8 Garden Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

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for iPhone, iPad and Android

Have you ever used apps to plan out your garden?  There are TONS out there, so it’s kind of hard to know which give  you the most bang for your buck.  I get questions all of the time about which app I prefer.

The truth is, I still like to plan it all out with a pencil and paper {and on days when I’m feeling really ambitious, I throw in a ruler}.

Still, I have friends who love their gardening apps.  They can pull it up and browse/plan while they are waiting at the doctor’s office or grab it right in the garden if they have questions.  I totally get the appeal of having a massive reference book all smooshed down into a handheld device, so I decided to do some surveys and research on which apps are worth looking into.

garden app pro

First, the Garden Plan Pro seems to get the best overall reviews.  It is a bit pricier at $7.99, but from what I can tell, it’s like the Holy Grail of gardening apps.  You can get it for iPhone, iPads, PC, or Mac.  You can set it up to give you planting reminders {which are tailored to your specific location}, design your garden, and choose your method {i.e. container, raised beds, etc.}.  It looks pretty darn cool, and it is the only one I found that the reviews seem overall really, really good.

mother earth news app

Mother Earth News has a gardening app that is FREE and seems to get pretty good reviews.  It is called Gardening Guide.  It is iPhone, iPad, and Android compatible.  It offers resources on crops like how and when to plant, how to prevent and/or treat pests and disease, etc.  Since you can’t beat the price, it seems like a pretty good bet, plus, it’s from a reputable resource.

The Landscaper’s Companion is another app that seems to show up over and over.  It is available on both iPhone and Android.  I like this one because it includes all types of gardening {not just edibles}.  Even if you are a vegetable gardener, incorporating flowers and other plants significantly improves the overall health of your garden.  This app is kind of like an encyclopedia.  You can look for plants with various search option {deer resistant, climate, water needs} and then find out everything you could possibly need to know to plant and grow them.  It even includes images of the plants, in case you are making decisions for purely aesthetic reasons.

For Android, the Garden Manager:  Plant Alarm gets pretty good reviews.  It allows you to set alarms for planting, watering, etc.  It also gets pretty good reviews on tracking houseplants.  I like that with this app, you can take pictures of your plants and compare them year to year, and as the season progresses.  Even after all of these years of gardening, sometimes my plants will start to brown or appear to be dying back, and I wonder, “Did this happen last year at this time?”  This app would help you essentially build a personal gardening picture journal.

garden tracker app

The Garden Tracker allows you to customize your planting/gardening to your size and location of plot.  It helps you track when to water, plant, harvest, and how to do it.  You can break up your garden into sections, like window boxes, patio planters, and raised beds.  It allows you to grid your garden, making sure you have the appropriate planting space, etc.  If only it could do the weeding too.

garden app

If you are looking for a simple app, that tells you when to plant, where to plant, and how to care for your veggie garden, go with the Vegetable Planting Calendar, it’s free for both iPad and iPhone users.  It’s a very basic reference guide, but comes in handy when you need a quick overview on how to care for your garden.

Gardenate is another option in the lower price points.  It allows you to schedule your planning around fully customized plant choices.  It tracks when you planted and gives a very general overview of each plant.

Finally, the Vegetable Gardening Guide, is more of a handheld reference book.  It is unique because it offers several reference pictures, general tips, and recipes for your harvested veggies.

How about you, do you use any must-have apps to plan your garden?

~Mavis

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Growing Tomatoes and Lettuce in Our Greenhouse Garden

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Today it’s suppose to reach 80 degrees. Holy cannoli’s people, do you know what a big deal that is up here in Washington state? It’s huge! So this morning I went outside and watered all the plants in the greenhouse really good, and while I was out there I snapped a few pictures to share as well.

lettuce in greenhouse gutters

If the weather stays in the 80′s, I’m going to have to either harvest all the lettuce we have growing in gutters or transplant it to some containers and stick it under our covered porch where it stays a good 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer. We’ll see. Maybe we’ll have a scorching hot summer this year and we’ll just be out of luck when it comes to fresh salad greens until fall. :(

growing lettuce in gutters

The lettuce I started in a galvanized gutter a few weeks ago is looking pretty good if you ask me.salad garden

And so are the tomatoes and cucumbers we’ve got planted in the stock tank.

pizza garden

The pizza garden. Tomatoes, peppers, onions and basil. Yumm-o!bugs eating my pepper plants

