Starting a Garden? Get These Apps Now!

The days are warming up, and It’s as good a time as any to get started on this year’s garden. If you’ve built gardens in the past, you’ve probably got this in the bag, but if it’s your first time to maintain a garden, you’re going to need all the help you can get. While gardening can be as relaxing as it is rewarding, it can actually be pretty frustrating and stressful if you’re just starting out. Luckily, if you’re using a smartphone, you can get all the help you need right from the palm of your hand.

It’s all thanks to a rapid push for mobile access to information. As the company behind Free Bingo Hunter explains, smartphones currently account for 17% of mobile usage, and growth in the mobile market is among the strongest trends in the internet landscape, with many experts claiming that mobile usage will soon exceed PC usage. We all want to be able to access information on our phones, and many gardening companies have made this possible with apps that make full use of our phones’ features. Here are some of the most useful apps you can get to help you start your garden:

1. PlantSnapp
Some people begin their gardens after seeing a curious plant in their yards. Whether it’s a beautiful flower or an interesting shrub, observant homeowners have used existing plants to help them begin their gardens, as the kind of plants that naturally grow in the area can help determine the soil quality there, thus helping gardeners pick what plants to invest in next. Of course, the process of identifying plants isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t have any experienced gardeners as friends. Luckily, there’s PlantSnapp, an app that allows you to snap photos of plants in your garden, and then uses the knowledge of gardening experts to identify it.

2. Garden Plan Pro
Once you know what kind of plants you can grow, it’s important to plan your garden out accordingly. It’s not always about aesthetics, and keeping a garden organized is a great way to ensure that your plants stay healthy. This is often easier said than done, and it’s easy to lose track of what kind of plant is in each part of your garden. Garden Plan Pro helps users plan their gardens accordingly, and keep a record of these plans. It’s especially useful if you’re planning a vegetable garden, but you could use it for just about anything.

3. Garden Manager
After planting your seeds, you have just one obstacle left before you: remembering to take the time out of your day to take care of them. It’s not always easy because everything moves so fast in this day and age, but Garden Manager gives you handy reminders for watering your plants, fertilizing them, or setting custom tasks. You’re also given the ability to start a photo log so you can document your plants’ growth!

With the right tools, starting a garden can be much easier than you think. Have you discovered other apps that help you garden?

To Build A Home: Garden Inspiration

The one area of my new home that seems to have fallen to the bottom of my priority list is the garden. The house came with landscaping as part of the building package, but it is extremely simple landscaping, and not really an ideal garden – at least by my standards. There are a few problems with the garden area that I’ll need to overcome – space, the burning hot Australian sun, and sandy soil. I’ve been browsing Pinterest for some small garden inspiration, and have come across some inspiring images that I thought I would share with you. Here are some of the gardens that have me thinking more and more about my own space –

I think the first step for me is to work out some kind of shade for the back yard area. At the moment there is no shade whatsoever on any of the garden beds, which means the plants need to be extremely resilient (hence the Australian natives planted there already). Wish me luck!