Apps can help you get plants in and growing

POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:04pm

The Gardinate App for Android and iPhone smartphones is a gardening database that helps anyone cultivate a green thumb as they grow flowers and veggies. Based on your climate and growing zone, it tells you when and how to plant just about anything, and when it will be ready for harvest. Cost is $1.99.

For Android users, My Plant Diary is a free and handy app that lets you note, graph and track the growth of your plants, even documenting it with a photo. For the iPhone, iVeggieGarden is a similar, much more elegant but, at $9.99, much more expensive app.

For drawing up a garden plan, try Garden Tracker for the iPhone. This $0.99 app lets you design your own gardens, decide what goes in what row, track the progress and even fight the pests that are also after your veggies.

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