Sunday, January 11, 2015
Before you get your hands dirty, try your green thumb on these apps. Developed to aid the gardener identify, grow, maintain, and redesign his garden, these apps stand as proof that modern technology and nature can go hand in hand.
Landscaper's Companion ($4.99 on Android and iOS)
Whether you're a beginner at gardening, or an expert with years of experience to his name, this app should come in handy with an extensive database of over 26,000 trees, shrubs, plants, and other growing things. Each entry contains information about the specimen, and it includes procedures on how to plant and care for it as well. Its search feature makes it easy to use.
iScape ($9.99 on iOS)
iScape allows you to create a 3D rendering of your yard based on a photo. It comes with a database of 1,000 objects -- plants, flowers, shrubs, ponds, fountains, as well as ground textures, among others -- that you can place within your virtual yard. A useful platform to experiment with yard designs and layout.
Garden Plan Pro ($9.99 on iOS)
An extensive app full of features for the ambitious fruit and vegetable gardener, Garden Plan Pro is all about producing the best harvest by way of planting tips, advice, seasonal scheduling, and crop rotation based on your location and climate.
Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens ($0.99 on iOS)
An app with a small database of roughly 100 plants ideal for a small garden. Each entry includes all the basic information on the specimen, its pronunciation, and how-to's on cultivation and care. Perfect for the novice gardener: unlike other apps, which often list thousands of specimens, Foolproof is not at all overwhelming. Professional gardeners will find it useful for pocket gardens.
Garden Tracker-Bumper Crop ($3.99 on iOS)
Designed for vegetable gardening, the app allows its user to create a graphic representation of his vegetable bed. Fill in the bed accordingly, choosing vegetables from the app's database to recreate what you have in your garden. Then, create a schedule for watering, fertilizing, and harvesting. The app will remind you of important tasks and keep track of how your (virtual) crops are coming along.