The app has multiple different survey methods to choose from and more than 800 species of butterflies found in the United States and Europe. Currently, they are working on adding species found in Africa and neo-tropical areas.
Gro Garden 1.0 for iOS is the fun place to learn about organic gardening and sustainable farming. Kids get to learn and understand environmental issues in a simple and entertaining way. Connie the Compost and her friends the Micro organisms live under the trees in your Gro Garden, right next to the animals, and they love old food scraps! When you feed Connie and her friends, magic things start to happen.
Jelly's free app for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and phones running Google's Android allows people to tap into the collective knowledge within their networks on Twitter's short-messaging service and Facebook's online hangout to find answers about things that puzzle them. The questions are accompanied with a photo of the object that triggered the curiosity.
Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com's insight:
I imagine this app being used among your gardening friends in your social circles to help ID a plant or pest.
Most weather apps are usually loaded with a ton of features, intrusive UI elements and complex settings. Solar, on the other hand, aims to remain as simple and minimal as possible; it’s a pretty straight-forward weather app with no complicated options. The UI looks absolutely stunning thanks to the gradient background that changes with the weather condition. The top portion of the gradient represents the weather while the bottom part indicates the temperature.
For some reason, developers love weather applications. Given there are various sources for the data, it ties in to the sensors on a smartphone, and provides endless options to experiment with displays and interfaces.
Technology can help enhance your next visit to the Garden! The new smartphone app features an interactive map, tour guide, announcer of what's new, What's in Bloom, Garden plant finder, and general plant guide, among other fun and useful things.
The app works on your smartphone, and there will also be computers stationed at two locations in the Garden so that visitors without smartphones can access the plant finder while they are at the Garden. The plant finder can also be used from a home computer.
The Urban Farm released a new iPhone and iPad app called Urban Farm Guides. The app contains urban farming guidebooks that inspire users to create their own urban farms. Current How-To Guide topics include growing your own organic food, raising chickens, saving seeds, and creating your own sustainable, organic, urban farm.
The approach of winter is a dreaded time for many gardeners—except, of course, those lucky enough to live in a year-round gardening climate. Fortunately for the rest of us, there are lots of ways to get our fix while impatiently waiting for next planting season. One is toying around with the many useful, interesting and inspiring mobile apps that let green-thumbed smartphone users do just about anything, from choosing plants and planning designs to solving pesky problems and taking virtual garden tours. So, whether you want serious how-to information or playful distraction, we’ve got you covered with this shortcut guide to the Web’s best gardening apps.
Gardeners of all experience levels know that one of the joys intrinsic to growing food crops is that you’re guaranteed to learn more every year. Maybe this year you’re digging your first-ever organic vegetable garden, or you’re trying out a new-to-you heirloom tomato variety that — according to legend — will produce juicy, red fruits that weigh more than a pound apiece. Or maybe you’ve built a new compost system or have decided this is the year to attract beneficial insects to keep pesky insect pests at bay. Whatever your next (or even your first) step may be, we have the resources to help you on your way to a successful organic gardening season.
Install the Amazon Appstore on your Android device - no Kindle Fire needed - for these two promotions.
Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com's insight:
To get the Amazon Appstore on your Android device along with the two promos, follow these steps:
1. Go to http://www.amazon.com/getappstore and download the Amazon Appstore app. Since it's a 3rd-party app not available on Google Play, read the directions carefully to allow the download and install to occur.
2. Find and install the app from the Notifications area, then open it and sign in with your Amazon account.
3. Click the banner ad on top (see picture) to get to a list of apps to download (free Dec 25 only).
4. Once you download ANY app between Dec 24-28 (whether or not it was part of the promo in the above step), Amazon will apply a $5 promotional credit (expiring 3/31/2014) for use on a future Appstore purchase.
Plant Trivia is a simple game to help you learn 200 plant names and pictures. The game is pretty simple: You start with 60 seconds on the clock. Each correct answer is worth 5 points on the first try, 3 on the second, 2 on the third, and 0 on the last try. When you’re done, save your score and share the results on Facebook!
A complete review of Parrot Flower Power, a device/app combo which analyzes the growing conditions of your plants and sends you the results. Once inserted in the plant’s soil, either in a pot or open ground, the sensor monitors ambient temperature, fertilizer, light intensity and soil moisture.
Many homeowners are now beginning to embrace the art of gardening as a hobby, a stress outlet, a method of adding landscaping appeal to their homes, and to increase their property value. Whatever the reason you may have to start gardening, you are on the right path by searching for apps that can help you improve your garden no matter the size.
Users will be able to download a "GrowRecipes" app and input what foods they’re growing. The app will then tell the "Cube" exactly how to control the microclimate – everything from grow time, to light levels, to watering schedule – to ensure that your plants grow perfectly every time.
From USAToday: Mitch Waite, creator of iBird PRO, hopes birders will augment their field glasses with his new Glass Birds - a Google Glass app with its sights set on a mid-January release ($30 for iPhone; $10 for Android). Imagine: You see a bird perching in a tree. You tell Glass, "Identify bird." The app knows your location and eliminates possibilities based on range and habitat, then narrows attributes by shape, size, color, markings - all instantaneously, via voice commands. The interface projects images onto Glass' prism optics, making the screen appear 25 feet away, so it's not so in-your-face as you navigate through the puzzle.
The Native Plant Guide App is now available as a special version just for your iPad, along with the versions for iPhone or iPod touch, after recent updates as an electronic version of the industry-respected book and desktop application.
In our fast-moving world, staying informed about food issues and making the best choices can be complicated. Here are seven of the best no-cost apps we think no health-minded and environmentally-conscious foodie should be without.
Happy New Year! In the spirit of the season, here’s a resolution for all of us. Identify a plant’s problem before you treat it. I can’t emphasize this enough. This means knowing the problem with a plant is frost damage and not an insect or disease would mean you wouldn’t have to do anything. Or, that the problem is a fungus and not a bug, which means you might need to use a fungicide rather than an insecticide.
By using your ZIP code and a database of almost 5,000 weather stations across North America, the When to Plant app locates average frost dates for your garden from the nearest station, and calculates the best range of planting dates for each crop.