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6/3/2011 11:07:00 AM

Tags: gardening advice, apps, app, iphone, ipad, technology

Food Gardening Guide 2013 Lead Image ArtGardeners, rejoice! You can now have all the gardening info you need right out in the garden on your mobile device. MOTHER EARTH NEWS is excited to announce our Food Gardening Guide resource, which provides detailed information on growing many major garden crops, including tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions, garlic, spinach, squash, melons, radishes, lettuce, potatoes, carrots and many more. The Guide provides loads of expert advice and it’s easy to use. Simply tap on a crop, and find out all the essentials about growing it in your garden: how to plant, when to plant, how to prevent pests and diseases, types and varieties to try, how to save seeds from the crop, and more. 

In addition to crop-specific advice, this resource also provides thorough information on several gardening techniques, including watering, crop rotation, garden fencing, cover crops, transplanting, improving your soil, vertical gardening and many more. Just tap on a category, and you’ll get all the info you need. For example, tap on “Wise Watering,” and get the breakdown on all things watering, including soaker hoses, harvesting rain water and mulching to retain water.  

And the cost of the Food Gardening Guide resource? Free!  

MOTHER EARTH NEWS has long been a trusted voice in the gardening world, and we’re thrilled to offer our gardening know-how in this new format. We’ll update this resource anytime we have new crop-specific or technique-specific gardening articles to share.  

Get our Food Gardening Guide app!

Available for both Android and Apple smartphones and tablets at the following links:

Don’t forget to visit the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Apps page for information about all of our app offerings, including even more organic gardening techniques and crop-by-crop growing guides.

Please feel free to contact MOTHER EARTH NEWS with your questions and concerns regarding our smartphone and tablet apps. Visit our App Support page for more information.

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11/17/2014 6:30:34 PM
How about a garden growing app for those of us who just have a windows pc?

6/3/2014 1:22:49 PM
I really would like to get the food and gardening free app but can't figure out how to access it. I've gotten other apps on my samsung galaxy 3 android tablet without any trouble. Can someone, anyone, please tell me how to do this.

12/27/2013 11:33:17 AM
This site is great! I was getting a new grill put in my backyard by and was talking about I needed to help my garden look better and he suggested this site. It has some great tips and things on it! Thank you!

5/13/2013 12:29:31 PM

Thank you all for your thoughtful insights!

The Food Gardening Guide no longer exists as a stand-alone app. We had noticed that this version was glitching for some of our users. To provide a better user experience, we have incorporated the Food Gardening GUide into our brand new MOTHER EARTH NEWS library app. (Both the app and Food Gardening Guide are free!) This content is currently available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play for applicable phone and tablet devices. Just search "mother earth news" in one of these app stores.

As an added bonus, the new Food Gardening Guide has been updated with several new crops, including information about our favorite varieties and how to grow them.

The blog above has been edited to express these new developments.

We hope to make the Food Gardening Guide available to as many readers and device users as possible in the future. Check our main apps page (linked to in this blog) for updates.

The comments on this blog will be monitored in the future. Your questions and concerns help us provide the best products possible, so please continue to share your thoughts.

Best wishes from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS app team!

Robert Barry
4/6/2013 12:03:33 PM
How about one for a PC

Telleha Cichantek
3/30/2013 1:29:20 PM
I place a third vote on Android apps!!!

3/24/2013 12:35:50 AM
I don't use a smart phone. Can you do an APP for my PC or maybe a Kindle? Thanks, Charlie

Demetrius Tsiamis
3/21/2013 8:03:35 PM
I vote android too!

Roger Alder
3/6/2013 2:58:33 PM
how about some apps for android??????

1/20/2013 9:09:22 PM
When will you update or add to the articles on the garden guide? I've read them all and still refer to the adds here, they're great, but look for new material. I also have the canning guide, but don't see the value of the chicken guide, personally. Every hatchery, blogger, and magazine dealing with chickens has ample information. I would like to see a general livestock guide app. Or possibly one for sheep, one for cattle, one for geese, and so on. I'm going to buy a pair of geese soon and would like more information on care, housing, diseases, parasites, and interaction with other animals, etc. Excellent magazine/apps! Thanks.

