No Green Thumb? Log on to These Great Gardening Apps

Published On May 29, 2013 | Green Tech

Nowadays, you don’t have to be an expert gardener to design, plant and maintain a beautiful garden. Modern technology allows even amateur gardeners to create amazing landscapes with the help of their tablets or smartphones. With these gardening apps, users can learn everything from determining ideal soil conditions to understanding indigenous plants.

Using an App to Learn About Gardening

There’s a growing trend this spring to use gardening apps before running out to the local nursery. Most gardeners agree that the information from a smartphone or tablet app is easier and quicker to obtain than spending time running around town. Apps are full of helpful how-to and instructional guides, planting ideas and other helpful gardening tips.

Here are some of our favorites:

Gardening Design Ideas showcases different galleries of gardens from simple, small and modern to Mediterranean, zen and more. The app features hundreds of designs that you can save to an SD card or share with others. The free version of Gardening Design Ideas is available on Google Play.

Garden Guide is produced by Mother Earth News, which offers expert advice on planting and harvesting organic vegetables, as well as watering tips, pest control, improving your garden’s yield, and more. This free app is found on Google Play.

Landscapers Companion is a reference to more than 26,000 perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, and more. The Landscapers Companion also contains about 21,000 pictures and offers information about sun requirements, water usage and plant maturity. This guide is for everyone from the amateur gardener to aspiring botanists. Landscapers Companion is $4.99 on Google Play and iTunes.

Sprout It is a web-based app that teaches you how and when to grow vegetables and understand harvesting schedules. You can tailor it to your own growing season and input tasks with reminders to help stay on schedule. Sprout It, which partnered with Miracle-Gro to develop this app, offers advice on 21 vegetable plants. Create a login to Sprout It for free or sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account.

Garden Bugs helps identify insects that inhabit your garden. The Garden Bugs reference guide tells you how to identify, treat and eradicate common garden pests. This helpful app costs just 99 cents on iTunes.

Gardening Reference Guide is a one-stop app that offers simple gardening advice about hundreds of flowers and plants, including cultivating, lighting, watering and soil requirements. Personal support via email is also available. The Gardening Reference Guide works with iPhone 4, 4S, 5, newer iPods and iPad 2, 3, and 4. iOS 6.0 or greater is required. The Gardening Reference Guide is free on iTunes.

Gardenate is simple with this app, which provides cultivating and harvesting information for more than 90 edible plants. Add your own photos and notes. Gardenate is available for $1.99 on iTunes, Google Play and the Nokia store.

Fruit Garden makes growing fruit just as easy (and as healthy) as growing vegetables. This app provides 25 fruit growing guides including detailed images of each fruit. You can find Fruit Garden for $1.99 on Google Play and iTunes.

Have these gardening apps inspired you to grow your own garden this year?

— By Jessica Oaks

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