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Grow Planner (Mother Earth News)

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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 in Version 2.0.3

This update is recommended for all users and provides the following improvements;

● GrowPlanner is now a Universal App! You can install Grow Planner on both your iPad and iPhone.
● The user interface has been redesigned for iOS7, with a focus on content and ease of use.
● GrowPlanner should load faster.
● Plants should be easier to selection.
● A new "move" handle has been added to selected objects.
● The Square Foot Gardening mode button is now consistently available for iPhone users.
● The Plant List should no longer scroll to the top after reading a Grow Guide.
● A number of smaller bug fixes and stability improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Time waster

I've been using this app and website for five or six years. The app is an improvement from the website planner (from a Mac) but still incredibly clunky and slow. It takes eons to make changes, move plants and load the app. Often times the app will crash and lose hours of work, but as luck has it, hours of work is only a few plants added since the app is so slow. This program has loads of potential and I keep coming back because it remembers past years plots to make crop rotation a breeze. Every year when I start working on my plans I think, the developer must have fixed this by now, especially with MotherEarthNews backing it. But so far, the answer is no. Use it if you have free time to waste, but not recommended for an impatient soul.

The worst app ever

This is the first app I've ever bought and the last. It will not allow me to do most of the features. I can't even access all the reference material and when I tried to contact customer service it drops my e mail and shows two layers of options and material on one screen please contact me so we can resolve these issues

Didn't work from beginning

Was excited about this app but it's been nothing but a problem. Customer service was personable but not helpful-- just said to reinstall the app. Said these problems "never happened!" Frustrating.
Waste of time & money until bugs are fixed. Lots of bugs now!!

Grow Planner (Mother Earth News)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2014
  • Version: 2.0.3
  • Size: 48.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Growing Interactive Limited

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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