Leslie Freeman
12/30/2012 1:22:41 AM
What about something for Kindle??

Leslie Freeman
12/30/2012 1:22:27 AM
what about something for Kindle.?

12/29/2012 9:37:51 PM
what about the people that think it's smarter NOT to have a "smart" phone??

11/16/2012 11:08:05 PM
Get basic,

6/4/2012 2:37:38 AM
I'm plain and simple kind of person---I want something for my PC!!!

5/26/2012 7:26:16 PM
would like the app for a PC as well. Not all of us use an iphone or ipad.

Jeanne Murray
4/5/2012 3:29:09 PM
where is the app for PC?

Kelsey Trabue
4/2/2012 2:02:07 PM
We would love to see this on an Android as well! I am an editor for, an app review site. We actually just posted a review of the Food Gardening guide app for the iPhone in our 4 Essential apps for springtime, you should check it out!

Barb Sawyers
3/15/2012 12:35:34 PM
Would really love to have this app to use on my new DROID RAZR. Please get us an app!

Melissa Richards
2/15/2012 4:28:27 PM
MotherEarth news! Seriously...eight plus months, and there is still no droid app? Why would mother earth news patronize a company that is so notorious for being proprietary and censorous? Open sourced OS phones, such as droid, ect are more than twice the marketspace of its Ipad/phone competitors. For the "rest of us," please make the conversions to offer this to droid users. Sincerely, a MEN subscriber

Keith Spencer
2/15/2012 4:04:12 PM
Where is the link?

2/10/2012 6:24:34 PM
How about the same application for PC/Mac? Not everyone has or needs a fancy phone. If you've gone to the trouble of creating a phone app, it shouldn't be that difficult to convert it to (probably *back to*) a computer application.

elizabeth nelson
9/27/2011 1:34:57 AM
one more voice for droid!!

Melissa Burton
9/19/2011 3:00:32 AM

8/17/2011 6:09:38 PM
The app sounds really nice, and I would love to see it, but I have a Windows-7 phone. Please consider making usable for my phone, and others who have Windows_7 phones.

Wil Skeen
8/17/2011 8:41:17 AM
Yes to Android version!!! Mother Earth News - stop making iPhone only apps. You really need to release your apps for both platforms simultaneously or release the Android version first. Android OS accounts for almost half of the world's smartphone users - a bigger market than iPhone and windows phones combined!

Dennis Martin
8/14/2011 7:37:48 PM

8/12/2011 5:00:41 PM
Apple?Are they still in business? I would also need a Droid version.

Dirty Dirt Digger
8/12/2011 1:19:30 PM
I DIVORCED my i-phone last year, and now have a Droid X. Can you please design an app. for the Droid. Thanks in advance.DDD

James Hawkins
8/9/2011 9:34:19 PM
Sounds like a great app. Too bad there isn't a Droid version for the rest of us.

Gordon H
8/9/2011 2:45:47 PM
Windows Phone Version?

8/9/2011 12:04:35 AM
PLEASE i just want to know how to grow cauli and brocolli flower vegges and other vegetable.thank you

8/5/2011 10:33:28 AM
Yes--Android version, pretty please!?

amanda pike
7/31/2011 11:54:38 PM
android > apple

Joseph Wellner
7/30/2011 2:06:44 PM
Droid version is necessary!

Hayley Griffen
7/30/2011 1:43:18 PM
so, what about us folks who don't have an iphone? i don't have an android phone, either. i kind of feel like iphones and fancy gadgets aren't exactly part of the "simple life" i'm striving for. i have the least expensive touch phone (samsung) from the least expensive provider (cricket) i could get. but i'd still like to access this app.

7/29/2011 9:24:31 PM
droid version needed

7/29/2011 4:23:15 PM
I'd like the Droid version also!

kim j
7/29/2011 2:51:52 PM
I would like the Droid version too.

david p
7/29/2011 2:24:05 PM
Make the app for android os and then you'll have something we can all use. There is life beyond apple!

Danielle Carson
7/29/2011 12:06:19 PM
I second the request for a Droid version! Please and thank you!

7/29/2011 9:02:39 AM
what a great app!

Mark S
7/29/2011 8:54:35 AM
How about an Android version!?!?!?

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