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7 Reasons to Save Garden Seeds

7 Reasons to Save Garden Seeds
You can save money, grow better vegetables, be more self-sustaining and eco-friendly when you save seeds from your own garden. Saving garden seeds is nothing new, but it’s a new concept to many novice gardens that I advise. Big box garden supply centers and even the local dollar stores have made purchasing new seeds each year easy enough, but there’s still good reason to save garden seeds, 7 reasons as a matter-of-fact.

Save Money
Buy once, plant for decades. One seed purchase could potentially be an investment that will last for centuries if you also raise future gardeners in your blood line. The seed price of an expensive plant variety is easily justified when you consider how much money you will be saving by saving the seeds at the end of each growing season and re-planting them in succeeding years.

No Seed Shortage
When you save your own garden seeds, you’re not at the mercy of the seed industry which may decide to discontinue your favorite tomato or squash variety. You won’t have to worry about a pest infestation at holding sites that could limit the amount of specific seeds available from the seed industry either. Save your own garden seeds and you’ll have what you want in the amount you need.

Plant Adaptation
When you save seeds from plants that have been grown in your region, in your own garden, you know the plant has already adapted to your region. The seed industry chooses to sell seeds that are adapted to growing in most all regions, not specifically yours. That’s understandable from the money-making standpoint of a business, but for a home gardener like myself, I want seeds and plants that will grow best in my southern climate.

Quality Control
When you save your own garden seeds, you can select them off the best producing plants in your garden. The seed industry harvests seeds from inferior plants as well as premium plants and mixes them together for a hit-or-miss garden for home-growers.

Crop Traits
By saving your own seeds, you can select the seeds only from the plants that offered something special; the biggest squash, sweetest tomatoes, hottest pepper or odd-shaped eggplant and use those seeds from unique plants to influence crop traits in future gardens.

Heirlooms
Unlike modern hybrids varieties, heirloom varieties are not bred for their high yield and long shelf life, but rather for their flavor. Explore growing heirloom vegetable varieties and save seeds to keep modern gardening connected to the gardening times of our ancestors.

Have Fun
Saving garden seeds is a fun way to introduce young children to the joys of gardening. Grow, harvest and dry flower and vegetable seeds with kids this season, then plant the seeds next growing season with those kids so they can observe the circle of life and have fun doing so.
Next Article: Time to Plan Your Spring Garden

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How to Plant and Grow Eggplant

How to Plant and Grow Eggplant
If you can grow peppers, you can grow eggplants. That’s how easy they are grow. If garden space permits, try growing a few of many different varieties of eggplants; small and oval, large and oblong, white, orange or green fruit color, or just stick with the delicious and versatile purplish-black variety most of us are familiar with. I always recommend that my clients try growing one plant in their garden, and then they’ll be hooked on the ease and beauty of homegrown eggplants.

When to Plant
Eggplants love warm weather and produce their best in zones that offer them a long and warm growing season. If you’re starting plants from seeds, start the seeds 6 weeks before the last predicted frost date and keep seedlings in a location that has a constant temperature of above 75 degrees.

If you are starting with plants, wait until the soil is warm and outdoor air temperature is above 75 degrees before planting in the garden.

Prepare Soil
Choose a sunny location where no ‘nightshade’ vegetables have been grown in past two years. Nightshade plants are eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, and by moving their planting location each year you’ll reduce the risk of certain types of pest infestation. Then take a soil sample to your local county extension office or garden supply center for a soil test. Eggplants need a pH level of between 5.5 and 6.5 to best production. Work in about 2 inches of compost into the soil along with a slow-release balanced fertilize.

How to Plant
Set plants out 18-24 inches apart in prepared soil. The tender young plants are highly susceptible to flea beetles and other garden pests and will need covered in some way to protect them until they reach about 12 inches tall. An easy covering method is to cut the bottoms off of plastic gallon milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles and place one over each plant to create a mini greenhouse. Leave lids intact and unscrew for ventilation on hot days. Remove and discard covering when plants reach 12 inches.

Eggplants can also be grown in containers and placed up off the ground to protect them from being infested with flea beetles.

Harvest Time
Eggplants are ready to be harvested when they reach their recommended mature size and when flesh is soft enough to press thumb into, but firm enough for the flesh to bounce right back into shape. Under-ripe fruits are too hard to make a thumbprint and over-ripe fruits are too soft to bounce back into shape.

