Gardening is a favorite past time of many people. Some like grow fruits and vegetables that they eventually eat. Others enjoy flowers and other similar plants. There are a lot of things technology can help with. Gardening is one of them. Obviously, your smartphone can’t plant seeds or weed your garden for you. You’ll have to rely on good old fashioned hard work for that. However, there are some apps that can make some of the other stuff easier. Here are the best gardening apps for Android.
Price: Free / $1.99
1Weather is about as solid of a weather app as you can get. It’ll show you the forecast, current temperature, humidity, sunrise, sunset, extended forecast, and give you a radar to look at. Weather apps make excellent gardening apps. You can let them help you plan your watering schedule as well as your actual planting and weeding schedule. You can also get notified of severe weather alerts in case you need to do something in that case. We know, it’s a bit of a cheap pick, but this one also includes as 12-week forecast for you long term growers out there.
Agrobase is one of the up-and-coming gardening apps. Its intended use is for farming. However, the same principles apply with gardening. It has a bunch of information, including info on bugs, plants, crops, and more. It takes a more practical approach with its advice as well. Gardeners can detect things like pests or particularly nasty weeds quickly with this app. It’s not complete, though. The developers plan on adding stuff in future updates. It’s worth checking to see if it has the info you need. If it doesn’t, try again in a couple of months.
Price: Free / Varies
Sometimes the best way to learn new things is to read about it. Amazon Kindle can do that. The Kindle Store has a ton of gardening books and reference guides available for purchase. They can help you learn a great deal about pretty much anything. That includes how to take care of plants, specific needs for each plant, bug species, things to watch out for, and more. Books are generally more thorough than Internet articles. It’s not one of the traditional gardening apps, but reading is how people used to learn about this stuff. It’s still an effective method today. Google Play Books and Barnes&Noble’s Nook apps are also great for this.
Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases
FlowerChecker is an identification app. You can use it to identify various species of flowers, lichens, and other types of plants. What makes this one special is that it doesn’t use a computer algorithm to figure it out. There are actual flower experts (so the marketing jargon goes) that identify them for you. The only downside is that you have to pay for each identification. There are easier ways to identify well-known flowers. However, this is a great service for those super weird ones that you just can’t find yourself. That makes it one of the more effective gardening apps.
Price: Free / Up to $14.99
Gardenize is one of the newer gardening apps. It’s kind of a gardening journal of sorts. You record your gardening areas and plants and update them as needed. There is support for photos as well as notes about your activities. It’s a good spot to monitor your progress and write down new ideas. There are some additional features as well. There is only one premium feature. You can export all of your gardening data. However, exports cost money and are available as in-app purchases.
Google’s official app is very helpful. It’s not one of the traditional gardening apps. However, there are still tons of gardening uses for it. You can use Google Assistant to set reminders for watering and weeding. You can search for information. People can even identify plants and bugs with a simple image search. You can also check the weather forecast, find advice, and get news and articles about gardening. It’s a good all around solution that is also good for things aside from gardening. You get reminders, weather, and quick searches for information all in one app and that makes Google Search a good app to try.
Maps has a ton of uses. Most use it for navigation, traffic, and finding things like restaurants. However, gardeners can use it as well. Most old hats won’t need a tool like this. However, those new to gardening may not know where the best seed stores, home improvement stores, and similar places may be. Maps can help you find them and navigate to them. Like many, it’s not one of the traditional gardening apps. It’s also practically useless if you already know the best spots in your town. However, everyone has to start somewhere and this is a good place to start.
My Garden (formerly Gro)
My Garden is a neat app for gardeners. It basically helps you set up whatever type of garden you want. You give it the info that it asks for. In turn, it gives you things like local conditions, the best seasons to grow the stuff you want, and ideas for the plants with the best chance of success. It also comes with tips and tricks for better success rates as well. This is an excellent app for beginners as well as old experts wanting to grow new things. The app is entirely free at the time of this writing.
PlantNet is a plant identification app. It is slowly getting images and categorizing tons of different types of plant life. What’s neat about this one is that you can help. Those that find plants not in the directory can snap a high quality photo and send it in. The developers will eventually add it to the database. It also features Material Design. That’s always a positive thing. The app itself is also totally free. You can have something like this along with FlowerChecker+ and you’ll likely be able to identify everything. PictureThis is another outstanding app for this kind of stuff.
Price: Free / $27.99 per month
TickTick is one of the best to do list apps on mobile. Such apps are great for gardeners. TickTick lets you set tasks with reminders. Thus, you never forget to weed the garden or water the plants. Additionally, the app supports recurring tasks for easier repetition. Finally, the app lets you keep lists of stuff that you might need to do or buy and such lists are quite useful. The app is almost entirely free. There is an optional subscription. However, you don’t need it to use the features you will probably need with this one.
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