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Grow Planner for iPad and iPhone   

The Grow Planner is available now for $7.99!

The Grow Planner from MOTHER EARTH NEWS is a universal app for iPad and iPhone that provides an easy way to plan your vegetable garden. Based on our award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner, the Grow Planner makes it simple to sketch out your growing area, add plants and rearrange them to get the perfect layout. The Grow Planner, which has just been updated to Version 2, is now available in the App Store for $7.99. There is simply no other tool out there that offers this kind of functionality. Read on to find out how this app can revolutionize the way you garden! 

As each crop is added, 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, whatever the size or shape of your beds. And with the flexibility and mobility of working on your mobile device, you can plan or add notes about your crops while out in the garden or while relaxing at home.  


Grow Planner uses an extensive database of over 200 plants and nearly 5,000 weather stations across the United States and Canada to calculate recommended planting times for your exact ZIP code. Link it to an online account and you can receive planting reminders for your own crops 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 includes information on how to grow each vegetable, fruit and herb. It also provides bonus gardening content from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, including information on garden pest control, maximizing your harvest, designing your garden with permanent beds and paths, controlling weeds, and more. At the touch of a button you can quickly share plans with friends and family by email or on popular social networks. The Grow Planner integrates with plans created on our existing Vegetable Garden Planner for PC/Mac.

Here’s a glimpse of the Grow Planner gardening app in action and a summary of what it can do:  



 Grow Planner iPhone shots


• 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.  

• Take your mobile device out in the garden with you so you have your plan while planting.  

• Notice that one variety is doing particularly well, or that one crop is having a pest or disease problem? Note it in the Grow Planner.  

• The Grow Planner includes dozens of crops: vegetables, fruits, herbs, cover crops and even plants known to attract beneficial insects.  

• Every crop in the Grow Planner includes a detailed Grow Guide, which includes information on the sun and soil requirements of the crop, sowing advice, frost tolerance and more.  

• One of the most exciting aspects of this gardening app is its ability to save you tons of time via the customized planting chart it creates based on your exact ZIP code and the crops you have added to your garden layout.

• It’s a snap to add a crop to your garden plan. For instance, touch on the screen where you want to place lettuce, then drag your finger to create a row or whole bed of lettuces. The Grow Planner will automatically calculate plant spacing and tell you how many lettuce plants you have added to your plan.  

• The Grow Planner for iPad and iPhone is now available for purchase in the App Store. Or, if you don’t have one of these mobile devices, try our desktop Vegetable Garden Planner, which provides the same great garden planning functionality for your PC or Mac.  

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2/18/2016 10:03:00 AM
So I just went to buy the app, $10.99, come on!....does it require you to be online too?

4/16/2015 7:54:50 PM
Extremely disappointing that this app doesn't provide the option to add a "keyhole" raised bed, which is a quintessential permaculture design shape. After multiple attempts to navigate the free-form design tool, I was finally able to "create" one, but then it pretty much became a nightmare when I attempted to replicate them. You have to copy & paste, piece by piece, curve by curve, brick by brick. The ultimate pain in the A$$. Why bother adding the design tool at all to create a unique design bed when it's complete & utter agony to replicate? It's pointless. Root canal is less painful! I give up. C'mon Mother, you've added all sorts of bells & whistles for other aspects of this spendy app--add the keyhole design for us Permies!

4/10/2015 11:19:13 AM
I am also bummed that this is an app for an Apple product. For those of us ALREADY paying for a subscription to your magazine you would think we'd at least get a discount for the app. Second $7.99 seems pretty high to begin with in the first place. I don't know if I would really want to pay that much since I pay for the mag already( which if you subscribe for any amount of time anyway,the recycle the same stories/ articles over again.All of my relatives told me to quit giving it to them for Christmas because of this and they didn't want us wasting our money any longer.

3/5/2015 2:38:18 AM
I hope you could include planting charts or growing seasons suitable to other regions/countries besides US/Canada. It will surely benefit the small scale farmers and gardeners around the world.

11/22/2014 11:49:00 PM
THANKS for the app on my IPAD, it works great!!!!!!

6/3/2014 1:31:34 PM

3/24/2014 5:17:31 PM
Me too am super disappointed I can't use my android...pls fix!!!

3/21/2014 6:31:18 PM
I would love to have this as an Android app. I rarely use anything other than my phone or tablet, both of which are 'droids. It would be very useful for any who choose to use it, even more so for those who are differently abled.

2/1/2014 8:16:49 AM
Add me to the list of people who would like to see this on android! I never buy apps but would have bought this one right away if it were available.

1/29/2014 11:05:31 AM
Too bad this isn't an android app :( Most people I know these days are switching to android.

11/5/2013 9:51:35 PM
I want to access my Mother Earth News Garden Planner on my iPad AND my desk top. Will that be possible? Or is it two separate programs?

10/31/2013 8:53:56 AM
Is there a reason this is only available for apple products? Would love this for my android.

7/24/2013 7:52:07 PM

Does the iPad App require the $25.00 fee that the desktop Vegetable Garden Planner requires?

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