Use a sharp knife or hand-held pruning shears to cut the stem away from the main stalk, leaving the eggplant cap intact.
Next article: How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

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10 important guidelines to think about before choosing an apartment

Renting an apartment that meets your needs and requirements can be very time consuming and demanding. There are many things to consider when selecting an apartment, the tenant should consider. To get you started, here are some important tips that will help you in your quest for the perfect apartment complex.

1: for when you move into questions: If you are looking for immediate occupancy, first ask yourself landlord if you can tenure the apartment, also inquire whether the time it is occupied by someone else. After confirmation of check-in, you can not pay the landlord for unoccupied time to negotiate.

2: for the rent of questions: What is the amount to be paid and when? Ask for advance deposit and whether it will be refunded in full?

3: Fine for late payment inquiries, there is no penalty for late payment of rent? when it happens.

4: Renewal Conditions: Check out what are the conditions for the renewal of the lease. What are the conditions when you move out before the lease ends?

5: Are any utilities covered: Ask your landlord about the utilities are, whether they are covered in your lease or not?

6: Are you allowed to share your home: If your location with your colleagues or partners to share room, you look for any written permission to do.

7: Do you allow your animals or not, ask for permission if you have any pets. If it is not allowed, it would be possible by paying for the security deposit for pets in advance?

8: Can the small changes: It is only natural that you would like to live in your kind of environment, and to do so you need minor renovations such as painting walls and several decorations. Just to check this before you check in

9: Find out about your neighbors and surroundings: Everyone would like a decent neighborhood, if it is not there, you have to ask sometimes frequent disturbance. To avoid this you should know about neighborhood very well.

10: requests for service points: Ask landlord, How far is the market and other necessary items such as postal service, bank, restaurant and public transportation stations, etc. It will make you aware of your surroundings.

By inquiring into such things, you can avoid any dispute and the reasons for the disagreement in the future with your landlord.

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Spring Gardening: Top 10 Apps to Show You How to Garden

 Spring is in the air. You may have a green thumb, or your thumb may be the color furthest from green. Either way, gardening is a great way to brighten up your yard. Whether you are looking to fill your yard with blooming flowers or to spruce up your salads this summer with fresh veggies and berries, here are 10 great apps that contain an array of gardening tips, advice, and tricks that will help you have a garden that is the envy of your neighborhood.
10. How to Garden: Become a Gardener – Full of instructional videos, tips, and interesting information for the beginning and experienced gardener. This app is a nice place to start to get an overview on good gardening technique before you jump into specialized gardening like growing your own vegetables or growing organic.
9. Start a Garden – This is a nice app for the beginning gardener. The app offers tips and advice on when to plant and how to keep your plants healthy. Features ways to share your progress and chat with other gardeners. Offers information for vegetable gardening, flowers, and herbs.
8. The Dirt on Organic Gardening – Based on the magazine of the same name, this app provides access to urban and suburban organic gardening to help you fill your dinner plate with fresh organic veggies from your yard. The app is free, but you’ll need to pay by the issue or subscribe for monthly delivery to see new issues.
7. Bugs in the Garden – Ever wonder what that little white bug on your plant’s leaves is and if it is harmful? This app is your guide to identifying those bugs and understanding if they are helpful or hurtful to your plants.
6. When to Plant – For more experienced gardeners, this app is a great resource on when to start planting based on the current seasonal weather patterns and forecast. Provides calculations on the best planting date by crop.
5. Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier – This app allows you to take a photo of any plant, pest, or disease in your garden and submit the photo for review to a team of garden experts that will identify the problem and offer solutions. A nice resource for the beginning gardener.
4. Garden Guide – This is a handy reference to over 7,000 different plants, describing the care requirements, watering needs, soil conditions, and other important information.
3. New Sunset Western Garden Book – A garden’s bible for those of you living in the Western United States. This great book is now also available as an app, featuring how-to videos, slideshows, and all the great content that is contained in the book.
2. Good Organic Gardening – Another app that allows electronic access to a gardening magazine, requiring subscriptions or individual purchases to access new content. However, this app does provide access to fresh and new ideas for organic gardening to keep you informed and active in your garden.
1. Organic Gardening Planting Planner – This free app provides you with information and advice on when to plant your garden based on weather and frost conditions for your region and the type of plants you are planning to grow. Easy to use and a nice reference for determining when to start your garden in the spring.
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10 Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day


 


Here are some great gift ideas for that special mother in your life on Mother’s Day.



