Plant identification and advice at your fingertips: 3 of the best free gardening apps
By Hannah Stephenson. Published 2020-11-13BOLD-Technology
Want to identify a plant? Need some advice or just want to connect with other gardeners? Hannah Stephenson checks out three free apps to help you.
1. Garden Tags (Android, IOS, you can find the app here )This site is a great way to connect with other gardeners as it’s community-based, so fellow green-fingered enthusiasts can share their knowledge with you.The community of more than 100,000 gardeners not only helps identify plants, but offers gardening advice, tips and ways to tackle tasks, as well as suggesting how to deal with pests.You can share your successes and failures with a captive audience, who’ll be quick to encourage, sympathise and help. Unlike other apps, when you take a picture of your plant it will ask you to share it with the community or with friends on Facebook and Twitter for identification or advice. You can tag a question with the picture and then just wait for the community’s response.
2. RHS Grow Your Own (Android, IOS, found here )From the world’s foremost horticultural charity comes this helpful app, which does what it says on the tin.It offers easy-to-access advice about all manner of edibles, in alphabetical order, month-by-month growing, planting and harvesting guides, plus information about common problems, along with help in choosing varieties depending on space, time you have to tend your crops and your experience. It also offers reminders of what to do when.
3. Garden Answers (Android, IOS, gardenanswers.com found at this linkThis is a really easy-to-use plant identifier, that gives you an instant answer from its 20,000-plant database.Just take a picture of the plant, or load it from an existing image on your phone, and it will come back with an answer in seconds. I found it wasn’t always completely accurate, but most of the time it got it right. And it’s quick, so you’re not waiting around in your garden for a response.
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