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
Mother Earth News Recommended but not so fabulous
The potential for this app, and the rave reviews that Mother Earth News gives it, had me completely hyped. I was excited to have something help me organize my garden plans with succession planting, knowing the dates and how many veggies I could grow in a space. It also boasts being able to help you the next year with rotating crops, etc. Who wouldn’t love this?! But when I started my garden plot, I accidentally hit adding a text box to the plot. I had already added in veggies. The text box would not delete. When I press “undo” it starts undoing everything else but will not delete the text box. No way. No how. I will have to delete whole plot to get rid of it and start all over. Talk about extending the amount of time I will be garden planning. Is there a way to get my money back?
I am disappointed with this app. Using the app is easier than the site but it has a lot or work to have done. Features like being able to rotate the plant should be available. I am also frustrated that there is not a list for when plants should be planted after I add them to my garden. It would be a bonus if it would add it to my calendar to remind me to plant.
This is the old version. Don’t buy it. Crashes iPad. Buy the pro version. Same price and company.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.