Top 10 Gardening Apps for 2014

Top 10 Gardening Apps for 2014
Depending on where you live, spring is finally here, nearly here, or if you're way up north somewhere, seemingly nowhere near here. But even if you live in Calgary, the gloom will soon be replaced by the bloom, and a boom in gardening apps-- many of them absolutely free-- will help you get the most out of your garden this year. Here are ten of the best out there, in no particular order.

Garden Plan Pro ($9.99): This great iPad app is brought to you by the makers of an award-winning planner used by more than 100,000 gardeners. It's the best way to plan that bumper crop of fruits, veggies and herbs. Utilizing data from more than 6,500 weather stations around the world, this app makes recommendations for planting and harvesting based on where you live.

Gardening Guide (free): Free courtesy of Mother Earth News, this app provides pretty much all the gardening information you need at your fingertips. It offers advice on optimal harvesting, storage and even cooking.

Bugs In The Garden ($0.99): Those pesky pests can really stymie the best-laid plans of many a gardener, but with this Android app, you'll be able to quickly and accurately identify a wide variety of garden variety insects. Identify beetles, moths, aphids, caterpillars, grubs and more. Knowing your enemy is half the battle, and Bugs In The Garden lets you know what's bugging your garden.

Gardening Toolkit ($1.99-$3.99): This iPhone/iPad app from Applied Objects is an outstanding tracking tool, replete with virtual journals and to-do lists to help you plan the perfect garden.

101 Recipes ($0.99): Nature's Garden brings you this deliciously informative app brimming with healthy and delectable recipes.

Garden Tracker Bumper Crop ($4.99): This app lets you size and plan your perfect garden plot and then track your post-planting progress. You select and place squares, and schedule different treatments, such as fertilization and harvesting, for each. Also tracks yields so you can gauge the success of your various planting endeavors. Available on iTunes.

Tomato Match (free): This FREE app from the publishers of Fine Gardening magazine is all about helping gardeners find the perfect tomato variety that best suits their geographic and climatological needs. Get it on iTunes.

Garden Plate (free): Another great free iTunes app that gives you plenty of delicious, nutritious and ethically judicious vegetarian recipes. Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free eaters or just anyone looking to eat healthier won't go wrong with this app.

Fertilizer Calculator ($2.99): Available for multiple Apple devices, this app makes keeping track of when you've fertilized your plants a breeze.

AmpleHarvest (free): What to do when you've grown more food than you need? With StoneRaven LLC's free iPhone/iTouch app, you can connect with local food pantries and donate healthy, home-grown garden food to people in need.

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