Bring your gardening techniques into the 21st century by adding some digital gardening tools to your collection. We look at some of the best apps on the market that help make gardening easier.
RHS Plant Selector – Another free app to add to the collection, the RHS Plant Selector is a hugely popular tool for gardeners who want to find the perfect plants for their gardens conditions. Simply enter your season of interest, select your soil type, amount of shade or ground cover, and a variety of other options, and marvel at the suggestions that appear complete with images and advice. It’s a must have for any gardener!
LikeThat Garden – The future has arrived! Use your smart phone or mobile device to take a picture of any unknown plants or weeds in your garden and this clever little app will scan through an extensive library of thousands of plant species to identify what is growing in your garden. Using image recognition technology, all your questions can be answered in an instant, and with detailed descriptions and pictures to help aid identification this great tool will turn you into an expert in no time.
Garden Plan Pro – If you’re looking for something to help plan your perfect garden then look no further. Although it’s a little expensive, this app has everything you need to plan the planting spaces in your garden. With expert information on a variety of plants and simple to use tools, you’ll be up and running in no time. It even has a handy pest and disease database so you know what to look out for.
Gardening: The Ultimate Guide – This one is brilliant for the gardener looking to create their first vegetable garden. This easy to use app is loaded with useful information without all of the jargon, so you don’t need to be put off by not understanding what to do next. Full of handy hints and tricks, this app is a great companion for beginners.
Bubble Level – This one does exactly what it says on the tin. A free, accurate, and simple to use tool to check if your surface is horizontally or vertically level. Perfect, for putting up trellises, laying patio slabs or for making sure your ice-cold drinks won’t tip over when placed on the garden table.
Gardenate – If you’re looking to grow your own vegetables this handy app will help you with suggestions of what vegetables to grow and when is best to do so. With detailed information on more than 90 different vegetables and herbs to help you make the right choice and a calendar to ensure you keep to your schedules, Gardenate makes growing simple.
Inner Garden – Perfect for the gardener without the space for a garden, Inner Garden allows you to create the virtual garden of your dreams to suit any personality or style. Unleash your creativity and get lost in pure relaxation as you watch your plants come to life and meet animals who occasionally pop by to say hello. This app is the perfect stress reliever.
MyGarden – Social networking is everywhere these days, and now it’s even in the garden! MyGarden is the social network for garden lovers, and with their mobile app you can easily keep track of your plants and vegetables while also letting you share the progress with your friends and family. Show off photos of your latest handy work, setup and explore gardening events and you can even browse the local marketplace for plants that are available for sharing.
Words: Jake Tucker