Gardening apps

Gardening apps won’t deprive you of digging in the dirt, but they will help you with design, planting choices and growing issues.  The apps range in price from free to $2.99 and can be very helpful. If you are like me and love to gaze fondly at a beautiful garden, but don’t want to be the one to actually dig in it, these apps can save you a lot of time, and keep you from making many mistakes.

Garden Design:

Garden Tracker is an app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you design rectangular garden plots up to 2500 square feet.  In addition, the app tracks your garden’s progress, gives you care information and watering needs, ideal soil temperature, planting depth, and alerts you to any incompatibility (apparently pole beans and cabbage hate each other). $3.99.

Home Outside is an iPhone app that lets you create unlimited landscapes.  You can add or subtract hedges, trees, fountains, paths, pools, terraces, fire pits and much more.  You can also email your creations to friends. Free

Dig My Garden is an app for the iPhone that lets you create gardens of any shape and size and choose the plants. Use the Bloom Bar to see seasonal changes in the plants you’ve chosen.  $3.99.

Helpful Growing Apps:

Garden Plants Growin Guide is an app for android that provides gardening information on how to grow and care for 75 of the most popular garden flowers, herbs, and vegetables.

Waterbug is an app that helps you to remember when to water your plants.  It has a plant library to give you plant care tips and watering advice.  It also has a curated garden shop and you can order your gardening supplies and have them delivered right to your door.  Input a list of your plants and it will develop a watering schedule for you.  The plants that are the thirstiest jump to the top of the list and are highlighted in green so you can’t ignore their plight!