The best apps for gar­den­ing

Tap your way to green fin­gers with th­ese six down­loads

Mac|Life - - NEWS - BY Ema Davies

There’s no deny­ing that gar­den­ing is a re­ward­ing hobby, but it can also be de­mand­ing, frus­trat­ing, and of­ten down­right con­fus­ing, es­pe­cially if you’re new to it. So if sum­mer’s got you itch­ing to get out­side with a trowel, this hand­ful of apps will get you grow­ing like a pro in no time.

For many peo­ple, there’s a lot of appeal in pro­duc­ing their own veg­gies. My Po­tager ($0.99, iPad and iPhone) is the ideal com­pan­ion for your kitchen gar­den, en­abling you to lay out your plot, keep track of how your har­vests are go­ing, and look up in­for­ma­tion on your var­i­ous herba­ceous de­lights. There’s even info on the phases of the moon, if you think that sort of thing makes a dif­fer­ence. If stats are your thing, try ePlant (Free with in-app pur­chases, iPad and iPhone) to keep track of how your gar­den grows. You can log what you’ve done to ev­ery plant - whether that’s the usual wa­ter­ing and fer­til­iz­ing, or some­thing more ex­otic such as re­pot­ting, prun­ing, or even a friendly chat – you know what they say! Watch­ing seedlings’ mea­sure­ments means you can eas­ily see what’s had an ef­fect, too.

Sadly, not ev­ery­one has room for a full set of flowerbeds, so if you’re short on space, My Gar­den

Con­tain­ers (Free, iPad and iPhone) will help you make the most of what’s avail­able. An en­cy­clo­pe­dia of pot-friendly plants and how to help them thrive, it lets you fil­ter by a range of cri­te­ria. So if you want a pur­ple bloom that lives in the sun and can han­dle your ne­glect­ful wa­ter­ing habits, looks like it’s celosia for you.

If the en­vi­ron­ment is im­por­tant to you, you’re likely keen to keep the bees com­ing to your yard.

BeeS­mart Pol­li­na­tor Gar­dener (Free, iPhone) lets you search by ZIP code to see what kind of eco­log­i­cal area you live in, and then rec­om­mends the req­ui­site green­ery to at­tract your in­dus­tri­ous in­sect friends.

It’s good to have goals, which is where Per­ma­cul­ture (Free, iPad and iPhone) comes in. The brain­child of an Aus­tralian cou­ple pur­su­ing a sus­tain­able life­style, it’s full of ar­ti­cles and videos de­tail­ing eco-friendly projects. It might not all be achiev­able for a lay­man, but you’ll cer­tainly ab­sorb some fas­ci­nat­ing knowl­edge.

Fi­nally, when your fam­ily and friends tire of hear­ing about your fond­ness for fo­liage, get your­self on Gar­den Tags (Free, iPad and iPhone). Es­sen­tially In­sta­gram for hor­ti­cul­ture, it en­ables you to fol­low other gar­den­ers, pub­lish pictures of your own plot, and even set up­com­ing task re­minders for the plants in shot. As a bonus, be­ing able to tag your pho­tos by the sea­son in which they were taken means it’s also a great way of keep­ing a vis­ual record of the year’s progress.

Here’s our herb gar­den – we’re just wait­ing for the Gar­den Tags likes to start pour­ing in.

Never con­sid­ered kale a dec­o­ra­tive crop? Think again, says My Gar­den Con­tain­ers.

Tag­ging some­thing “Planted” in My Po­tager turns it blue; har­vested tiles are red.

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