Somethings been munching on my pepper leaves though. Any ideas of what it could be?growing lettuce and tomatoes together in the same pot

Right now I think we have about 7 tomato plants growing in containers and in each one of them I have something different planted at the base of the tomato plant. I mean why waste good unused soil, right? I typically plant lettuce and basil beneath the tomato plants but this year I’d like to try something new. What do you grow alongside your tomato plants? Do you have any suggestions for me?

herb garden

The herb garden alongside the greenhouse are doing really well right now and it won’t be to long before I’m dehydrating herbs and storing them for winter use.growing herbs in raised beds

Garlic chives, yum. Have you tried them? I think I might like them better than regular chives. :)

It’s amazing how quickly the garden starts to come alive with just a few days of warm weather. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the warm summer weather.

Bring it on!

~Mavis

You can see more pictures of our greenhouse and the progress we are making, in my Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse Series.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 5/11/14

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seattle backyard garden

It’s official. All 8 of our backyard garden boxes have been planted. :) We’ve still got plenty of seeds left to plant, {cucumbers, beans and pumpkins to mind} but pretty soon we’ll be done planting for the summer season.

wood pallet garden

Our pallet garden is full of lettuce and strawberries and it shouldn’t be to much longer before we are harvesting lettuce {we usually get our first strawberries around the end of June}.growing carrots in a raised garden beds

We’ve got winter and spring carrots in the first garden box and broccoli and peas planted in the box behind them. growing radishes and onions in a raised garden bed

Red onions and French breakfast radishes up front with red, white and blue potatoes growing in the back.
raised garden beds with tomatoes and onions

We also have white onions, and Brussel sprouts and tomatoes planted and it won’t be too long before the Brussel sprouts are taller than the onions.

spring beets planted in a garden box

Beets and one lone Swiss chard plant that survived the deep freeze this winter are up front with kale and celery in the garden bed behind them. growing cabbage in raised garden beds

And last but not least, cabbage, leeks and a big ole’  bed of garlic round out the garden boxes.magnum glass greenhouse

The greenhouse garden is coming along nicely as well. We have a bed of cabbage growing in the raised garden bed alongside the greenhouse and lots of fresh herbs too.weeds

Ahh the weeds. For the last 2 years we’ve grown pumpkins in this area but this year we decided to leave it empty to give the soil a rest. Over the past few weeks the weeds have been popping up like gangbusters so I need to get our there and pull them all up before it becomes a huge mess.

overgrown raspberry patch

Finally, a picture of our raspberry jungle. :) I noticed a few raspberry flowers are ready beginning to form on a couple of the canes and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a bumper crop this year.

How is YOUR garden doing lately?

Have you planted all your seeds yet?

Mavis wants to know.

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – In Organic We Trust

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to check out In Organic We Trust.  It is a documentary that explores exactly what it means for food to be organic.  I know lots of people who cannot afford to buy organic–so I am super curious what direction the documentary is going to go.  Hopefully, it will explain which organic choices are healthier and which aren’t worth the extra moolah.

 in organic we trust

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – April From Louisiana Sends in Her Garden Photos

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Check out this story and pictures April from Louisiana sent in for a little garden inspiration:

using milk bottles as water jugs

Howdy!

I’ve been following your absolutely wonderful blog for about a year now and I love it! My husband has been after me for a week to take pictures of the garden and I have finally done so.

greab beans growing in a garden

I started my garden in February this year. I planted from seeds into empty eggshells. This is my first year doing that, learning from Pinterest. I also have old rotisserie chicken containers that I used as small greenhouses. I transplanted in the middle, late March when the weather was nice. Then had two really cold spells. Go figure.

cucumber plants

Anyways, I transplanted them, crushing the eggshells for added calcium, and some I just tossed, halved. I have my bell pepper {not from seed} garden bed, green beans and peas, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash {with marigolds to attract some pollinators}.

corn in raised garden beds

Then my corn, first year planting them. Then some strawberries and a few herbs. Some kind of way I forgot that my herb bed is in full sun so I will be transplanting them tomorrow. I have a flower garden along side my patio and got my first lily this morning! I am hoping the others bloom quick.

using tires for gardening

And I thought I’d send in my tires just for the heck of it. The painted tires are along my driveway, for when I get the holes filled in they will keep the rocks in the driveway and not my yard. It’s was a idea that combined two things that I liked on Pinterest.

