Top Gardening Tech: The Best Android Apps for People with Green Thumbs

Top Gardening Tech: The Best Android Apps for People with Green Thumbs

 

With the average British gardener spending over £30,000 on their garden during a lifetime, it’s clear to see that many people value gardening highly enough to spend high amounts of hard-earned money on. In fact, recent statistics have shown gardening is growing on young people too, with more 20-somethings taking up gardening than ever before.

 

With gardening’s increasing popularity within the younger generation, gardening apps for Android have boomed. So, if you’re looking for some affordable gardening tech to accompany your green thumbs, keep reading to discover the best Android apps for the job!

 

Gardroid Vegetable Garden

 

Perfect if your green thumbs extend further than flowers and shrubs to growing vegetables, Gandroid Vegetable Garden gives you all the tips and tricks you need to have your very own flourishing vegetable patch. Featuring common vegetables almost everyone will enjoy, this app will teach you everything from planting depth to how much sun each individual vegetable needs.

 

Better still, you’re given a simple-to-use graph that spans the entire year, helping you work out when to plant and harvest each vegetable. Ideal for both beginners and more experienced gardeners who just want a helping hand, Gandroid Vegetable Garden is a great app to extend your gardening skills.

 

Weather Live Free

 

As with any outdoor hobby, the weather is always a factor that must be taken into account. But sometimes, simply using weather sites isn’t enough as they’re rarely 100% up-to-date and likely won’t give intricate-enough detail to determine your gardening schedule: this is where Weather Live Free comes in!

 

Specifically formulated for Android, this free app allows you to instantly check both local and worldwide weather, as well as accurate wind speed and precipitation statistics. Giving you a fully-detailed insight into weather you can expect in your garden, check out this weather app by Apalon Apps and you’ll easily be able to adapt your gardening schedule at the click of a button.

 

Like That Garden – Flower Search

 

Ideal if you love exploring other gardens and expanding your knowledge, this app allows you to quickly identify almost any flower or plant you may come across. Instead of a lengthy internet search trying to find the name of a particular flower that catches your eye, this app allows you to simply take a picture of the flower/plant and will identify it for you – in seconds!

 

Giving you endless inspiration for your garden without wasting your time searching for new plants yourself, a quick photograph is all you need for this app to take all the complex identification work off your hands.

 

Gardening has been a notoriously popular hobby for the older generation but, now younger people are getting green thumbs of their own, gardening apps are booming in popularity. If you’re new to gardening, or simply just want some extra inspiration to spruce up your existing garden, the above apps are great options to start with as they cover weather, vegetables, plants and flowers – everything you need to achieve that dream garden!
Emma Bridge enjoys sharing her thoughts and tips through her writing. She writes about a broad range of lifestyle topics that she takes an interest in.

Staring at the Same Four Walls: Fun Family Activities to Banish the Winter Blues

Staring at the Same Four Walls: Fun Family Activities to Banish the Winter Blues

 

If you’re like a lot of people, you battle the winter blues. By the last week in winter, you may be half out of your mind with the blahs. It happens to kids and teenagers, too. In the interest of keeping everyone happier even when stuck inside on a snowy day, we present a few family activities that banish winter blues.

 

Big box fun

 

Before the snow comes, obtain a large cardboard shipping box and save it for a snow-in. Kids can turn it into a spaceship, playhouse or submarine. Novel indoor activities that kids don’t play in summertime can provide hours of winter amusement, say parenting experts at Washington Post. Before you turn your kids loose with the box, use duct tape to close one end and reinforce the sides.

 

All kids like Legos, but they’re awful for a parent to step on in the middle of the night. Instead, let kids build fanciful structures with marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti noodles. If your little ones have energy to burn, let them wear one of your biggest tee shirts. Stuff the shirt with pillows and call a Sumo wrestling match.It’ll crack everyone up and lighten a low winter mood.

 

Read aloud. Create art. Do these things together to encourage family happiness. When it’s time to be quiet, let your kids use the  Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app from Apalon to create colorful mandalas that relax the mind and banish the blues.

 

Don’t be SAD

 

We didn’t use too many capital letters in that line. It’s an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder –a sort of depression that typically affects people between autumn and spring. SAD saps energy, decreases motivation and makes wintertime more or less miserable. Doctors say the disorder may be caused by a lack of sunshine which disturbs the brain’s natural chemical balance. The farther one lives from the equator, the more likely they are to be affected by SAD.

 

Persons suffering with SAD wake up feeling depressed. They may oversleep, overeat and crave high-carbohydrate foods. Weight gain is common in this seasonal disorder. Wintertime SAD make people more sensitive to rejection and may make it hard to get along with friends and family members. Low energy, irritability and utmost crabbiness are typical of this disorder. SAD is more than just a low mood –it’s real depression that can be treated in a number of ways, says Mayo Clinic.

 

Let the sun shine in

 

Put full-spectrum bulbs that mimic natural sunlight in reading lamps to boost a SAD mood. Dump jigsaw pieces on a tabletop and let the whole family help put it together. Crayons and coloring books are fun amusements that can take a family’s mind off the wintertime blues. An assortment of musical instruments real and handmade can provide hilarious fun for the whole family.

 

Please note that Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a serious depressive condition. If none of the above tips work, please consult your family physician.
Leo Wright has a 7 year old son and lives, together with his wife and 2 dogs, in the South-West. He writes parenting and lifestyle articles.

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