As we sauntor past February, the days begin to get longer and the weather picks up little by little. Spring is on the way and green thumb enthusiasts especially are in eager anticipation to get down and dirty in their patch.
Every year brings about an empty canvas to reimagine the blossoming flora surrounding patios and porches. As for those of us who live in apartments, indoor plants literally breathe fresh air into a home. Before shopping for seeds or tools, take a look at these apps to help plan, prepare, maintain and advise towards making the most of your garden.
There's nothing in life quite like savoring the fruits of our labor and what better way than to grow your own food from scratch? Vegetable Garden helps plan plots for veggies so they have all the space they need as well as featuring a detailed schedule with set reminders and alerts during the plants growing cycle. Also included is information on various vegetables and their soil preparation, harvesting and growing tips. $3
Landscapers Companion - Gardening Reference Guide
Here is an absolute guide for botanists or newcomers alike featuring an extensive database of over 15,000 plants. Each entry for the plethora of greenery is accompanied with information such as sun requirements, water usage, mature height and width and an image. It's not only good as a guide but as a personal journal with the ability to add your own pictures and notes of your own garden. $6
Also on Android - $5
For those who live and breathe green all year round there's Garden Snob, the up to date blog app for all things green. Daily news comes in the fom of gardening tips, tricks and techniques. Great for inspiration on new ideas and how to manage your own garden. With Garden Snob you can find out how to keep the garden vibrant, well managed and the best ways to maintain your vegetables. Free
Also on iOS - Free
My Garden Lite
Have all your plants laid out before you in an effective database to properly manage the particular requirements and needs with My Garden Lite. Simply input all your plants individual information such as where they are located, when they were planted, take a picture and My Garden Lite will remind you when they need to be watered based on those elements. Free
Windows Phone 7
Staying on top of your garden has never been easier. With the help of Garden 360 you can organize a journal with details like photos and in-depth notes about personal gardening activities. With the harvest tool, you can rate your plants when harvested and determine if you would like to plant them again next year. $2.50
Fans of gardening blogs Urban Gardener, Urban Veggie Garden, City Farmer, and Gardener Susan will get a kick out of Urban Gardening. This freeware application delivers the latest from these top tier urban gardening apps that have the best advice on apartment botany. Get inspired by their pictures and posts to bring a little plant life to your urban space. Free
(Images: Jason Rodway)