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.

What's New

Version 2.0.13

This update includes a number of fixes and is recommended for all users.

Customer 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?

Huge potential


Love this ap. Really helping me stay organized this year. Custom growing season based on my location- helping me plant my seedlings at the right time in the greenhouse and ground. Easy reference guide to planting, maintenance and companions. Easy to change and move my plan before I get started. I love it.

3stars because there really are some bugs in the ap that are frustrating. Settings/preferences never seem to stick when I change them. No ability to alter my garden size once started. Bugs in the copy and paste function. Selection and movement tools are difficult to use with precision. I expect many of these issues to be resolved in future updates - I'll be 5stars all the way when that happens.

Once the bugs are fixed there are so many more cool things they will be able to do with this program -expanded companion guide, layered plantings, etc. Huge potential. Looking forward to seeing this program take off.



I was so excited to try this out since there's no other program that I could find that does what this claims to do. Well, it doesn't do it. Along with the other complaints if an incredibly of the measly plant selection and the inability to truly customize a custom plant, it just DOESN'T WORK. For example, I switched it to "snap to grid mode" not realizing it wouldn't suit my layout style. Well, it's not possible to change it back. Not even by completely starting it over. My garden is not in strict square footage so the layouts are basically useless to me now. Add in the fact that before discovering that I learned once you put a plant down, more often than not it will not let you delete said plant if you put it down someplace inadvertently, no matter how many times you press the delete button. Had to start over from scratch.
If this program worked on even the most basic level, it would be fantastic and incredibly useful. Please please get this working or someone out there develop another program like it!!


Growing Interactive Limited
103.1 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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