Even if it's still cold out, it's almost time to start planning a spring garden. Whether you have a full backyard garden you eat from all summer or just a few tomatoes and herbs on the porch, these apps will have you make the most of your garden
This app can take gardeners from seeds to final harvests for years.
The app has options ranging from "Mini farm" to "window box" and lets users select their initial plantings by selecting and placing squares. Throughout the growing season, the app lets users schedule different treatments, like fertilizing and harvesting, for the different squares. The app also tracks yields for different crops, creating a record of which varieties and methods were and were not successful.
The app is available for $2.99 in Apple and Android stores.
If you spend spring and summer working in the garden, you'll need some new recipes for all that produce.
Use Garden Place to browse vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten-free ways to bring more vegetables into your meals.
After selecting a recipe, the app provides shopping lists for the garden or the grocery store.
The app's basic version is available for free in the Apple store.
Instead of just buying whatever tomato seedlings are available at the green house, use Tomato Match to find the perfect plant.
The app, run by a database of 99 tomatoes, lets users select what they'd like in a tomato -- acidic or sweet, hybrid or heirloom -- and Tomato Match recommends varieties.
Tomato Match is available for free in the Apple store.
BONUS APP: Christmas MyRose
For Android users without a green thumb, there is Christmas MyRose.
The $1 app allows users to grow a virtual plant in 15 days.
Add virtual water and send pictures of your virtual plants to your friends.
VIDEO: Toddler climbs into vending machine
A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a Lincoln, Neb., bowling alley Monday.
VIDEO: From infant to teen in four minutes
Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester’s time lapse video of his daughter, Lotte — created by filming her every week from her birth until she turned 14 — has become a viral sensation.
VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong
The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.
Train, entertain your pets with these 3 smartphone apps
While they may not have thumbs to use the phone, pets can benefit from smartphone apps designed specifically for them.
VIDEO: Northern California bus crash kills 10
At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.
VIDEO: Cement truck crashes into minivan
A professor at Texas A&M University was fortunate to escape serious injury recently when a cement truck ran a red light at a College Station intersection and crashed head-on into his minivan. A dash camera that Dr. Guan Zhu had installed about a year ago captured the entire incident.
VIDEO: CBS taps Colbert as Letterman’s Late Show successor
Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman reports that CBS has announced Stephen Colbert as its choice to replace the retiring David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.”
VIDEO: Nebraska prom mishap goes viral
A group of 22 high school students from Pierce, Neb., all decked out in prom finery, took an unplanned dip in a four-foot-deep pond when the bridge they were posing on for pictures gave way. Photos from the incident have gone viral on social media.
VIDEO: Aaron's historic homer
On the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run, take a look at the historic moment as it happened.
VIDEO: White House may ban selfies
The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.
- More Multimedia Headlines
- VIDEO: Toddler climbs into vending machine