Get those green fingers working on your phone before you let them loose in the garden. There’s a great range of apps that can help you get more out of your gardening projects.
Plan something from scratch, design borders, beds and features in your dream garden. Find out anything you need to know on the spot – like when to plant bulbs, when to dead-head and whether you can get away with chopping that buddleia right down in October.
You’ll be able to find answers to your gardening questions right then and there, without having to head inside to look it up online or in a library book. So you can get more done and spend more time enjoying your handiwork.
Veg Garden for Android (free)
Fancy going self-sufficient? As fruit and veg get more expensive, it’s even more tempting to live off the land. Plan your vegetable patch or allotment with the Veg Garden app, and get hints on when to sow, feed, water and harvest your crops. You can also store notes on all your plants – so you know you need to pull the carrots up earlier next year, or build a greenhouse for the tomatoes.
RHS Grow Your Own app for iPhone (free)
Not sure where to start? Get a helping hand choosing the fruit and veg you’d grow best with this app from the Royal Horticultural Society. The built-in calendar reminds you when to tend to your plants, and alerts you when frost or droughts are due in your area, so you can make sure your garden’s always well looked after.
Garden Planner for iPhone (£2.49)
Create a mini journal for your garden with this planning app. Add tasks to a ‘To-do’ list so you know what the weeks and months ahead hold. And see growing guides for hundreds of plants in the UK and Ireland. With advice on soil preparation, varieties and common problems, it’s ideal for inexperienced gardeners – and children will love finding out about the fresh produce they can grow too.