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What are ‘apps’?
Apps (short for application software) are computer programmes designed to carry out specific jobs, such as show weather forecasts, maps, TV schedules etc. There are around half a million apps in Apple’s App Store (accessed via iTunes on a Mac or via an iPhone or iPad) and over 200,000 in the Android Market or directly to a phone or tablet running Android.

What gardening apps are there?
There’s a relatively limited selection of apps relevant to gardening. However, they do exist and some of them won’t cost you a penny to buy. Here’s our pick of free apps for iPhone and iPad users:

  • Garden ID

Designed for American growers of veg, so the planting times aren’t accurate, but there are useful tips and descriptions of hundreds of varieties.

  • Get Growing

This BTCV app allows you to calculate how much food you could grow in your garden and how much cash it could save you versus shop-bought food.

  • Kew

Discover what’s in bloom at Kew today, view recent photos of plants in flower and use an interactive map of Kew and augmented reality.

  • Google

The search engine also has a feature called Google Goggles, where you can take a photo of a subject and it’ll tell you what it is. Not foolproof, but useful.

  • Amazon

The world’s biggest online store is useful if only to see how other shoppers have reviewed a garden product you’re thinking of buying.

  • Facebook

Meet like-minded gardeners by ‘liking’ Amateur Gardening’s Facebook page. Join in on discussions and post your gardening photos.

  • My Weather

Slickly designed weather app gives you maps and hourly and 10-day forecasts for multiple locations of your choosing in the UK.

  • National Trust

Search for NT events in your area or find out about a specific property anywhere in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

  • Grow Your Own

Loads of information on growing fruit and veg, together with when to sow, grow, harvest, common problems and recommended varieties.

  • You could also include an app for gardening services such as GoFantastic.