Who knew a smart phone could be good for your garden? • More than 100 software applications target your yard, helping with everything from locating supplies to fending off mosquitoes. Some are free, others cost a small fee. • Here are some, but keep in mind that Florida gardening is a world all unto its own. You'll have to be careful that harvest schedules and so forth actually match up to our growing seasons. • Not every app remains available for long or operates with every phone, so check for availability and compatibility. — Dean Fosdick, Associated Press
(iPhone, 99 cents) contains pictures and information about hundreds of plants, most of them vegetables. You also can jot down notes in a handy "My Garden" section.
(iPhone, $1.99) is an alphabetical database of 55 flowers with photos, botanical name, origins and descriptions, growing requirements, planting and bloom times.
(iPhone, $5.99) is an app from the online seed company and offers tips about growing vegetables, seed starting, soil preparation, attracting pollinators, plant histories and more.
(Android, free) pairs plants with hardiness zones and provides space for photos and journal entries. It also issues alerts telling you when it's time to water.
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(iPhone, $1.99) organizes yard tasks. Enter a list of your plants or planting sites and the app will tell you when to prune, mow, fertilize, divide and harvest, among other chores.
(Android, $6.99) is useful for selecting plants or gazing at pictures. It comes with cultivation tips, water usage, plant size and sun requirements.