When to Plant on iTunes 

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New Gardening App Takes Guesswork Out of When to Plant 

Mother Earth News Releases ZIP Code-Tailored Crop Guide 

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 20, 2012) — Knowing the right times to sow garden crops can be a challenge, even for experienced gardeners. Mother Earth News takes the guesswork out of planting with the new When to Plant app. When to Plant is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad iOS 5.0 or later. Users can download the app for $1.99. 

The app provides concise growing information on more than 120 vegetables, herbs, fruit, cover crops and companion planting flowers – including when to start planting indoors and out, and the range of possible harvest periods. When to Plant also can recommend separate spring and fall planting dates for cool-season crops in areas with hot summers and long growing seasons. 

When to Plant uses a database of almost 5,000 weather stations across North America to find frost dates for users’ ZIP codes, and calculates the best range of planting dates for each crop. Gardeners can also access U.S. Weather Service long-range forecasts to determine if adverse weather is predicted for their area, which may influence when to plant. 

“We believe gardeners will welcome the custom planting schedules that the When to Plant app provides, conveniently combined with basic growing advice,” says Cheryl Long, editor in chief of Mother Earth News. 

Users can view plants alphabetically, by sowing month or by crops that can be planted immediately in their area. When to Plant also includes advice on soil types, sun requirements, sowing instructions, troubleshooting tips and how to harvest crops. 

Additional gardening apps from Mother Earth News are available at 

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