The old tree trunk that was carved out and had flowers in it, and the painted tire pyramid with flowers. Hope you enjoyed my little garden! I learned so much from you and your readers.

water jugs

Oh, I forgot. The jugs in the garden are for watering. I water the plants and fill the jugs up. I have noticed a difference, especially with my tomatoes. Last year my tomato roots were on top of the soil, due to shallow watering, this year they are well below due to the watering jugs.

~April

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If All My Tomato Plants Die, It’s Totally My Fault

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Yesterday I woke up at 2 am. Crazy, I know, but I had to pick Hulda up at 6:30 so we could catch the 7:20 ferry to Seattle for our segment on New Day Northwest and there was a lot to get done before we left.
garden dirt

So when I got home around 2pm, it was no surprise that I totally crashed for a couple of hours.
tomato plant

And when I woke up, all I could think about were the heirloom tomato plants sitting in the greenhouse waiting to be planted. So what did I do? I planted 8 of them in the garden even though I know it’s totally too early to be planting tomatoes outside.growing tomatoes in the garden

I don’t know what came over me. running with dogs

What is it about this time of year that has me so hopeful?
lucy the puggle dog

It’s like I have no self control and I have open all the seed packets I’ve been staring at all winter long and get them into the ground before my heart explodes. lucy puggle dog

I love this time of year. And who’s to say tomatoes, beans and cucumbers need to all be planted on a particular day? What if this is the year we’ll have a perfect summer and it will pay off to get those plants and seeds into the ground a few weeks early?

lucy the puggle dog

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand it anymore.

I going to get all my seeds in the ground this weekend.

All 52 million packets of them and hope for the best.

~Mavis

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Using Marigolds in the Garden to Control Pests

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Use Marigolds in the Garden to Control Pests

I love the idea of using natural gardening methods to deter pests.  One, because I am too cheap to pay for expensive chemicals, and two, because I don’t want chemicals on my food anyway.

The thing that  you have to remember with organic gardening is that it kind of takes a little more patience and tweaking than just obliterating the problem with a quick solution of chemicals.

One of the ways you can control the pest population in your garden is to use plants and flowers that naturally deter and/or attract the pests.  While there are lots of potential plants you can use, Marigolds are kind of the gold standard.  They both deter some pests from even entering your garden, and attract others {kind of like the Pied Piper of flowers, leading the pests away from your edible vegetables}.

slugs cabbage leaves

If you want to use Marigolds in your garden as pest control, make sure you get a highly scented variety.  The smell is what offends most pests.  Also, it’s kind of important to integrate the flowers right into the garden beds, not just in pots on the front patio.  In All New Square Foot Gardening, the author suggests integrating Marigolds right into one of the square foots of the garden.  That way, they are on the front line.  **Remember, though, that Marigolds are a much less intensive way to control pests, so it won’t eliminate them entirely, just deter them.

marigolds in garden

Marigolds attract pests like snails and spider mites–which can be problematic, if  you want your Marigolds to be purely for aesthetic reasons.  When I use them, I kind of use them like the sacrificial lamb of the garden.  I know that they will attract certain bugs, but it keeps them off of my edibles, so I am okay with them being under attack.

In addition to repelling certain bugs, Marigolds do their fair share in helping with feeding the beneficial bugs.  They provide nectar and contribute to the overall pollination of your garden.  The bugs that they provide nectar for, in turn, prey on pests you don’t want in your garden.  It’s the circle of life all in one little flower.

Do you use Marigolds in your garden?

~Mavis

Pictured above is One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Anastasia’s mother in her Glazov, Russia garden. You can see more photos of her parents garden HERE

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DIY Hanging Flower Basket Made with Chicken Wire and Moss

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Cone Shaped Hanging Basket

One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the moss. Weird, I know. So when I was asked to do a Mother’s Day segment on New Day Northwest I was reminded of a moss lined hanging basket I saw earlier this year at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The vendor was charging $99. I made mine for a fraction of that {under $10!}.

Luckily we have about as much moss as one could ever want growing in our backyard, so putting together a few moss lined hanging baskets was a snap.

