Five apps to help your garden flourish

Whether you have a green thumb or not, these apps will help make gardening a breeze.

It’s officially spring! And although there may still be snow on the ground, it’s that time of year when many of us are starting to think about our gardens. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or giving gardening a stab for the first time, it’s always nice to have a little help when it comes to planning and managing your plants. Instead of having to call on your grandmother (we know she’s the one with the green thumb in the family) every time you have a question about your new annuals, why not access all the info you need right from your SaskTel smartphone. Whether you’re using SaskTel WiFi or your wireless plan, these five gardening apps will make gardening a breeze.

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From Seed to Spoon Gardening
Growing a garden full of fruits and veggies that you are able to serve to your family in the form of a delicious meal is an experience to be proud of. If your goals for the spring/summer are to have a flourishing garden of fruits and veggies, this app is for you. From Seed to Spoon Gardening was created by gardeners with real life experience of growing fruits and vegetables for their family, right in their own backyard. They have taken their knowledge gained over the years and compiled it into this educational app to provide you with ideal planting dates for your area, assist in building your garden space, and help you through the growing process.

Choosing which garden vegetables to plant can be tricky if you’re not familiar with what grows best in your area. This user friendly app (which also works offline) contains details for growing a number of popular garden vegetables in a handful of countries, including Canada. The app includes a planting calendar localized to your climate zone along with tons of info on plant varieties, a plant date recorder, and ideal harvest times. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, this app is sure to keep you in the know about growing your garden.

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Garden Manager: Plant Alarm
The most common reason gardens aren’t a success is the lack of care they get. With plant care alarms, this app will never let you forget when to care for your plants. The plant photo log feature helps you track the growth of your plants and even share your photos of them. Now if you are someone who likes to get technical, there’s also an incredible feature that allows you to enter your plants measurements as they grow and that data is converted into a graph for an overall progress guide.

Is your yard looking drab but you’re just not sure what to do with it? This app helps you visualize your landscaping ideas before you even go out and get supplies. With a photo of your outdoor space, you’re able to impose a variety of plants and elements to see what everything looks like when it comes together. When you’ve completed the process in the app, it's easy to share your photos too. Whether you’re having a professional do the yard work or you’re doing it yourself, this app takes the guesswork out of your landscaping plans.

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Garden Compass Plant and Disease Identifier
Concerned about something unfamiliar growing on one of your plants but not sure what to do about it? This easy to use app allows you to search keywords to help diagnose the problem. Or if you simply just want to know what the beautiful flowers are growing in your neighbour’s yard, the app lists over 20,000 plants and can give you detailed information about each of them. Simply upload a photo and you’re given all the accurate information. Best of all, it also contains answers to over 200,000 common plant questions.

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