, and pick a label color for it.
  • Visualize the plant’s growing period on a 52 week calendar
  • See the current day marked across the full calendar
  • Ability to hover over a plant and see how long it has been growing and how long left until harvest
  • Ability to create an account and save your calendar
  • Ability to print the calendar you created
  • Ability to create multiple calendars with unique names

I may not get this done in 25 days, but I intend to make progress every day. It will be tough with the month ahead: Two out of state trips, moving into our new house, and holiday parties. I’ll carve out time every day to get some work done, though.

Today’s progress

  1. Picked a name and got a domain
  2. Planned out the features and my goals for the project
  3. Set up the git repo and basic Ember app
  4. Install add-ons: ember-d3, ember-cli-tailwind

Tomorrow’s goal

  • Figure out the basics of the D3 gantt-style chart

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2 responses to “Advent of Code, Day 1: Picking a Project”

  1. Chuck Grimmett Avatar

    2018: Learning spoon carving…

    2019: Plant Gantt…

    2020: Woodturning Christmas ornaments…

    2021: Making a generative art project for fxhash

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