The Grow Planner for iPad from Mother Earth News is a revolutionary, multi-functional garden planning tool for vegetables, fruits and herbs. It makes gardening easier by turning your iPad into digital graph paper on which you can sketch out your garden plans—plans you can take right out in the garden with you.
When you plan a garden with the Grow Planner, you specify the dimensions of your gardening area and can then draw multiple beds or other gardening elements in your layout. Next, you add what you want to grow to your plan, choosing from more than 140 crops and plants, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and cover crops. Every crop in the Grow Planner includes a detailed Grow Guide with information on the sun and soil requirements of the crop, sowing advice, frost tolerance and more.
When you add a crop, the app automatically spaces the plants and calculates how many you can fit into the area you specify. The Grow Planner is flexible, too, enabling you to add plants in traditional rows, blocks, raised beds or using the square-foot gardening method.
As you plan your garden, the Grow Planner uses your ZIP code and data from nearly 5,000 weather stations across the United States and Canada to calculate recommended planting times. For every plan you create, the app generates a planting schedule for you, showing the window of time for every crop in which you can sow seeds indoors, sow seeds outdoors and plant out transplants. Link your Grow Planner to an online account and you can even receive planting reminders based on the crops in your plans delivered by email twice a month.
With the Grow Planner app, you can browse catalogs from several major seed suppliers, add your own varieties, and even customize the spacing and planting dates for each crop. The app also provides bonus gardening content from Mother Earth News magazine, including information on garden pest control, maximizing your harvest, designing your garden with permanent beds and paths, controlling weeds, and more.
The Grow Planner app is based on the award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner software, and if you already have a Vegetable Garden Planner account, your plans will be synchronized between it and the Grow Planner.
You can create more than one garden plan using the Grow Planner, and then just scroll through your plans and edit or add notes to any plan at any time. Save plans from year to year to help with crop rotation (the Grow Planner will alert you if you violate standard crop-rotation practices) and to keep your notes handy about what worked well in your garden.
"I just downloaded your garden planning app and it is the absolutely coolest app I've ever seen. All by itself it makes owning an iPad worth it! Thank you for such an awesome program! No more graph paper and rulers for me!" - one of our customers.
This update includes important fixes and is recommended for all users.
Ratings and Reviews
Could be good but...
After signing up to the flash based desktop site and setting up my garden then deciding to purchase the app to accompany the desktop site I can see a selection of pros and cons...
The desktop app is reliable and useful but dated in its approach. As far as a design oriented application it’s quite basic and follows very few of the standardised design based keyboard shortcuts used in apps like photoshop or sketch which is a shame but not big deal for most users.
It’s a shame after paying the £19 yearly fee that I then have to pay £7 for the iPhone app without being able to test the app before purchase.
The main reason I decided to purchase the app was to, when planting, refer back to the app to see what needs planting in what month when outside in the garden but this is not shown as a global filter on the iPhone version of the app plant list which is a real shame. For example I have no way of seeing a list of plants to sow in February.
Adding the ability to filter the plant list by sowing, planting and harvest date is a invaluable feature missing from the app which sadly makes it useless for my needs.
Currently I have to take a printed copy of my lengthy plant list outside every week to check as I sow and plant.
Please please please add this feature in so I can revisit my star rating.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.