Glasgow, Scotland – Companion Planting, a newly created mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, was today officially launched. The Companion Planting app allows gardeners to search for the vegetable of their choice, see a list of its companions and plant enemies, and add it to their ‘plant list’ if they decide to grow it.
App developer Fiona Alcorn reckons that using the Companion Planting app will help vegetable gardeners avoid common mistakes.
“Simply planting something in the wrong place can lead to reduced quality, size or taste of the crop,” said Fiona. “However with the new ‘Companion Planting’ app in your hands, you can plan vegetable plots for optimal yield in a few moments.”
Companion Planting has been practised for centuries and, according to Fiona who is also a home vegetable gardener, it makes the most of nature’s own pest controls, and is now widely used in organic gardening. Noting that plants have varying resistance and susceptibility to pests and diseases, Fiona said they also have differing requirements for water, shade and nutrients.
“A vegetable’s willingness to grow well alongside another is not set in stone, and varies from location to location and from one climate to another, but this app is a set of guidelines which most gardeners should find helpful,” she added. “In this time of austerity,” she contended, “many people are turning to the garden as a way to grow the family’s food and save some money. Organic gardeners will also find that their crops are naturally healthier. It will save a whole lot of time, and help gardeners on the way to bumper crops next year.”
As far as Fiona is aware, the Companion Planting app is the only one of its kind currently available on the App Store offering this kind of companion planting information and functionality.
“Having chosen all the plants they would like to grow in the vegetable garden, they can then ask the app to arrange the plants into plots, making sure that incompatible plants are never together, and maximizing growth potential by putting companions together where possible,” explained Fiona, claiming the new app is an indispensable aid for busy ‘grow-your-own’ vegetable gardeners. “Altogether this is quick and easy, and can save a vegetable gardener hours of planning. Not only is it valuable information at the fingertips, but it actually does the arranging for you, saving time and effort. Plots can be named and saved for future reference, and changed around if desired,” Fiona concluded.
* Nearly 60 common homegrown plants
* Includes vegetables, herbs and fruit
* A comprehensive database of companions and incompatible plants
* Ability to save and edit your own plots for future reference
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 2.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Companion Planting 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Located in Glasgow, Scotland, Fiona Alcorn is an independent developer whose focus is on creating unique and useful applications for the iOS platform. Copyright (C) 2011 Fiona Alcorn. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.