Loading... Please wait...


Gardening apps- the latest gardening tool you need in your pocket.

Posted by

Even though the idea of your smartphone being around so much dirt and soil may make you feel slightly uneasy, there are many apps that may help you while you garden. Some can help with keeping track of the plants you’ve planted in the garden, others can give you suggestions of what to plant, and some can even help you with growing your very own vegetable patch. Here at best4garden, we wanted to give you a rundown of some gardening apps that may be useful to you.

MySoil is an app made by the British geological survey. The makers of the app are always looking for more people to upload data, so their app can add more soil information. This app identifies the type of soils in areas around Europe. This would be particularly useful if you wanted to relocate some of your plants in your garden, or even if you’re moving to a new home and want to take your favourite plants, and want to make sure they’re happy in their new position. This clever app also tells you the pH of the soil, too, to help find out if the soil is acidic in certain areas. This app is unfortunately only available on Apple technology at the moment, however there is another app on android that is similar, called “SoilInfo.”

Another useful app is Garden time planner. This app shows you the best places in your garden to to plant fruit and vegetables, and gives you tips right up to the harvest of your own plants. This app also gives you suggestions on what to grow in your garden based on what you already have, and has a massive database of plants. Unfortunately, there is a downside with this app- When giving you plant suggestions, the app’s developer, Burpee, tries to sell you their own products, and sometimes the pop-ups can be hard to navigate away from. This app is available on both the apple store and on android.

An app that is similar to Garden time planner is an app called Homegrown. This app acts as a garden-based mobile diary, where you can note down when you planted each of your plants, add photos and note down when you need to feed them, and even make a note of pests you have seen around your plants in order to get advice. This app also gives you planting suggestions like Garden time planner. This is a great app for a beginner gardener (or a forgetful one)! So you can keep up to date with the plants in your garden. This app is only currently available to purchase within the Apple store.

A similar app to Homegrown is Grow you own, an app that is also targeted towards people who are beginners to gardening. In this app you add everything you have in your garden to their database, and the app will tell you what you should be doing with your plants at different types of the year, whether germinating or harvesting. You can also get information on diseases, pests and weeds to ensure your garden stays healthy all year round. This app is available on the Apple store, but is not yet on android.

Now, we all have unwanted plants in our garden from time to time, but imagine if there was an app to help you identify the problem and get rid of them. Well, ID weeds is an app that does just that. With this app you can identify weeds by name, a description, or if you’re a particularly seasoned gardener, it’s latin name. The app then tells you what you need to do to get rid of these plants, for good.

Finally, Landscaper’s companion is an app for people who want to know everything they can to help their plants grow. You can search through over 25.000 plants and receive information such as the plant’s desired sun exposure, growth rate, mature height, bloom times and water usage. You can also keep notes on your plants, like in the app Homegrown mentioned earlier, or even upload photos. This is a great app for people who want to know more about their plants to make sure they get enough of what they need in order to thrive.

Hopefully these apps will be beneficial to you and your garden, just make sure you keep your smartphone safe while gardening!

How to: Use and install Best4Garden HDPE Root/Rhizome Barrier.

Here at Best4Garden we have had a number of questions from our customers asking about how to use and install root barrier. In this how-to, we will explain how to install root barriers simply.If the barrier is to prevent neighbours plants entering your garden:  Dig a trench around 1 to 2 inches shorter than the barriers [...]

Read More »

2016 Summer garden trends.

As I write this, the warm weather has arrived (although who knows how long it will be for?), and it’s time for everyone to start sprucing up the garden for 2016.Many gardening trends have come and gone throughout the years, but this year, trends seem to be more relaxed and easier to replicate in your [...]

Read More »

Vibrant Flowers ready to bloom for the Summer.

The weather has started to get warmer, and I’m sure you’ve started to notice the familiar sound of a lawnmower on a Sunday morning once again. Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to spruce up your garden. This year, why not inject a little bit more colour into your garden? Here [...]

Read More »

Best4Garden's Plant Watering Guide

A common problem many customers come to us with is knowing how is best to water their plants. It is important to water plants correctly, as this allows them to breathe and protects from many common issues for plants. One of the most common causes of dying plants is overwatering, so the question is, how [...]

Read More »

Pond in a pot

For smaller diameter Waterlilies:To make a pond in a pot, you need a corkscrew rush, a dwarf horsetail, 2 water lettuces, washed gravel, 150 cm (20inches) diameter glazed bowl, or the container of your choice, pond waterproofing paint, all-purpose silicone sealant, 1 engineering brick, 2 small pots to stand marginal baskets on.Seal up any drainage [...]

Read More »

The Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I’m sure many of you have also left Mother’s Day gifts to the last Minute. A week on Sunday is that special day of the year (6th March 2016). If you’re undecided on what would be the best gift for your Mum or Mother-in-Law then I may be able to help, with my guide of [...]

Read More »

Christmas Gift Plants for the Non-Gardener

As Christmas is fast approaching finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. But fear not, with Best4Gardens wide range of quirky, easy care gift plants, there’s sure to be something for everyone. From New additions for Christmas 2015 to a wider range of our most popular flowering gift last Christmas, festive Christmas ideas can [...]

Read More »