Planning is just as important as planting;
some plants coexist peacefully, while others
will fight for resources if planted too closely.
Perennial Match ($4.99) helps you choose
compatible plants to create a beautiful garden
of perennials that work well together. The app allows you
to narrow your search by sun and water requirements, har-
diness, colors, and height. View the attributes of each plant
individually and in combination with others to see how they’ll
work for your unique conditions.
And, of course, there’s the granddaddy of all
gardening bibles—The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Founded in 1792, the same yearly almanac that
your grandparents and maybe even great-
grandparents used to help plan their yearly
planting is now available in app form. The Old Farmer’s
Almanac Planner ($7.99) app allows you to lay out your gar-
den with vegetables, herbs, and fruit, as well as see growing
information, get planting reminders, and learn how to rotate
crops for a successful growing season.
If you’re new to growing your own food,
Don’t Lose Sight of the
check out From Seed to Spoon (free). This app
guides you through the entire process of se-
lecting, planting, tending, and harvesting more
than 40 different herbs and vegetables. The app
helps you select companion plants that grow well together
and also includes information about common garden pests
and how to deal with them organically.
Garden for the Plant
Gardening, whether flowers or vegetables, has amazing
benefits for the mind and body. In the end, it doesn’t matter if
you choose to go high tech or old school with your plants; the
important thing is that you enjoy it!
Jacqui Lane fell in love with technology the first time she laid eyes on a blinking DOS
cursor and has been exploring and writing about it professionally for more than 12
years. An iPhone addict from its earliest days, she’s rarely seen without her phone in
hand. Her writing has appeared on USAToday.com, Salon, The Nest, and other outlets.