Here in the United Kingdom, we are still experiencing cold, wet, and downright miserable weather even though it is almost summer. Heck, over ten inches of snow fell at the end of April, leaving my partner and I housebound for a week!
As you can probably imagine, these conditions have seriously affected my sowing schedule, and I am now frantically playing catch up, using my iPad to help stay organized. Here, I have compiled a list of ten apps that will appeal to both new and experienced gardeners alike. Click “more” to read on.
Planning a patch from scratch, or re-designing an existing plot, can be a complex and time-consuming task, especially when drawing by hand. Garden Plan Pro enables you to digitally design your allotment, automatically detecting your location to display the forecast for your area, along with frost dates to match the average from your nearest weather station.
Inserting an object into your plan couldn’t be easier as Garden Plan Pro features a database containing an array of different types of plant, ranging from fruits and vegetables, to flowers and green manures, and when your design is complete, it can be printed out or shared online with friends and family.
Developer: Growing Interactive
Garner inspiration from Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein, and co. with Gardeners’ World Magazine, a print and digital publication that accompanies the popular television series of the same name.
Whether you are a kitchen gardener or strictly ornamental, Gardeners’ World Magazine has something for everyone, and features a plethora of tried-and-tested tricks and tips, along with a checklist of tasks that need completing in your garden each month.
Developer: Immediate Media Company Bristol Ltd
Organic Gardening Guidelines provides in-depth information on all things organic, from soil care and plant health to energy use in the garden, something that I think most of us could improve on. It is split up into eight sections, and suitable for every type of gardener, regardless of experience.
Organic Gardening Guidelines is part of Garden Organic, a charity that has researched and promoted sustainable growing for over 50 years, and at $2.99, this app is cheaper than a lot of other books covering the same subject.
Developer: S. Batley
Transform a patch of dirt into a bountiful allotment with My Veg Plot, a freemium game that is a perfect gardening alternative for when the weather is not cooperating. Grow tomatoes, cabbages, strawberries, or any other fruit or vegetable you desire, while keeping an eye out for diseases and pests that may affect your crops.
Come harvest time, your homegrown produce may be entered in the local village show where you can win prizes, just like in real life.
Developer: Merge Games
intoGardens is described as being part magazine and part app, and was recommended to me by ex-Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler.
Published quarterly, and featuring interactive articles, video footage, and stunning photography, it is clear to see that a lot of work has gone into developing intoGardens, and it’s something that every gardener can sit down and read after a long day of digging.
Developer: Into All Things
The Tree Encyclopedia includes information on over 1,000 different types of tree, along with a photograph for easy identification.
Organized into 90 individual categories for ease of use, The Tree Encyclopedia claims to be the most comprehensive encyclopedia of trees available in the App Store, and is the perfect companion for outdoor aficionados and botany geeks like myself.
Developer: Wan Fong Lam
There’s a zombie on your lawn! Defend your home from intruders using an arsenal of zombie-slaying plants in Plants vs. Zombies, a game developed by the company responsible for smash hit Bejeweled.
Sow cob cannons, pea shooters, and an array of other lethal plants to thwart 26 different types of zombies hell-bent on eating your brainzzz. Each plant is capable of either stalling or inflicting damage on the undead and, as you progress through the game, more and more plants become available for battle.
Gardening Toolkit can track everything that’s happening in your garden, and will remind you when it is time to harvest fruit and vegetables. It even includes an in-app encylopedia of over 1000 different fruit, vegetables and flowers, saving you time Googling for information about a certain plant.
At $3.99, Gardening Toolkit is an affordable way of keeping organized in the garden, and I highly recommend it to anyone who grows their own produce.
Developer: Applied Objects
Permaculture is packed full of articles relating to, well, permaculture!
Usually, I have to trawl the web looking for the latest news and reviews, spread over a handful of different websites. Instead, Permaculture features them all in one place for free.
Developer: Smart Media Innovations Ltd
Struggling to decide on what to make with your newly harvested fruit and vegetables? Consult The Photo Cookbook: Vegetarian, a virtual cookbook containing 60 step-by-step recipes.
Each recipe includes a series of high definition photographs, along with clear and concise instructions on how to prepare that particular dish.
Sowing and Growing
What are you growing this year? Are you behind schedule due to adverse weather? Leave a comment and let me know how you’re getting on.