iPhone Apps and Green Tech to Enhance Your Green Thumb
The ever present “going green” topic is back again, pairing now with iPhone apps and technology to give consumers easy access to gardening tips and other gardening information. Like any other iPhone app, these are filled to the brim with all kinds of information, whether it is inquiring about a pesky weed to various plant profiles to weather apps. There is now more than enough technology now that reduces your need for unsafe chemicals that could potentially harm both your plants and yourself.
One of the most popular green apps available is Garden Lite, which holds about 750 plant species in a plant database. Pictures, descriptions, care info, and other information pertaining to these plants are available on this app, making your search for plants easy and efficient.
Need some help deciding which plants will mingle best with each other—or better yet, need a personal gardening assistant? Grow Your Own from the Royal Horticultural Society aids those less confident gardeners, letting you create “My Garden” which allows you to enter the plants you decide to grow, giving you calendar alerts to remind you to do, what tools you need and when you need to do it.
Not sure if the timing is right for your plant of choice? Unaware of the best time to harvest or what timeline you should follow? The Organic Gardening Planting Planner is the Organic Gardening Magazine’s official app, and ensures that you plant the right plants during the right season. Overall, these apps provide iPhone, iPad, and other smart phone users the information that they need to grow successful gardens.
Right alongside these iPhone apps are other green gadgets and gardening tools that make gardening easy for any do-it-yourselfer:
- The Kusamono Lamp by Florent Coirer is a minimalist lamp that provides a stylish source of illumination for those who are short of outside gardening space. This lamp makes gardening indoors easy with a energy efficient horticultural bulb and long metal reflector that comes in various shapes and sizes to ensure that it will fit into any home.
- The Rapitest Electronic Soil Tester gives you an accurate reading of your soil’s pH, moisture, light intensity, and chemical levels then tells you which plants will work in which area of your garden space.
- The Naturemill Automatic Compost Bin transforms all of those leftover food scraps into nutrient-rich compost soil that is the perfect food for your growing plants
- The Hydroponic Window Farms allow for gardening to take on new heights in new places, in your window of course. This Window Farm allows for indoor food production even if light is absent. Full-spectrum CFL bulbs provide supplemental lighting.
It’s easy to see that with the help of a little green technology, and an abundance of interactive green thumb-inspired apps, you too can cultivate the garden of your dreams this season!