Shelley Stonebrook, garden editor, Mother Earth News,, 541-286-4699
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager,, 785-274-4304 

New Garden Planner App Makes Growing Food Easier 
Mother Earth News introduces iPad version to create customized kitchen garden plans on the go 

TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 20, 2012) — Mother Earth News, the longest-running publication dedicated to sustainable lifestyles, today launched the Grow Planner app in Apple’s App Store. The new software provides users with an easy way to plan their gardens.

The Grow Planner allows gardeners to draw out their entire garden and the crops they want to grow. The interactive app simplifies the planning and planting process by automatically spacing and calculating how many plants users can grow in traditional rows, blocks, raised beds, or using the square-foot gardening method.

There are more than 140 vegetables, fruits, herbs and cover crops in the app’s database, and the Grow Planner gives gardeners planting times based on their ZIP codes and the crops in their plans. Detailed Grow Guides for each crop, which include sun and soil requirements, sowing tips, frost tolerance and more, provide an instant reference for users.

The Grow Planner gives gardeners the freedom to review their plans in the garden itself or make changes to their plans on the fly, wherever they find inspiration. Users can add notes to their garden plans, browse catalogs from several major seed suppliers, and access bonus gardening content from Mother Earth News, including information on garden pest control, maximizing harvests, controlling weeds and more.

The app will cost $9.99 until Jan. 27, $14.99 between Jan. 27 and mid-February, and $19.99 thereafter.

The Grow Planner for iPad integrates with plans created on the existing Vegetable Garden Planner for PCs and Macs. Sign up for a free 30-day trial of the desktop version and watch tutorials at

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