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February 21, 2014

Get ready for spring with these 3 apps for gardening

Even if it's still cold out, it's almost time to start planning a spring garden. Whether you have a full backyard garden you eat from all summer or just a few tomatoes and herbs on the porch, these apps will have you make the most of your garden

Garden Tracker

This app can take gardeners from seeds to final harvests for years.

The app has options ranging from "Mini farm" to "window box" and lets users select their initial plantings by selecting and placing squares. Throughout the growing season, the app lets users schedule different treatments, like fertilizing and harvesting, for the different squares. The app also tracks yields for different crops, creating a record of which varieties and methods were and were not successful.

The app is available for $2.99 in Apple and Android stores.

Garden Plate

If you spend spring and summer working in the garden, you'll need some new recipes for all that produce.

Use Garden Place to browse vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten-free ways to bring more vegetables into your meals.

After selecting a recipe, the app provides shopping lists for the garden or the grocery store.

The app's basic version is available for free in the Apple store.

Tomato Match

Instead of just buying whatever tomato seedlings are available at the green house, use Tomato Match to find the perfect plant.

The app, run by a database of 99 tomatoes, lets users select what they'd like in a tomato -- acidic or sweet, hybrid or heirloom -- and Tomato Match recommends varieties.

Tomato Match is available for free in the Apple store.

 

BONUS APP: Christmas MyRose

For Android users without a green thumb, there is Christmas MyRose.

The $1 app allows users to grow a virtual plant in 15 days.

Add virtual water and send pictures of your virtual plants to your friends.

 

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