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Whether you plant a garden every year, or are landscaping your first ever house this summer, you should definitely take advantage of these handy gardening iPhone apps to ensure a green thumb. There are apps to research plants, maintain gardens, journal from year to year about your unique landscape, and even create a vision of your garden before you commit. Happy gardening!
Looking to start growing your own organic vegetables and have no idea where to start? The free Organic Gardening Planting Planner app for iPhone from Organic Gardening magazine is the perfect place to start researching your new veggie patch. This handy app helps you decide what to grow and when to grow it. The app syncs up with GPS to figure out the frost dates for your area so you will always have a green thumb.
Figuring out which plants to purchase for each season of the year can be difficult. Especially if you are like me and just want to buy and plant the prettiest ones. If you do that, you will not have a green thumb, trust me. So check out the Climate Wise Plant Hardiness Zone Finder app for iPhone ($0.99) while shopping for your garden or landscaping. Simply enter your zip code and this savvy apps gives you the hardiness zone, low temp range, frost dates, and more.
Do you want to be a Gardenista? The Gardenista app for iPhone ($2.99) is your garden assistant and virtual garden journal. The app lists 100 plants that it recommends for your garden, but you can add more if you wish. This app is meant to make gardening simple and save photos of your prized plants for view year-round. Snap pictures of your plants’ progress for easy reference in following years.
If you already have a few years of gardening under your belt, you may want a little more detailed information about keeping your gardening blossoming year after year. The Landscaper’s Companion – Gardening Reference Guide ($5.99) is the serious gardener’s bible. With more than 22,000 plants in 17 categories such as shrubs, perennials, herbs, palms and more, you are sure to find information on the plant you are looking for in this app. You can also use the app to save pictures of your own plants and take field notes.
Want to see what a shrub or plant will look like in your landscape design before you buy? The iScape app for iPhone ($4.99) puts you in the landscape designer’s driver seat. Take this app for a spin to easily plan out and design an affordable landscape. You take a picture of your home, upload it to the app, and then get designing. It is perfect for sharing your vision with a professional landscaper, too.