November 28, 2011

Android Garden Apps

I read an article this morning that has boosted an Android Phone to the top of my Christmas List this year. I have an iPod Touch and love it to death but have only tinkered with Android a few times because my in-laws bought HTC Evos for themselves and were far from ready to take on the technology of those devices. So they are constantly having me show them how to change their ringtone, download apps for the grandkids, and so on. I've always thought an Android would be nice to have someday (when Google TV takes off) but never considered it a priority..

..until now.

The only thing I like more than gardening and landscaping is technology. I like to say that I have a robotic green thumb [heh] because I love computers and shiny devices. When I read about these Android Garden Apps I just about soiled myself (pun 100% intended).

Here they are (courtesy of Android Authority):


Description: Which gardener does not want to keep a journal of all his/her plants and plots, for better tracking and management? Or, just to keep an album of one’s garden to show off to friends? Finally, here’s an app that lets you do just that.
Gardener combines task logging functionality and photo album generation so that you can keep track of the work done, as well as keep pictures and details of your precious greens and blooms. The timeline feature allows you to see the progress of your crops, as well as help you plan and prepare for future tasks such as pruning, fertilizing, even watering, by issuing reminders on due dates.

Price: FREE

I am particularly interested in this app. I like to stay organized so I'd love to log all the plants I have to keep track of and little reminders to trim, feed, water, etc. I have yet to see an app lets you control your Orbit hose timer or Orbit sprinkler systems or any sprinkler/irrigation system. I would buy that app in a heartbeat. It would probably require a special timer but it would still be worth it.


Description: If you’re into growing vegetables, you’ll find Gardenate to be handy, practical, and useful. It provides you with all the information you need to get started on your own garden, with detailed growing information, tips and hints, and local planting information for the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. What’s better is that it lets you note down best plant varieties and successes and failures. The app will also alert you on predicted harvest dates so you’re on the ready!

Price: $2.50

This app looks stellar, especially for beginner gardeners, like myself. I will definitely be putting the "Nate" in "Gardenate" once I get this app. (My name is Nate by the way)

Garden Guide

Description: This is the one-stop app for everything you’ll ever need, courtesy of America’s leading magazine on organic gardening.
Expert advice on pest control, recommended varieties and boosting yields is available under the Crops and Techniques section. More information can be had through the Resources tab, which provides access to more gardening books and products. You’ll have access to a host of news updates through Mother Earth news, plus wonderful illustrations that will make browsing a more enjoyable experience.

Price: FREE

Landscape and Garden Calculators

Description: Whether you’re a landscaper, a hobbyist, or a DIY guru, you’ll find that you’ll never have to worry about calculations again when you’re out on the yard. With just a few keystrokes, this app will make it easy for you to plan your plot sizes, fences, ponds, and pretty much any other arrangement you’ll need to spruce up your garden or lawn.
Measurements are available in the metric or English system. Need to keep records? It’s simple. Just email or text your data right from the app, or copy them to the clipboard. Plus, your GPS can help you calculate the distance between two points in just an instant[Awesome!]—how’s that for precision measurement?

Price: $7.99

I am a total geek and will use apps for just about everything. I like fitness and health apps, daily planner apps, budget apps, and so on! I plan on taking gardening to the next level once I get an Android device! I'll be sure to let you guys know which app or apps I like the best and will give thorough reviews of my own for each. Maybe I'll use my Father-in-Law's Evo to try out the free one's..


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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