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The Best Gardening Apps of the Year

 

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability for people who love gardening! If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

In addition to providing food and beauty, gardening can be a great way to get in some physical activity and stress relief. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers gardening to be a great physical activity while enjoying the outdoors.

Growing produce allows you to stay healthy by having access to fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis. And there’s a sense of appreciation and accomplishment that comes from growing and harvesting your own food. You’ll also save money on grocery trips.

Not everyone has a green thumb at first. Growing well takes time and practice, but the payoff is worth it. Whether you live in the city or suburbs, there are ways to enjoy gardening. These apps provide ideas, tips and tricks, and help you keep track of your progress. 

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GrowIt!

GrowIt!

GrowIt!

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Gardening often requires a lot of trial and error to find out what works well in your space and climate. This app takes away some of the guesswork by connecting you with a community of local gardeners who’ve done it before. In addition to having information on thousands of plants, the app lets you upload your own pictures to share projects or ask the community to identify a plant. GrowIt! also allows users to anonymously rate photos of plants in their area.

Gardroid Vegetable Garden

Gardroid Vegetable Garden

Gardroid Vegetable Garden

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Growing fruits and vegetables comes with its own unique challenges. To be successful, you’ll need to know how to plant and nourish each item. Gardroid puts all of that information in the palm of your hand. The app tells you how and where to plant and which times during each season are best for planting and harvesting different fruits and vegetables. It also offers tips for taking care of your plants and allows you to add your own notifications for each plant.

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Garden Manager: Plant Alarm

Garden Manager: Plant Alarm

Garden Manager: Plant Alarm

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

A successful gardener is nurturing and observant. But remembering everything your plants need can be challenging with a busy schedule. This app helps you keep track of it all. Set alarms for when plants need watering, fertilizing, and more. You can also keep a journal with details on each plant and take photos of them. The plant logs can also be shared on social media.

Homegrown with Bonnie Plants

Homegrown with Bonnie Plants

Homegrown with Bonnie Plants

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Bonnie Plants has been providing vegetable plants and herbs to U.S. gardeners since 1918. Now the firm has an app designed to help both beginners and experienced gardeners grow. The app provides information on more than 250 herbs and veggies and lets you take photos and log details about your own plants. The app even shows the weather prediction for your area.

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GRO

GRO

GRO

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

If you’ve never planted before, it can be intimidating to figure out where to start. GRO lets you input information about your gardening interests. Then the app references your interests with your local weather conditions and season to give you project ideas that’ll work best. The app also provides information on how to successfully complete your gardening project. You can use the app to monitor existing plants, too.

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FlowerChecker+

FlowerChecker+

FlowerChecker+

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $0.99

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, we’ve all spotted plants that we just can’t identify. FlowerChecker+ puts the experts at your fingertips. The app allows you to photograph the unknown plant and send it to a team of experts for identification. If the experts can’t tell you what the plant is, you won’t get charged the $1.00 fee per plant.

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Garden Compass

Garden Compass

Garden Compass

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Garden Compass allows you to get expert advice on more than just plant identification. The app connects you to horticulturalists with expert knowledge in your area, offering plant and pest identification as well as monthly care advice. To take full advantage of the app’s services, you’ll need a monthly or yearly membership. If you’re using the free version, there’ll be a certain number of free credits per month before you need to make in-app purchases for services.

Agrobase

Agrobase

Agrobase

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Pests can really mess with a garden’s flow. Agrobase helps you identify weeds, diseases, and insects or pests and find a solution to protect the plant. The app is designed for farmers, so it might not be ideal for a small backyard garden. Offered solutions are various types of pesticides and chemicals used to treat crops in professional farms.

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Vegetable Tree - Gardening Guide

Vegetable Tree - Gardening Guide

Vegetable Tree - Gardening Guide

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Growing vegetables is a great way to save money and eat healthy. But it can be a balancing act. You need to know what to plant and when in order to get the best harvest. Vegetable Tree gives you lots of specific information on both through its catalog. There’s also a feature that tells you which items to plant now to get the best results based on your location and season.  

GardenAnswers

GardenAnswers

GardenAnswers

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Garden Answers is another photo identification app for plants. It lets you snap a photo of any plant to find out what it is. The app itself uses image recognition to identify over 20,000 plants and then provides information on each. Plant photos that can’t be identified with technology are sent to a horticulture expert.

iScape

iScape

iScape

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: $9.99

For most people, it’s hard to visualize how to best use a space or what a project will look like when it’s finished. That’s why there are virtual design programs and apps for the home. This app does the same for the outdoors. It helps you plan and lay out a garden before your start digging. Take a picture of your yard and then use the app’s library to drop and drag different items into the space.

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House & Garden

House & Garden

House & Garden

iPhone rating: ★★★✩✩

Price: Free

House & Garden magazine has been showcasing unique indoor and outdoor designs for years in its magazine. Now you can access the magazine by app. Draw your own inspiration from beautiful backyards. Digital issues of the magazine can be purchased individually in the app or you can sign up for an ongoing subscription.

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