10th Weekend getaway. A weekend retreat to a ski lodge could be great for the mother who needs a weekend to relax.



9th Digital camera. For the new mother, this makes a great gift. Children grow so fast, catching those fleeting moments are important. With scrap booking becoming so popular, digital cameras are also a great gift for the scrapbook enthusiast.



8th Donation. Provide for the mother who never stops, she would be honored to know that a donation to charity in their favor was her name be given. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.



7th Buy a tree or star. Have the special mother for years to come immortalized. Have a star named after her or buy a tree in her name. With God’s love that star and tree will be around even if we are not.



6th Night Out. New mothers would surely appreciate a night out of the house with some adult conversation and atmosphere. It’s a simple request, but as a grand gesture for those moms who just want an evening like an adult. This works well with the morning and afternoon spent with the children. That’s what Mother’s Day is about in the first place.



5th Spa Day. Most mothers I know, could a spa day. Whether their children are at home or have already moved out long ago, is a spa day very good choice. Spa Days range from a whole package of all the goodies like mud baths and lunch or just a half hour massage



4th Jewelry. A great idea would be to give her a pendant with a picture of their child / ren in it or a bracelet, ring or a necklace with the birthstone / s of children or grandchildren.



Third Gift baskets. Here you will find gift baskets that contain any and everything. There are baskets that are specifically designed for Mother’s Day, but other choices are gourmet and fruit baskets, spa baskets and candle bsakets. Many places also make baskets.



Second Flowers and plants. This is the most common of Mother’s Day gifts. There is the obvious choice for this bouquet lover or for a very picky person.



First The Star Treatment. A good mother is the hardest job in the world. With this particular mother the star treatment for a day is a great gift. Start with allowing her to sleep in. As if that were not enough gift, breakfast in bed and cleaning the house is exactly what the mother ordered. Lunch and dinner preparation should be included along with bathing, feeding and dressing the children. Basically, to not allow her to left a finger. Enter to do a good book or time for them what they want. What mother would not want to rest a day?

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10 Essential (and Totally FREE!) Gardening Apps for Android, Apple and Chrome Devices

Do you have a garden? Do you have a computer? How about a smartphone? If you can answer yes to the first question and yes to at least one of the next two questions, then you should already know that technology and gardening are just as inextricably intertwined these days as food and technology, dating and technology and even car repair and technology. Get ready to learn what you favorite gardening apps for phones and computers are about to be.
Garden Buddy for Google ChromeBook
This gardening app is perfect for anyone who ever wondered if your soil and climate region is suitable for growing a really cool plant. The Garden Buddy will analyze information like average temperature and rainfall to determine if your planting zone really is a place where you could have success growing Swiss chard. As if that weren’t enough, Garden Buddy adds a little bonus: it will offer up some affordable options for purchasing seeds.
A Gardener’s Handbook for Android
New to gardening and you want some really useful advice on, well, so many things! This gardening app features some quality photos to go along with elegantly written prose formatted perfectly for reading on your Android smartphone. Right there in your hand is the wealth of information contained in A Gardener’s Handbook that ranges from how to organically rid your garden of pests to how to make a little money selling your vegetables to how to transform your simple garden into a landscaping dream.
Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier for iPad and iPhone
Ever wonder what a particular plant is on those occasions when you don’t happen to be holding onto your great big book of plant identification? Point the iPhone’s camera at any plant, snap a picture of it and it gets sent to the horticultural experts behind the Garden Compass app. Not only will every plant be identified, but if the plant in question is yours and suffering from mysterious disease, you will be informed in a timely manner on what steps to take to make it healthy again.
SFG Planner for Google Chromebook
The value of some gardening apps are not immediately apparent by their name. If you have no idea what SFG stands for, you might well not see the value of this app for Google Chromebook. Square footage gardening is all about maximizing the limited square footage you have at your disposal. If you are under a deadline not for time, but space, then here’s a very easy to use, but quite useful gardening app.

