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Top 5 gardening apps | HouseBeautiful

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Get help for your green fingers with these top gardening apps, selected by award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw.

1. RHS Grow Your Own A go-to resource for producing your own fruit and veg. You can personalise your growing list and then a month- by-month to-do list will be created for you. The app suggests varieties, tells you when to harvest and lists common problems. You can even set it to send weather updates so you know when to protect your plants from frost or drought.
Use with iPhone and iPad
Cost Free

2. Garden Compass This one offers a plant identification tool and can help you with any plant concerns you may have. For example, you can submit a photo of a pest or disease and a horticultural expert will get back to you with advice. This US-based app has been around for a couple of years and has had rave reviews for speedy service and quality information.
Use with iPhone and iPad
Cost Free

3. My Soil From the British Geological Survey, this app lets you check the soil in your local area so you can decide which plants will grow well. You can source information about soil type, depth, pH, soil temperature and organic matter content, and the app suggests fruit and plant varieties to use in your location.
Use with iPhone and iPad
Cost Free

4. NGS Garden Finder Try this one if you’re keen to get out and about and visit some stunning gardens in the National Gardens Scheme for inspiration. It features details of more than 3,800 gardens to visit around England and Wales, with information on opening times, special events, descriptions and other helpful information.
Use with iPhone and iPad; Android
Cost Free

5. Garden Mentor Check the suitability of a plant or tree for your garden with this UK-based app featuring a plant-reference guide and management tool. It gives detailed notes on pests and diseases, propagation and plant care. You can also upload your own photos and to-do list so you can keep track of your green-fingered activities.
Use with iPhone and iPad; Android
Cost £2.49-£3.99

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