During the gardening season, a muddy trail marks the route to my laptop. I am constantly running inside to look up things like planting times, cultural requirements, growth habits and plant varieties, in addition to seeking photos of plants at mature size and design ideas.
The natural next step is an iPhone app. Combine that with the booming new interest in veggie gardening and you've got the new Grow and Go Together app from P. Allen Smith and Bonnie Plants. What a great new tool for gardeners!
It's a how-to app for vegetable and herbs with all the basic information for getting things growing; when to plant, light and water requirements, and harvest information, including an option to sort by seasons. Delicious recipes follow every vegetable and herb, answering the age-old question of what to do with what you've grown. Container suggestions and garden projects round out the features on this app.
I can see gardeners, especially beginners taking this app to the garden center to help them decide what to grow among all the possibilities. After that it's a great companion for the farmer's market or grocery store to remind the cook of recipe ingredients.
For more experienced gardeners, with 50 vegetable and herb profiles and 50 recipes, it might inspire experimenting with something new or a new way to prepare an old favorite.
I just wish there was an audio version with P. Allen dispensing his gardening advice with that smooth, southern accent that makes every gardening dream seem possible.
Who knew an iPhone would end up in your garden tool tote?