From planning a garden to day-to-day care: apps and websites to help your garden flourish

From window boxes to vegetable patches, green-fingered gardeners and aspiring horticulturalists alike will find these garden planning tools a great help.

The temperatures are rising (albeit slowly),and the days are getting longer, which means one thing: spring is on the way. So it’s time to think about sorting out the garden.

Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of gardening, or if the Chelsea Flower Show is a fixture on your calendar, there’s a lot to gain from using a gardening tool. Here we’ll walk you through the best apps and websites for each level of gardener and what they offer.

Are you a complete beginner?

If you don’t know your weeds from your seeds, you need an easy-to-follow app aimed at beginners. 

My Garden (formerly known as Gro) lets you enter your gardening interests and tailors the app experience to you. And if you really don’t know where to start, just tell it where you live and it’ll suggest the plants which will grow best based on your location, climate and what time of year it is.

Grow it

If you just want some answers to your gardening queries, check out Grow It! This app connects you to a huge and thriving community of gardeners ready to answer your every question. They’ll suggest what to grow and how to go about it, as well as helping to identify plants in your garden.

Are you wondering when to plant vegetables?

Growing your own veg is one of the most appealing parts of gardening. It’s the ultimate in eco-friendly resourcefulness, and you get some tasty grub at the end of it.

But knowing when to plant your veg can be a bit of a conundrum. Thankfully, Garden Organiser is here to help. Tell it what you want to grow and it’ll give you all the advice you need. It also gives you a virtual vegetable plot so you can plan out your veg patch just as it would look in real life.

Gardroid

Gardenate takes a more simplified approach. It’s a basic calendar that tells you what vegetables to plant each month. If you’re on Android, check out Gardroid – it does much the same thing.

Are you wondering when to plant flowers?

Flowers can really brighten up a plot of land, but you’ll need to pick the right ones for the time of year if you want them to thrive. And getting them growing is only half the battle – first-timers will need constant advice on how to care for them based on the weather conditions and temperature.

Female gardener taking cuttings

SmartPlant gives you month-by-month updates on how to care for your plants, so they’ll never be neglected. Worried about pests? Agrobase helps you identify weeds, diseases and pests and tells you how to combat them to protect your produce.

Are you planning a whole garden?

It’s hard enough knowing what will grow in your area and when to plant them, but when you add designing a whole garden from scratch into the mix, it can be a daunting task, especially for a beginner.

Gardener raking soil

Better Home and Gardens’ Plan-a-Garden lets you drag and drop plants, shrubs and vegetables onto your virtual garden. You see it all in 3D too, which is much more lifelike than a 2D grid.

If you’re a little more advanced, Marshalls Garden Visualiser is for you. It works much like the Better Homes and Gardens tool, but lets you upload a picture of your home so you can see exactly how it will look. You can also add extras like paths, edgings, summerhouses, walling and paving.

Are you short on space?

We don’t all have vast expanses of green space to toy with. Many of us have to make do with a window box or a couple of flowerbeds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t flourish as a gardener. In fact, the more limited you are, the more creative it will make you.

Woman with flowerpots

Container Gardening gives you hundreds of ideas for small spaces, be it potted plants, window boxes or narrow flowerbeds. Urban gardeners and others with limited plots, will love it.

Do you need a hand with maintenance?

Getting started with a garden is often the easy part. The real challenge comes in maintaining your plants all year round.

Plant Diary

Plant Diary lets you set a reminder for each plant in your garden, so you can remember when they need maintenance or watering, while Garden Calendar lets you look ahead to the whole year, adjusting its advice based on which phase of the moon we’re in. That way, you’ll know which days of the week are best for planting, watering, weeding and more.

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