Garden Insects Guide for Android
Anyone who has ever more than two days of gardening knows that insects (or pests, if you prefer) are the name of the game. Ah, but if you do prefer pests to insects, then you absolutely need the Garden Insects Guide apps. Because you will learn not only how to organically deal with pests, but how to attract insects that can actually be beneficial to your garden.
Food Gardening Guide for Android
Mother Earth News, who is behind the above gardening app, also puts their extensive knowledge muscle into the Food Gardening Guide. A true guide to gardening for food, you simply should not try growing vegetables and fruit or anything else you plan to eat without this gardening app that is a true favorite for many.
Garden Manager: Plant Alarm
Not all of anyone’s favorite gardening apps are going to become everybody’s favorite gardening app. Unless the app is so essential to gardening that there’s no way anyone could possibly find fault with it. Garden Manage: Plant Alarm is a fantastically useful app because it can remind you when your plants need watering, fertilizing, pest control and any of a number of other necessities for which you can set an alarm.
Grow Organic Herbs for Android
Herb gardening is not quite the same thing as raising orchids in a greenhouse or roses on a bush. Gardening apps with advice for growing herbs abound, but you’d better be careful because a lot of them don’t seem to have been designed by someone who has the slightest clue what they are talking about. Those gardening apps are hard to avoid trying out, but once you download Grow Organic Herbs to your Android device you will never have to worry about wasting time again. Great advice on everything you need to know about growing herbs from composting to harvesting to exactly how to use them for the greatest advantage in the kitchen.
Hydro Nerds for Android
Aside from having the single greatest name of any gardening apps known to man, this one deserves to become a favorite for anybody who is the least bit serious about plants. It may sound like an app that is a gardening game, but it is, in fact, only for those most serious-minded of gardeners who want access to expert advice on hydroponic gardening. And if you don’t know what hydroponic gardening is, this is also a useful app for expanding your body of knowledge.

The Secrets for a Lush Garden for Android
Yeah, okay, it’s a book. Which may not seem like much of a gardening app in a world overrun with more interactive and technosexier gardening apps. But what you really want from a gardening app is useful information that you can hold in the palm of your hand while out in the garden, and at the store picking out new plants. You know what I mean. The Secrets for a Lush Garden contains almost everything you really need to know to transform your plain old garden into a beautifully landscaped showpiece.
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A Glance at Enthralling Gliders!!!

Outdoor Glider is an excellent garden or yard or patio décor. Modern glider has streamlined body and slender wings. Glider uses updrafts of air and gravity to keep flying. Before selecting a glider, enough space around the garden or patio to fit the glider must be located. Gliders are always delightful. Children enjoy gliders very much. Friendship can be enjoyed by entertaining friends through a ride in the glider at the garden. Wooden gliders made up of teak or cedar wood is very popular. Children when entering a park or garden first will see the glider spot only. Different types of glider and swing sets are available both in wooden and metal. Wooden glider and swing sets are widely used. Some of the wooden gym glider and swing set has lookout tower, monkey bars, two or three seater glider and a small front ladder or rope ladder.

Loveseat Garden Glider with white cedar wood is fit for any porch or yard or lawn. Gliders made up of Teak or Cedar wood is durable, strong and light weighed. This is also free from fungal or rust. These gliders can be placed as a nice outdoor décor and can withstand any weather. The kith and kin and friends have a nice gliding time at the patio or garden. Marvelous Deluxe Glider includes a canopy top and coated nicely with natural look. The outdoor gliders are durable and grow old for generations. Nice looking gliders are not alone enough, they should be purposeful. Normally three, four and five feet gliders are made. Investing on best quality gliders will serve for generations. The gliders must be fitted with strong beams or roof so that frequent swing can be supported very well. Caring the glider is also most important. Periodical inspection of the joints the glider and swing sets and no joints get loosen. Frequent polishing the wooden gliders and cleaning it with cotton is enough. Bleaching should not be done on glider swing set. Beautiful porch glider swing sets allows you to take a deep rest and think nice memories and of course, dreaming. Beautifully designed garden swing gliders provide cool and comfort seating. These gliders have come out with natural finish and brass hardware. Garden Gliders with good materials and craftsmanship with zinc plated hardware is highly suitable and makes a complete garden or yard. Glider sets with poly wood recycled plastic in different colors are also available. Gliders with cast aluminum rust free design, powder coated Bronze finish, stainless steel hardware and brown cushion seats looks elegant.

Gliders with footrests, rockers, swings, tables and chairs made up of different types of wood with high back, lattice back are very unique and popular. Colorful Garden gliders with canopy roof with centre table offers garden convenience and comforts. Gliders with white teak or cedar have natural resistance to water and weather. Comfortable relaxation by gently gliding back and forth and recalling childhood delight is fascinating. Cedar and Teak wood glider sets are both sustainable and resistant to weather, insects and wear.

