Whether you live in a house or an apartment, here are some of the biggest gardening websites, electronic booksand apps to help you grow your own green plot.
When you have free time at home, take the opportunity to add some greenery.
If you have a garden, you can grow vegetables and herbs in it or decorate it with flowers. Growing plants in apartments has been shown to improve mood and mental stability.
These gardening websites and apps contain something for both new and experienced gardeners to reap the rewards of their efforts.
A Way to Garden (Web): One of the Best Gardening Blogs for All Stages
Margaret Roach, the former editorial director of the Martha Stewart empire, started a blog and wrote a book to share her gardening secrets. A Way to Garden is one of the internet’s most popular must-have gardening resources.
the Garden Planting Calculator is a web-wide favorite. It advises you when to plant various vegetables, herbs and flowers. You’ll also get a calculation on whether you should spend a few weeks indoors with them first.
A way to garden “tasks per month” is also a popular guide to essential activities depending on the season. Roach’s advice applies to the Northeastern United States, so check the regional timeline provided and adjust accordingly. You’ll also want to take a look at the Garden FAQ, where it answers beginners’ questions on a variety of topics.
Along with these three resources, A Way to Garden is a treasure trove of knowledge for both new and experienced gardeners. You can even listen to a podcast while you take care of your little patch.
GardenBeast (Electronic books): 7 Gardening Electronic books free
Beginners can download seven electronic books free of charge GardenBeast in PDF format. You can choose to download one or all of them. And you can print them, save them to your Kindle, or read them offline whenever you want. All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter, which you can do with a disposable email address.
The seven books are:
Ultimate organic gardening for beginners
51 tips for greenhouse gardening
100 tips and tricks to improve your gardening
Herbs 101: Ultimate Guide to Herbs for Beginners
Vegetable gardening for beginners
How to attract butterflies to your garden
Live greener for a greener world
As you can see, the electronic books range from 16 to 52 pages and cover a variety of different topics. The 100 tips and tricks are extremely valuable to everyone, so get them anyway. GardenBeast is also a full-fledged online magazine with gardening news, resources and guides.
Candid (Android, iOS): The only gardening app you’ll ever need
Candide is a gardening app that can help you discover inspiration and knowledge. In the app, you’ll find places to visit, information on what to plant in your garden, and photos of the community sharing what’s happening in their gardens.
The app is like a social network for gardening enthusiasts.
Share, ask a question, identify a plant, follow, trend, weather and discovery are the main options. The big winners here are Ask and Identify. Take a picture of a plant in your garden and the app will respond. Likewise, if you ask a question, the community will share their thoughts.
Scrolling through the feed, you’ll find ideas for various gardening projects, as well as tips and tricks. Check out Candide’s content for various articles and guides, and make new green-fingered friends along the way.
Candide is available in the US, UK, Ireland and South Africa. You can also download the APK and use it anywhere in the world, but the information is localized to the above four regions.
Apartment Gardening (Ebook): Practical Guide to Gardening in Small Spaces
YoungWifesGuide.com’s Jami Leigh wrote the go-to Ebook for beginners who want to garden in an apartment or any small space. the Ebook“Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces”, is widely quoted and recommended online.
Since the book is aimed at people just starting out, it focuses on what’s important: staying on budget, making things simple and convenient for beginners, and considering space. You will learn how to choose the best location, soil and seeds for your apartment as well as planting and harvesting patterns and plant care.
The guide covers growing vegetables you can eat. Once you’ve mastered this, search the internet for other plants to grow in your apartment.
The 94-page book is available as a free download in PDF format from its website, which you can get via the link below. You can also pay a small fee to get the book and additional worksheets.
To download: YoundWifesGuide Apartment Gardening (PDF)
Charles Dowding (Web, YouTube): Discover the No-Dig Gardening Method
Since the 1980s, Charles Dowding has been writing about gardening. He pioneered the “No Dig” approach, which aims to disturb the ground as little as possible. Dowding’s philosophy is that allowing soil organisms to do what they do best would allow for natural aeration and drainage. You can use more sustainable and eco-friendly gardening practices by disturbing the soil less and feeding the organisms.
Dowding’s YouTube channel is full of awesome concept videos and other gardening info.
Watch the short video above for a 3 minute explanation of the technique from the man himself. If the No Dig method sounds interesting and you have questions, it’s probably answered in the FAQs
Start with Dowding beginner’s guide to the no-dig method. While based in the UK, he provides advice on how to adapt the practices to any situation. Dowding’s YouTube tutorials have a soothing tone that makes gardening more accessible.