Developed by Scot Nelson, a plant pathologist at the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Rescources (UH-CTAHR), The Plant Doctor is an interactive smartphone app that helps users accurately identify and manage plant pests and diseases.
It’s not the first app that can help pinpoint plant diseases, but it is unique in that you get the diagnosis from a living person, not to mention an expert on the subject. And it’s free
Researchers have developed a process that can turn an ordinary smartphone into a microscope with 60x magnification. By baking droplets of transparent silicone in a special oven, these cost-effective and high-quality lenses -- worthy of a microscope costing $500 or more -- can be attached to smartphone cameras and turn them into microscopes. The lenses could be used in schools for education purposes, for medical examination of skin diseases, or in farming to identify pests in crops.
Trees make sense. They add beauty to every season of the landscape, they cleanse the air, absorb CO2, reduce rainwater runoff and shield us from sun and wind. Trees make sense. But trees also make cents. Yes, cents … as in dollars and cents.
While we don’t expect you to actually harvest $20 bills from your leafy friends, trees do work for us in major, quantifiable ways. In fact, trees may be one of the best financial investments you make on your property.
If you want to start growing some of your own food, and you want to do it in the most sustainable and eco-friendly manner, but you don't know where to even start, there's a handy free online vegetable garden planner that can help you become an organic gardener, one step at a time.
You may think moon gardening is, well, looney, but, hey, it was the method used by civilizations of antiquity – the Greeks and Egyptians, for sure, paid attention to cycles of the moon.To help me know what phase is happening I use the Phase of the Moon app on my iPhone.
If your attachment to your phone is umbilical and you couldn’t image leaving it in the house, then let it help you in the garden. Gardening apps are becoming more and more popular; here are 5 fun and informative garden-related apps for your iPhone and iPad.
Attention garden centers and nurseries: The C&S Country Gardener app is designed to help you have more fun in the garden and at our garden center. Each time you visit the garden center your purchase will be validated at the register and you’ll receive another "punch;" after 5 punches, you’ll earn a reward. Click on the rewards tab and you’ll see all the rewards you’ve earned and all those you are eligible for. Also included is a news feed to keep you up to date on all upcoming events, featured plants, gardening articles, videos, plant guides, and more.
The app, compatible with iOS devices, is free. And rather than being a typical game that takes your child’s mind captive in a virtual world, this is an “augmented reality” app — in other words it encourages kids to connect with their real world surroundings. It’s geared toward fairly young kids, but is clever in its use of the device’s built-in camera to connect real and virtual elements which ultimately drive kids imaginations toward the planet around them.
Here in the northern hemisphere, it’s springtime, which for us means that it’s time to weed the back yard and plant the garden. If you’ve been sowing seeds and staking tomatoes for years, you probably know what to do, but many of us would like some guidance about what to plant, when to plant it, where to plant it, and when to expect a harvest.
The free online vegetable garden planner offers a comprehensive, step-by-step plan to growing a beautiful organic garden, taking into consideration factors like region, climate, and family size, creating a customized plan for each user’s specific needs.
Add some buzz to your gardening experience by getting a helping hand from...your cell phone! Once you start using some of the apps listed in this post, there will be no way you can go back to your old gardening ways. Your smartphone will keep you updated about the right time to plant the seeds, help out with ideal garden outlines, identify unknown plants and diseases, explain which plants will thrive in your climate, and much more.
After months of hard work and nurturing, Garden Produce Exchange is proud to announce that the Local Carrot iPhone app has launched. Today's launch of Local Carrot is our first step towards creating a place for local gardeners and fresh food lovers to buy, sell, and swap homegrown produce. The Local Carrot iPhone App is the fastest and easiest way for consumers looking for healthy, locally-sourced produce to connect with home gardeners who have surplus goods such as vegetables, fruits, herbs, seeds, eggs, honey, edible flowers, mulch, and compost.
From The Daily Page: Farmers have traditionally gathered and saved seeds from one growing season to plant in the next. But this age-old tradition is being threatened by corporations that are increasingly restricting access to seeds through patents.
A new group with ties to the University of Wisconsin-Madison is trying to counter this trend by ensuring that certain seed lines are never patented and remain accessible to individuals who want to plant or use them to produce new varieties. Following the lead of supporters of open-source software, the Open Source Seed Initiative hopes to promote an ethic of sharing among plant breeders.
Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com's insight:
The OSSI web site is easily viewable on any mobile web browser.
Dirt and technology. What a marriage. Before breaking into the rich soil and fertilizer this spring, use your green thumb to browse these five free, functional gardening apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Spring is finally here after a cold, snowy winter, but if you're a gardener, your days of shoveling are far from over. Hopefully, you'll be digging into dirt and not snow as you get down and dirty in your garden.