Friday, March 21, 2014

U.S. Cellular helps your Garden Grow

Snow is really melting around here (finally!)  It's time gardening is more than just wishful thinking.  It's time for some planning.  There are some really fun apps to use, and I want to tell you about some I have downloaded on my Iphone 5s I have with U.S. Cellular and the 4G LTE network.

I am also kinda addicted to the weather, so I check out the Weather Channel frequently.  Sure, look out the window, but what's tomorrow supposed to be like? Throughout the prime gardening season, the weather can be unpredictable. It is important to keep an eye on those changing weather conditions to make sure plants are getting plenty of water and are protected from frost and cold that can be threatening for new plants. 

With the help of a smartphone or tablet and some creative apps, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and planting the seeds for savings.   

According to the National Gardening Association, an average well-maintained garden can yield up to $500 worth of produce, which can help families save money at the grocery store.  Saving money can enable better family moments by being able to use that money in other ways.

Whether the desire to see your garden blossom is driven by saving money, simply to add curb appeal to your home, or create a backyard heaven, there are a lot of great apps that can ensure you’re choosing the right seeds and plants for your climate and conditions, and protecting your investment in your garden and of course, gardening as a family can enable better family moments as you are sharing some time together.  And vegetables from all your hard work sure taste better on your plate.  Kids just might be more apt to eat veggies they helped grow!

 iScape Free:
Before tilling away at the landscape around your home, take a moment to snap a photo of your yard as it is, and use this creative app to add pathways, shrubs, lighting and flowers to view realistic renderings of your ideas. iScape Free, in Apple’s App Store, brings gardening ideas closer to reality before spending a penny.  Now with the snow melting, I can rethink the old flower bed and shrubbery that didn't make it through the rough winter.

Compass Garden Plant:
No matter the experience of a gardener, the season always seems to bring a few pests or weeds. A nuisance in the garden can ruin everything, but this app offers several product suggestions to help get rid of any number of pests. Gardeners can also take a photo of any pest, plant or weed and submit it to have it identified by a team of experts quickly so they can make sure they’re not wasting time or money treating the wrong threat. Simply download the app in Google Play or Apple’s App Store to get started.  When we first moved here, there were some raised garden beds in the backyard that had mounds of anthills in one.  We got rid of it 2 years ago, and I bet having the Compass Garden Plant app may have given me bushels of tomatoes instead of ants.

Need some help with your phone from U.S. Cellular?  How about attending a Device Workshop in your area to learn more about utilizing all that your device has to offer. 

Any helpful apps you have downloaded for use on your U.S. Cellular device, that you want to share with us here?  Please comment below.

Disclosure:  As a U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blog Ambassador, I have been compensated for my post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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