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Top 10 Low-Cost or Free Garden Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Typing on your mobile device can turn your thumbs green! Gardening apps grow abundantly. I am an enthusiastic novice-gardener; I love flowers, but rarely know what I’m doing. These gardening apps offer tips, support, and references to help me grow with my flowers!
Garden Compass Plant / Disease Identifier – FREE
Top 10 Low-Cost or Free Garden Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod TouchGarden Compass allows you to take a photo for botanical identification or remedy. This app helps users recognize surprise-sprouts, concerning weeds/ivies, or–in my case–wildflowers to add to the garden.

Garden Time Planner – FREE
This app is created by garden-seed celebrity company, Burpee! It has a thorough plant database with photos, and gardening how-to video resources. The local weather sync means you don’t have to switch apps!

GardenMinder – FREE
This app is great for hyper-scheduled gardeners like me. With all my other commitments, the automatic, weekly reminders for each garden help keep plants growing well.
Gardening: The Ultimate Guide – FREE
The tools are not exceptionally impressive, but the resources are phenomenal. The Ultimate Guide offers step-by-step start-up tips, the successful gardener profile, and–my favorite–rookie gardener mistakes. It’s like hindsight for garden-blunders!

The Plant Doctor – $2.99
Helpful even for indoor gardeners, this is a simple yes/no check-list to identify plant illnesses. Simply check-off symptoms, and The Plant Doctor offers remedies!
Garden Tracker – $2.99
Customize a digital garden bed, and track crop stats including time since watered, and time until harvest. This app also includes pest-identification with organic remedies–great for moms wanting to avoid unnecessary chemicals!
Vegetable Planting Calendar – FREE
This is not for expert gardeners! Novices will love it! This app covers very basic plants and gardening tips. It also includes an easy-to-follow icon system for appropriate planting seasons.
Garden Pro – $0.99
This app has sun, water, soil, and bloom information for over 7,000 plants, and the option to add your own! The best feature is perhaps the organizational options, allowing sorting by type, watering-cycle, and more.

Garden Master – $1.99
Garden Master’s customizable reminder tool integrates with your personal mobile calendar. It’s an easy-to-use system with one caution: Once synced, reminders are nearly impossible to remove.
Gardening Toolkit – $1.99
This app has many tools! The Toolkit can sync to your zip code to determine what flowers, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are most likely to thrive in your area! One of the best features is the links to relevant, online content. More articles about gardening apps
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Air Purifiers Cleaning The Air

The 21st Century has brought us many advances. The progress industry has been through changed everything around it and the environment is suffering its effects.

The air is the means of transportation – and consequently, the means by which microorganisms get spread, more commonly that ever before. It’s pretty easy for an epidemic to get spread through the air and it’s scary, if we take into account what happened with the Ebola virus some years ago. The whole world was afraid, even countries at the other side of the globe were praying for the virus not to get to their territory.

Directly opposite to what many people think, it is not only the “outside” that offers danger to our overall health. We are not safe even inside our homes. Believe it or not, a study developed by environment researchers found that the air inside our homes is dirtier than the air we breathe when we are walking in the street.

What are we exposed to?

We are exposed to a lot of danger when we breathe. Asthmatic people suffer even more than people who don’t have any respiratory disorders. Little children, especially newborn babies, and old people are the most predisposed to suffer respiratory disorders due to the bad condition of the air we breathe.

It’s not that hundreds of years ago, the air was safe. No, it was not. Allergens have always existed. But progress has brought us industries with their high chimneys spreading smoke, a dark and heavy smoke, into the air. We have cars that also spread smoke. These simply create high levels of pollution.

Besides the pollution, we also have the allergens in the air. And the majority of these are the ones responsible for the asthma crisis today. The smoke of a cigarette, the pollen from flowers and the thousands of different smells mixed together may lead a delicate respiratory system into a serious crisis.

In addition to that, bacteria and viruses as well as other types of microorganisms are constant threats. Due to these invisible creatures, people get pneumonia and tuberculosis, diseases that may lead to death if not treated properly.

How do we protect our loved ones?

Unfortunately, there aren’t many things we can do in order to protect our family or our environment at work. We can’t prevent pollution, allergens or microorganisms from existing in the air that we breathe and we cannot stop breathing either.

The same hand that pollutes tries to clean. Industries have developed some air purifiers in order to decrease the effects of the polluted air we breathe.

Air purifiers simply try to take from the air the allergens and some of the pollution. It’s something we can do to decrease the effects on our bodies. It is certainly necessary if we have new babies at home.

