Even if it's still cold out, it's almost time to start planning a spring garden. Whether you have a full backyard garden you eat from all summer or just a few tomatoes and herbs on the porch, these apps will have you make the most of your garden
This app can take gardeners from seeds to final harvests for years.
The app has options ranging from "Mini farm" to "window box" and lets users select their initial plantings by selecting and placing squares. Throughout the growing season, the app lets users schedule different treatments, like fertilizing and harvesting, for the different squares. The app also tracks yields for different crops, creating a record of which varieties and methods were and were not successful.
The app is available for $2.99 in Apple and Android stores.
If you spend spring and summer working in the garden, you'll need some new recipes for all that produce.
Use Garden Place to browse vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten-free ways to bring more vegetables into your meals.
After selecting a recipe, the app provides shopping lists for the garden or the grocery store.
The app's basic version is available for free in the Apple store.
Instead of just buying whatever tomato seedlings are available at the green house, use Tomato Match to find the perfect plant.
The app, run by a database of 99 tomatoes, lets users select what they'd like in a tomato -- acidic or sweet, hybrid or heirloom -- and Tomato Match recommends varieties.
Tomato Match is available for free in the Apple store.
BONUS APP: Christmas MyRose
For Android users without a green thumb, there is Christmas MyRose.
The $1 app allows users to grow a virtual plant in 15 days.
Add virtual water and send pictures of your virtual plants to your friends.
- CNHI News Service Originals
Police chief resigns over racial slur repost to Facebook
The police chief in this south-central Oklahoma city has resigned following a protest over a video he shared on Facebook that was captioned with a racial slur.
Airman laid to rest back home in Indiana six decades after death
Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of an Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.
Elderly woman accused of killing 89-year-old husband
An 83-year-old woman, described as "a loose cannon" by her landlord, has been arrested in this Buffalo suburb for beating her 89-year-old husband to death.
Judge's wife admits she spiked his wine with antifreeze
The wife of a prominent local judge in Ohio pleaded guilty to poisoning her husband's nightly glass of wine in an agreement with prosecutors that resulted in the dropping of an attempted murder charge against her.
Left tallies 'true cost' of coal with a political calculator
Weighing the "true cost" of coal-based energy is politically convenient. In a "true cost" world, coal may be more expensive but alternate energies aren't affordable, either; you don't get a tax break on your mortgage; and the feds don't protect the United Auto Workers from Chrysler's bankruptcy.
VIDEO: Chicago's Skydeck ledge cracks under tourists
While tourists were standing on the Willis Tower Skydeck, a glass ledge suspended 103 floors above Chicago, cracks began forming beneath them.
Police: North Carolina woman hid meth in child's riding toy
A North Carolina woman was arrested on several drug charges after police say she hid an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine in her son’s riding toy.
Reality replaces Obama's foreign policy promises
Terrorists were supposed to disappear and tensions would dissolve between the United States and other countries when President Barack Obama took office. But prize-winning promises don't hold up to real-life Chinese hackers, attacks on U.S. diplomats and Russian land grabs.
VIDEO: Dad arrested for throwing baby in pool
A Phoenix man was charged with child abuse after throwing his 23-month-old daughter into a pool. He was moved to prison infirmary this week after other inmates attacked him.
Mountain biking, rollerblading edge out baseball, football for some athletes
High-profile teams - in sports like basketball, baseball and football - face declining membership among the youngest players. At the same time overall participation in youth sports is growing. The nature of youth athletics is changing.
- More CNHI News Service Originals Headlines
- Police chief resigns over racial slur repost to Facebook