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I can remember the time when the most popular and ‘authoritative’ sources of information on gardening were glossy magazines sold at store check-out aisles, PBS’s “Crockett’s Victory” Garden and companion manual, Jerry Baker, and “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.” Some of these publications were based on sound science.
Let’s fast forward to 2013 and some inexpensive and useful gardening applications for smart phones and other hand held devices. When downloaded onto your portable device, these apps can quickly put valuable, science-based horticulture information in the palm of your hand.
While gardening can be both a fun and peaceful activity, starting the season can be nothing short of a pain. How many times have you forgotten where you planted a row of bulbs? Perhaps seeds have begun to sprout and you have no idea what they are. It’s time to end the confusion and frustration with an app that’s sure to become your new gardening pal.
You can be ‘Bee-friendly’ in your garden by planting the flowers that are most attractive to pollinators. And to help build our understanding of which plants are most attractive we're asking you to participate in a Citizen Science project that will generate thousands of insect observations of the plants that pollinating insects like to visit.
This is awesome, love things like this, especially due to a #vanishingbeepopulation
If you can't tell the difference between pansies and petunias, here's the app for you. "Mobile Educator: Flowers 101" identifies more than 250 flowers. It also has a study guide where you can call up pictures of flowers and see information about each one. Learning games and flashcards round out the fun!
Perennial Doctor and Purdue Annual Doctor cost 99 cents each at the Apple App Store. The developers are working on versions for Android phones, as well as apps that address pest problems for tomatoes and melons. In the fall, Purdue scientists released an app for trees called Purdue Tree Doctor, which offers similar information for 60 tree varieties. It costs $1.99 at the Apple App Store. An Android version isn’t available, although you can download a free tree identification app called Virginia Tech Tree ID.
With developers The Other Hat, Garden Organic have produced five new reference apps, which can be downloaded to iPhones, iPads and Android devices: Organic Gardening Guidelines, Composting for Organic Gardeners, Grow Your Own Organic Fruit, Grow Your Own Organic Herbs, and Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables. The apps contain reference information for gardeners of all levels, outlining organic gardening methods and providing tips on growing fruit, herbs and vegetables.
There's a bunch of apps here, but check out Herbarium HD and iNaturalist.
Does gardening happen to be one of your favorite hobbies? Looking to give your green fingers a little bit of action? Want your garden to look its best this year? Gardening can prove to be an extremely relaxing and therapeutic activity, and if you do it well and get things right, it can be extremely rewarding, too.
Amazon is having a Fire sale! No, not a “fire sale” in the true sense of the word, but a sale on their 7″ 16GB Fire HD tablet, now available for $169.00 ($30 off).Kindle Fire runs a custom form of the Android operating system, and you can’t buy apps from the Google Play store without a hack of some sort. However, the Kindle Fire Appstore does carry gardening apps, and $169 is a pretty good price if you have yet to jump into the tablet market (or need a second one).
Rain Garden guides you through the process of designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. Rain gardens are depressions in the ground that collect rainwater from roofs, driveways, parking areas, or other hard surfaces. They’re great for the planet because they reduce the amount of polluted runoff that enters local waterways.
The bookseller Barnes & Noble produces a color tablet, the Nook. Compared to other tablets, their market segment is small, and we don’t have specific garden apps for it in our database (yet). We took a second look at the Nook last week because it was in the news, and no, it’s not toast just yet. Barnes and Noble will be outsourcing its manufacturing. So it’s not going away, and in fact may have even more apps available in the future, depending on the third party it chooses for its continued development.
Ample Harvest's core mission: "No Food Left Behind."
AmpleHarvest.org helps Americas gardeners diminish hunger in their community by enabling them to donate their excess garden produce to a neighborhood food pantry. Not growing anything right now? Use their iPhone and Android apps to help find a local food pantry when you are shopping.
Smartphone users can collect data about pollinating insects in their gardens, which will be used to build a national picture. Members of the public are being urged to photograph bees and send the data to scientists via a new smartphone app as part of a national drive to help protect pollinating insects.
Whether you’re well into growing season or just getting started, Sprout it takes the guesswork out of gardening. And, with the release of its free iPad app, gardening just became more convenient. Whether you’re referencing Sprout it while getting your hands dirty planting, or creating a new “grow plan” on your tablet, Sprout it offers convenience and flexibility – along with in-depth resources to inspire and educate a new crop of successful gardeners.
Foresee combines multiple sources of data and turns your iPhone into a device that anticipates what you want and helps you accomplish things: in this case, grilling, gardening, mowing the lawn or any other activity.
While most gardeners prefer to leave their smart phones and iPads inside when working in the garden, your phone and tablet can, in fact, be a valuable gardening tool. Smart phones and tablets have a plethora of apps (short for applications) tailored to gardening. A quick search will yield many apps related to gardening.
Janna Beckerman spotted the rusty hollyhock leaves immediately after stopping in front of the biennial on her way through the blooming West Lafayette community vegetable and flower garden. Instead of pulling out a pair of garden gloves to inspect the leaves or reaching for the closest fungicide, the Purdue University plant pathologist and professor grabbed her iPhone from a pocket as she knelt beside the plant.
A short while ago, Petr Mores wrote to me about his Inner Garden app. Petr is an artist who loves nature, and developed this Android app together with his brother Pavel. Inner Garden now has a home at Leafport.
Since this Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, you might be dusting off those gardening gloves to spruce up your home. But if you're looking for an easy way to keep plants alive this year, check out these three products featured in the video above that make it quite simple.