Techniques used

There are several techniques available for people who want to create a safe – or less dangerous – indoor environment with respect to the air.

Some air purifiers use adsorbent techniques and electrostatic charges and ionizers. Some others include a germicidal UV light and the emission of ions into the air in order to react with the agents that may cause health problems and reduce or eliminate them. However, there isn’t an air purifier sold for homes able to create indoor conditions as clean as those found in hospitals.

We cannot control what we breathe when we are in the street, but we can do something to avoid such side effects when we are at home.

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10 Gardening Apps With Reviews

Mix old-time gardening techniques with today’s savvy technology. Yes, your smart device is good for more than just streaming videos. Take it out to the garden with you and get higher yields or track rainfall. You may even find natural remedies lurking beneath your feet!

Here are 10 gardening apps that may work for you:
Plantifier
Plantifier is a gardening app that allows you to upload a photo of an unknown plant and then have it identified by a garden savvy community. It’s a free download. This is great during those times you ask yourself, “Are those seeds I planted sprouting or is this a weed?” The downside to this app is that feedback is not instantaneous. It can take some time as it relies on others’ willingness to help a newbie. The good news is that, so far, the community there has been really good about nurturing the tender seeds of knowledge sharing.

NatureGate ver 2
NatureGate ver 2 is a flowering plant identifier along the same thread as Plantifier, only this time, instead of a panel of experts, it asks you questions about the plant and then makes suggestions or a positive identification from a database of 702 plants. The upside to this app is that it’s instant and doesn’t rely on others to help you. The downside to the app is that it misidentifies plants or offers wrong suggestions almost as often as it’s correct. Use caution!

Mother Earth News
The app from Mother Earth News helps you with tips from how to can vegetables or jams to how to treat colds using natural remedies that might just be found in your own garden. Have problems with a weed? Look it up, and there’s likely a good use for it in the Mother Earth News app. For example, is Creeping Charlie taking over your garden? Pick it and rinse it. Use the leaves to brew a tea that will clear your lungs of congestion.

Guide to Organic Gardening
Also available from Mother Earth News is the Guide to Organic Gardening app. It’s a good reference from how to make compost tea to what soil amendments will improve your yields.The app is free and includes more than 20 articles.

Vegetable Garden Calculator
Vegetable Garden Calculator is an iPhone app that will help you decide how much of each plant you need to feed your family. So, you may ask yourself, how many broccoli plants do I need to feed four people? The answer: about 12, assuming you eat broccoli somewhat sporadically like most folks. If you’re worried about overdoing it again this year with the tomatoes, consult this app as a planning tool. The upside: It’s handy when planting and can be accurate. The downside: It doesn’t specifically take into account how much your family really consumes of any one vegetable.

Vegetable Planting Calculator
Vegetable Planting Calculator also for iPhone, is an app that’s supposed to help you know when to plant certain vegetables and whether or not they’re heat and frost tolerant. It’s a nice idea, but the app failed to score high reviews. If you still want to check it out though, you scroll through a list of vegetables and click on the one you wish to plant to find the supposed date it should be planted.

IntoGardens

IntoGardens is part magazine, part app for the iPad that offers something for everyone, from advice on growing flowers and vegetables to videos and photos with interactive captions. Visit their website to watch a video walk-through of the app’s features and get a feel for it here. As of March 2014 though, each new episode costs $4.99.

Landscapers Companion

Landscapers Companion is another informational reference tool for plants, trees and shrubs. The full version ($10) has over 26,000 searchable plants and includes useful information such as sun exposure, watering requirements, growth rate, USDA zone exposure, bloom times and more. It also allows you to add your own pictures and notes. The free version doesn’t have much to offer, but it will give you an idea how the app functions and works with a limited database to draw from.

OrganicGardening
OrganicGardening magazine has an app that’s really the best when you honestly want to get down to the nuts and bolts of how to do things. It’s a great resource, but it will set you back $12.

Gardenate

Gardenate is what I use to take notes on the progress of my garden. For example an entry under “Cucumbers” might read: “Why did I plant so many cucumbers? It’s July 20, and I have 60 cucumbers on the counter. I’ve only eaten 3 this week.” But, then I find my jumbo pickles recipe under my notes in the same app and all is well again! Besides being a garden journal, you can use Gardenate to track certain crops and their progress in the app. There’s a wealth of built-in information that’s uber useful.