It comes as no surprise that there are now some great apps to assist us with our gardening issues or problems. These apps can be used to help us design our raised bed frames, what are the best vegetables to grow in our raised beds and what is the correct soil to use and so on. Apps for raised bed gardening come either as a free resource or we can pay for these if desired.
Naturally, the paid app will be of better quality and more informational, whereas the free issue will be less detailed and more of a novelty in terms of quality and innovation. I guess it was only a matter of time that we should find ourselves having a conversation regarding this technology. The teckkie souls in the gardening world were fast off the mark and saw that there was an opening for this type of information and have duly delivered. I often wonder from time to time, which way does the equation work in terms of supply and demand. Could we say that the supply of these have apps have flooded the market before the enquiries for these even started, or, is there such a big demand from our gardeners for this type of technology and assistance. Either way the apps are available as we speak, whether we like it or not and I suspect that we will have to get used to them sooner or later.
What types of apps are available;
From a gardener’s perspective, regardless of what type of garden we have in our backyards, whether it’s a raised bed type or the open ground method, there are apps to accomodate us either way. These apps for raised bed gardening and the other methods are available from the usual supply sources like Google play store, iTunes and Amazon. How familiar are we with the phrase:…. ‘Download the app’…… I suspect, soon enough we will be saying or doing this on a regular basis.
Who would have thought, say 10 – 20 years ago that this type of technology would become part and parcel of gardening as we know it. From working the humble spade and fork, to planning a garden bed frame or designing the layout of a lawn and flower bed on a computer or ipad devise, we are now moving and gardening with the times. Planners, Draughtsmen, Draughtswomen and Architects did in the past make plans, designs and drawings for garden layouts and physically drew up these ideas in their offices and possibly charged an arm an a leg for their services. If we can use a mobile devise like an iphone or ipad, we can now do these drawings ourselves with the assistance of these applications, at the click of a button and it won’t cost us the earth.
If by chance, should we be looking at building a raised bed and we don’t know where to start or where to turn to, then this free app is a great starting point, it has a lot of ideas and designs that are very practical and easy to construct. There are also some detailed and complicated designs and images of raised beds, which would be more expensive to construct, but would look very well in our back yards or back gardens nevertheless. It’s a matter of taste and also the small matter of how far our budget would extend to make these raised beds become a reality. However there are no how-to instructions contained on this app, just basic images or photographs of these bed frames. This free app and others are available to download from the Google Play Store.
Click here for this app;
The paid apps for our gardening designs and layouts are just as similar to the free issues, but they have a little more detail and information. Price wise they are only a few dollars and are not overly expensive to purchase. Depending on the app that we are looking for, they are a great informational resourse and have a lot of data that we would be looking or searching for. Just as we went to libraries or book stores looking for books on gardening some years ago and later on we went online looking for more or the same info, this facility is now just as accessible. Indeed we could be out and about in the garden, have our mobile iphone or ipad with us and just log-in for whatever detail or planting instruction that we were looking for…it’s that easy and simple.
This app or ebook is a special introduction to the great world of raised bed gardening. It takes us on a journey through all the stages of this great past-time or hobby, from selecting the wood for the frame and on to where to locate the raised bed in our backgarden. It tells us what is the best soil to use and what are the best vegetables to grow in raised bed gardens. This in essence is the abc of gardening with raised beds and for $0.99, its a steal and well worth the money. For the beginner or novice gardener, this is all we will ever need, as it takes us through all the stages of getting started with our own gardens or raised beds. It’s a beautiful production and well presented journal on all aspects of this method of gardening.
Apps on organic gardening;
If we wished to grow only organic vegetables in our back gardens and we were at a loss at where to start or how to begin this exercise, just pop out your ipad or mobile, boot it up and hey presto, its all there at the touch of a button. Like we mentioned above, there are now, no excuses anymore. Just like everything else that goes on in our daily lives and more and more how we are beginning to grow up in a digital world, our back garden is not immune to this type of innovation or technology. There is an encyclopaedia of detail and instructions on how to do this type of gardening in this app. If we thought that standard gardening was rather difficult, then doing it organically may be challenging, never fear its all simplified right here in this app. Price for this app, $1.99, its well worth the experience.
This is a short overview and introduction to gardening from a digital perspective. Apps for raised bed gardening is here to stay and whether we like it or not, its coming our way, slowly but surely.If we thought gardening from a book was normal and a common occurence or practice, then how about doing it from our phone. It’s the same but different, if I may describe it like this. I suspect that this is not for the purist, but who knows, it just might grow on us. If you would like to join in the conversation or debate, please use the comments box below and we will get back to you in due course.
Happy gardening to all.
Cheers Phil Browne.
” Gardening is a matter of
your enthusiasm holding up
until your back gets used to it “.