10 Great Android Apps for Helping You Develop Your Garden
As the outdoor gardening season winds down, gardeners shift focus to assess results and plan ahead for improvements. These apps will be a big help.Posted Sep 11, 2013
There are many ways you can go about maintaining your garden with traditional methods. However, why not use technology to help you plan and manage your garden, and simplify your garden chores? There are a variety of apps that are available today that can help you keep the most beautiful gardens thriving. Whether you need an informative “how-to,” a journal to keep your progress or a timer to help you keep track of your planting needs there is now an app available to assist you.
When planning your garden this winter, you may want to take some time to familiarize yourself with these new technological assistants. They are designed to reduce your workload while improving garden results.
1. Garden Manager: Plant Alarm
This app helps you keep track of watering, spraying and fertilizing times by giving you an alarm on your mobile device. It also allows you to create a photographic diary of your planting experiences while sharing information about your plants with friends and colleagues. If you are in need of finding a nearby florist for your gardening needs, Garden Manager has that too. With this app, you can track the progress of your garden from germination times through harvesting fruits and vegetables. You can download the app here.
2. Garden Squared
This app allows you to plan out your vegetable garden using dimensions from one by one square foot plots to four by eight foot beds. Using graphic and detailed information of your crops, Garden Squared allows you to track and monitor your plants while providing you with a journal and task tracking. You’re able to save plots according to your own design for future plans or expansions. You can download the app here.
3. Landscape & Garden Calculators
This collection of calculators can help you design everything from the plot of land you are using for your garden to the dimensions of the fences you wish to build. There is a great deal of information available to help you build nearly any aspect of your outdoor garden and landscape needs. The app uses both US measurements in feet and metric calculations in order to provide you with the most accurate information regardless of your location. You can download the app here.
4. Garden Design Ideas
Garden Design Ideas provides you with a large database of garden images to inspire your own creations. From simple gardens to more elaborate depictions of grand landscaping ideas, this app can inspire you to develop your own masterpiece. Whether you are looking for ideas pertaining to the actual flower bed or would like to consider the possibility of adding a fountain, this app can help you determine what you should incorporate into your own design. You can download the app here.
5. Vegetable Garden
A good guide to growing vegetables can be worth it’s weight in produce. Vegetable Garden not only has more than 50 different vegetables and the best ways to grow them, but more are constantly added with each update the app receives. You are able to add to your favorites and detailed information pertaining to each as well. Users are able to share with friends on Facebook, Twitter or email to friends. You can download the app here.
6. Beginners Gardening Guide
For those who are just developing their green thumbs, the Beginners Gardening Guide may be of some help identifying various plants. Links to videos, content and integrated information provides the most novice of gardeners pertinent information to succeed in developing his or her own garden. News and other related materials are provided with each additional update of the app. You can download the app here.
Gardenate is a detailed app that provides a great deal of information for a variety of vegetables and herbs in your garden. You are able to add your own notes to each individual plant in order to develop the best methods that have worked for yourself for future use. As well as the database of plants, you are able to add your own and detail the information for customization. The “My Garden” area provides a “predicted” harvest schedule for plants that you have submitted for tracking. You can download the app here.
8. Expert Gardening Solutions
For those who need more detailed information about gardening, Expert Gardening Solutions is a free app that can help you develop that garden of your dreams. The app is centered around tips and ideas to help you while providing eco-friendly advice for a more organic planting. Although this app is fairly new, the information contained could be greatly beneficial if anything to add to your collection of apps for your gardening purposes. You can download the app here.
9. Organic Gardening
The Organic Gardening app will provide you with home recipes in order to develop a successful organic garden without using toxic pesticides or soil additives. The information contained within the app can help you keep an indoor garden growing all year round without worry of dying from the harsh weather. You can download the app here.
10. Garden Time Planner
The Garden Planner by Burpee provides you with the best times to sow a variety of food producing plants. The app contains a great database of a wide range of plants including local weather reports. Users receive updates of when to plant or transplant young growth to larger vessels. Although the app itself hasn’t received stellar reviews, it is free and many have had a degree of success using the application. You can download the app here.
These are just a handful of apps that you can install on your smartphone or tablet devices to help you develop a garden that you could be proud of. Although some of these apps are free to use, some of the more elaborate ones could cost a couple of dollars to download. However, they can all find a place in your collection of gardening apps in order to increase your knowledge and versatility.
Liz Nelson writes for WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @ gmail.com.