Moss Lined Hanging Flower Basket Made Chicken Wire

Supplies

  • Chicken Wire {Home Depot sells it}
  • Wire Cutters
  • Garden Gloves
  • Moss
  • Potting Soil
  • Flowers
  • Pattern Piece {Draw out a large circle, make an X in the center and cut it in to 4 pieces}

Moss Lined Hanging Flower Basket Made Chicken Wire

Directions

Put on a pair of thick garden gloves. Place your 1/4 circle pattern piece on top of the chicken wire and cut along the edges {give yourself about an 1″ allowance}.

cone shaped basket made from chicken wire** Notice how I left the edges squared off? If you do that you will have a little extra wire to work with. You don’t have to do it but I find that shaping the basket is a little easier when I do. chicken wire hanging basket for mothers dayFold chicken wire into a cone shape.

cone shape chicken wire basketTuck the pointy bits of wire over one another to create a cone shape.

moss lined chicken wire hanging basketStuff wire cage about 2/3rd full with moss.

moss lined hanging basket cone shapedAdd a wee bit of potting soil to the center and then tuck small bedding plants {alyssum and lobelia work great} out of a few of the chicken wire combs.

making a cone shaped chicken wire basketAdd a larger, more showy flower to the top {geranium, gerber daisy, etc} and viola!

Cone Shaped Hanging Basket
An inexpensive but awesome looking masterpiece!

Now, how easy was that?

~Mavis

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Greenhouse Gardening – Planting Heirloom Tomatoes

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magnum glass greenhouse garden

Over the weekend The Girl and I planted a few more tomato plants in the greenhouse. We’ve still got another week or two before setting them outside in the garden beds {we’ve had lot’s of rain lately and it’s just not warm enough outside yet}. Our greenhouse tomato plant count is now up to 7!heirloom tomato plants in the greenhouse

I absolutely LOVE growing tomatoes in the greenhouse and I think later on this week I’ll go around and plant basil seeds around the bases of all the tomato plants. I don’t know about you, but basil and tomatoes are one of my favorite things to harvest each summer.
lucy the puggle dog

Inspector Lucy.

growing lettuce in containers

The lettuce we grew in the giant stock tanks has all been harvested. Now all that’s left is one giant pot of mesclun lettuce and 2 pots of romaine.
growing lettuce in gutters

We’ve also got another batch of lettuce growing in a galvanized gutter as well.slugs

Slugs! Grrr… have they found their way into your garden as well? tomato flowers

Our first tomato flowers.

growing vegetables in a greenhouse

I can’t think of a better hobby than gardening. With the exception of pulling weeds, gardening has got to be my hands down favorite thing on earth to do. Well, I take that back. Eating fresh baked pies and travelling are pretty high up there on the hobby list too. ;)

Gardening is RAD, no matter how you do it.

How is YOUR garden doing these days? Have you planted any tomatoes yet? If so, what kind are you growing this year?

~Mavis

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Pallet Garden Pumpkin Trellis

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Pallet Garden Pumpkin TrellisA big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

diy pallet garden trellis for squash

KK from Preppy Pink Crocodile sent in a few photos of a pallet garden trellis she  built for her community garden allotment last summer and I thought it was so clever I wanted to share it with you.

Here is what KK had to say…

I live in a city without much yard space, so I garden through an incredible community garden program here, Capital District Community Gardens.  My allotment is small, only about 200 square feet.  So I had to plan carefully to take the greatest advantage of the space.
diy pallet garden trellis for squash
I found a few wood pallets for free in an ally and planned to use them in another way altogether.  But then I decided they might make a nice climbing structure for squash and melon vines.

diy pallet garden trellis

I simply attached two hinges to the top so that I could fold and unfold the structure to my liking.  And once I liked the spacing, I nailed a scrap piece of wood to both sides to keep it solid and strong all summer.  In the fall, I just removed the nails from the scrap wood on the sides, folded it up, and easily stored it until this coming spring.

diy pallet garden trellis

I planted squash, and eventually beans too, along both sides of the structure.  As the vines grew, I helped them climb in and out of the pallets.  Not only did it save space in the garden, but it added a ton of interest too.  Sadly, I lost a lot of squash vines to nasty ole squash bugs last year.  But I learned a lot (like how to easily remove the eggs before they hatch) and will be better prepared this year.

DIY Pallet Garden Pumpkin Trellis

I actually re-used hinges from another project so the total cost was … FREE!  My favorite price!  It was also a lot of fun to be a little creative in the garden.  It was certainly an unexpected and much discussed piece in our community garden space last summer.
Wow, what a cool trellis KK! Thanks for sharing.

heat treated wood pallet
If you would like to build you own pallet garden be sure to read my Pallet Gardening 101: Creating a Pallet Garden tutorial.
~Mavis

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsVertical Strawberry Tower 

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
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