Gardening apps for fabulous flowers, herbs and vegetables

Spring is here and flowers are starting to bloom. We've got some cool gardening apps for hobbyists and green thumbs alike.

An app called Garden Compass is great for those who need help finding essential data -- like what season a plant blooms and how much light it needs. The coolest part of the app has a plant or pest identifier.

Take a picture of the item you need help with, email it to the Garden Compass team -- and an expert will answer your question. Because the app tags your geolocation, the expert will tell you additional details based on where you live. The app is free at Apple's App store.

Garden Time Planner is great if you're schedule oriented. Just pick a vegetable, herb or flower to add to your garden -- the app tells you if you should start growing your seed indoors or directly in the garden. A checklist tells you what actions to take throughout the year. There are a few videos with planting instructions. And there's even a weather report. The app is free at Apple's App Store and Google Play.

iScape is a simple app that helps you visualize the design of a garden or yard. You take a picture of the area you want to work with -- then add details like flowers, walkways and fences. There are a few options for free, but if you want more textures and images it's going to cost $10. The app is free at Apple's App Store and Google Play.

What good is a beautiful garden if you can't share it? A social networking website called Hometalk features all kinds of domestic posts. The gardening feed has everything from tips to DIY projects. The app is free at Apple's App Store.

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