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RHS iPhone app offers drought warnings

Posted May 07 2011 3:46am

For gardeners on the move like me, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of what is happening with your garden. I have been busy working in London all week  but worrying about how my garden is coping at this peak growing time.

Thoughts such as is eveyrthing wilting in the heat, is my melon plant being eaten by slugs and are the mange tout  behaving themselves by growing up the canes I lovingly provided rather than along the ground which they seem to want to do at the moment!

Making sure I remember what to do and when in the garden is another key issues for gardeners who move around which makes the latest version of the RHS iPhone app even more useful. It even has a drought predictor which could prove useful if a drought kicks in as predicted.

Here are just some of the brilliant things it offers – like having your own personal gardening assistant!

  • Calendar function with alerts to remind you what to do and when based on your chosen fruit/veg in ‘My Garden’
  • Common problems you might encounter, with photos to help identify them, including pests and diseases and what to do about them
  • Location-aware frost warnings to help you protect your plants
  • Location-aware watering reminders and drought alerts
  • Links to the RHS plants site to buy quality RHS plants
  • Access to the RHS Grow Your Own forum, to ask questions, advice and chat to fellow gardeners
  • Content covering 20 popular fruit and veg – apple, blackcurrant, blueberry, cabbage, carrot, courgette, french bean, garlic, leek, lettuce, onion, pear, pepper, potato, radish, raspberry, runner bean, salad leaves, strawberry and tomato

For £1.79 you can purchase more content in the following bundles:

Vegetables 1: asparagus, beetroot, broad bean, brussel sprouts, calabrese, cauliflour, chinese cabbage, cucumber, endive, kohlrabi, komatsuna, Lablab beans, mizuna, okra, parsnip, pea, pumpkin, salsify, spinach, sweetcorn

Vegetables 2: aubergine, broccoli, celeriac, celery, chard, chicory, chilli pepper, Chinese broccoli, dried beans, fennel, fennel, globe artichoke, jerusalem artichoke, pak choi, rocket, shallot, soya beans, swede, sweet potato, turnip

Fruit: apricot, blackberry, cherry, citrus, cranberry, fig, gooseberry, grape, kiwi, medlar, melon, mulberry, olive, peach, plum, quince, redcurrant, rhubarb, walnut, whitecurrant

Herbs: basil, bayleaf, chamomile, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, horseradish, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, tarragon, thyme

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