6 apps to help your green thumb


How effective is your green thumb? Whether you're a gardening expert or trying to grow one for the first time, these 6 apps give you great advice on gardening and landscaping.


Essential Garden ($2; Android, iOS) - This app contains tips and secrets on how to turn your back yard plot into a thriving garden. You can start with the basics such as soil preparation, watering and general garden care. Then, you can explore a vast amount of fruits and vegetables from asparagus to watermelon.

Gardenate ($2; Android, iOS) - This app has loads of information on more than 90 different types of edible plants including vegetables, fruits and herbs. With this information, you can create a plant list for planning your garden, then follow the planting calendars for best results. Add your personal notes to the app to track your successes and failures.

The Gardening Guide from Mother Earth News (Free; Android, iOS) - This app features great advice on crops and growing techniques, as well as harvesting instructions, watering tips, pest control advice and more. It also has a resources section, where you can access links to garden products and books to further help you along your way.

Landscaper's Companion ($5; Android, iOS) - With this guide, you can learn about more than 26,000 types of plants ranging from annuals to ferns, in different places across the entire globe. You can search with basic criteria like the plant name, or you can perform an advanced search with criteria like water requirements, USDA Zone or color. 

MyGarden (Free; Android, iOS) - This app accompanies the MyGarden.org social network. Here, you can keep detailed plant records, set your own personal growing calendar and follow other gardeners to get tips, ask questions and share your answers.

Organic Gardening Planting Planner (Free; Android, iOS) - This app works as a timer, weather monitor and calendar, while providing you with plenty of information on how to get the best from your crops.

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