Grow a Better Garden:
While you generally associate gardening with the great outdoors, the Internet is chock-full of websites, apps, videos, online courses, and tips for helping discover your green thumb. If you’re ever looking for advice, inspiration, or a solution to a planting problem, the Internet should be your first point of call. But a simple Google search doesn’t always point your towards the best answers, and to really find what you’re looking for takes a bit of rummaging. Fortunately, we’ve done that for you…
Just click on a category to be taken to the relevant section. Happy gardening!
Garden Squared makes planning and tracking your square foot gardens, patio container grows, seedlings, staging, and raised garden beds easy. When creating a new bed, the dimensions can be selected ranging from 1 by 1 to 4 by 8 square foot plots.
Mother Earth News has been helping readers of their magazine live self-reliant, sustainable, and meaningful lives for more than 35 years. Now available in app form, Mother Nature News offers advice on organic gardening, modern homesteading, renewable energy, and everything else you need to live lighter on this planet.
Using visual recognition software, Leafsnap identifies hundreds of tree species from photographs of their leaves. A very cool app, the only issue is that it’s U.S.-based, meaning it doesn’t work all that well for Australian species. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on it in the hope that one day there’s an Aussie version.
The ABC’s Organic Gardening Magazine is packed full of handy tips for growing your own organic fruits and vegetables, and downloaded to your smartphone or iPad, you can receive seven issues for $29.99.
Enjoyed by thousands of gardeners and landscape professionals worldwide, Landscaper’s Companion is the #1 reference guide to all plants, including trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. With information on over 26,000 plants and housing more than 21,000 pictures, this app really will be your best gardening companion.
Garden Plan Pro might look a touch expensive at $7.99, but it’s completely worth it if you want a plentiful garden. Containing a large plant database and calendar, and factoring in crop rotation and weather in your area, you can quickly identify want to plant and when to plant it.
If you’ve ever planted a vegetable and then forgotten where you put it, this iPad-only app allows you to keep a visual journal of your vegetable garden. You can also make notes such as when to fertilise.
This free app is good for figuring out when you should plant your herbs and vegetables, giving you tips all the way up until the best time to harvest your crop. Garden Time Planner provides weather tips for your area and a database chock full of plants, but something not to like is its constant push for in-house purchases.
If you’re not sure what it is that you’re planting, or what it is you have growing alongside your favourite plant, this app can help you identify it. There are over 1,000 pictures, as well as the ability to share your photos over social media.
This collection of calculators can help you design everything from the plot of land you are using for your garden to the dimensions of the fences you wish to build. Regardless of your location, it offers accurate measurements to help you in the planning stages of your new home.
Homegrown acts as a mobile diary, helping you keep track of when you’ve watered and what your plants should be looking like. Offering advice on growing times, what to grow and what pests to look out for, and even the weekly weather.
The most annoying thing about gardening is weeds, especially when you can’t identify them or where they’ve come from. ID Weeds gives you a way to figure out what kind of weed you’re dealing with, and the best way to get rid of it forever.
Grow Your Own is gardening for beginners, starting with everything you already have in your garden. This is particularly helpful when moving into a new home if you’re not sure what to do with an already established garden.
Similar to Eden Garden Design, iScape allows you to try before you buy by taking a photo of your space and uploading it to the app. From there you can add different types of grass and plants and play around with the arrangement.
If your focus is on growing fruits and vegetables, this app includes all the details on more than 30 vegetables and 10 fruits, including when to plant, tend to, and harvest your crops.
The name of this app is pretty self-explanatory. It offers information on more than 90 plants perfect for small spaces, and match your climate to the ideal plant.
As pretty as perennials are, it’s hard to know when they are supposed to bloom. This app makes picking your perennials easy, and you can find out things such as height, spacing, colours, and what insects they will attract.
Sprout It is the ultimate beginner’s guide to gardening, offering step-by-step growing instructions, cooking, and recipe ideas for your crops, and great ideas for creative garden projects.
Ever dreamed of creating your own English garden? A little more than a magazine, The English Garden offers oodles of inspiration and techniques for creating your very own country-style cottage garden.
An app version of the print magazine, Permaculture Magazine brings the bigger picture of global sustainability and makes it relevant to you and your garden. Expect anything from forest gardening to no-dig veg growing.
While this isn’t a gardening app as such, it does allow you to store and save all those great web clippings you find when browsing the Internet. Store all your garden resources in one handy app.
An essential tool for every vegetable grower, ABC’s Vegie Grower app will help both novice and expert keep track of the vegetables. Receive tips, tricks, and prompts, and keep notes about what’s happening in your vegie patch.
Garden Manager: Plant Alarm allows you to set multiple alarms to make sure you never miss watering a plant again and stay right on time with fertilising, harvesting etc. Keep track of your plants’ growing progress and share photos on Facebook and Twitter.
Whether you’re just starting out or have enjoyed gardening for years, Gardening Tool Kit offers a new way to plant and grow your garden. Designed to do what a gardening book can’t, the Toolkit offers an ever-expanding list of features that when followed will make the neighbours truly envious.
Keep track of when you plant, water, and fertilise each plant in your garden with this simple app that’s designed to keep your green thumb more organised.
While this app won’t help you to much in your real garden, it’s fun to play and let’s you practice taking care of over 20 favourites, from herbs, veggies, fruit, and flowers.
Garden Planner is a personal trainer for Australian vegetable gardeners. Using the app you’ll learn exactly what to expect of your plants and using the optional in-app subscription you can enter garden plots into your app and watch your garden grow.
Forget loading your bookshelf with heavy books about gardening - Compleat Botanica offers everything you need for gardening, landscaping, horticulture, and botany. Organise your plant pictures, discover information about your favourite plants, publish your collection online, and collaborate with other plant enthusiasts.
This software helps both new and experienced gardeners learn about common plants and provides a garden journal to help you with garden tracking activities in each of your flower beds. It can also help with garden design to remedy your garden trouble spots.
With Garden Planner you can arrange plants, trees, buildings, and objects using an easy-to-use ‘drag and drop’ interface. Use tools to quickly create paving, paths, and fencing, and print out your design.
Take a picture of your property or land space and landscape directly on top to great a realistic “before and after” photo effect of your future home.
The bright graphics of this software let you visualise the hydrangeas, rose bushes, carnations, and gerberas in your future garden. Simply resize your plot of land until you find one that fits and then finish your layout with walkways, bricks, and even patio furniture!
If you’re an aspiring farm-to-table home chef, this software offers detailed graphics of fruit-bearing trees and in-ground vegetables meaning you can come up with a plan that would rival even the most detailed restaurant garden.
Garden Puzzle offers a different view compared with other gardening softwares, allowing you to choose your background scenery and install colourful flowers, trees, and bushes that look you head on. Geared more towards flowers and shrubs than herbs and veggies, this planner helps you map out your garden to ensure adequate spacing between plants.
If the idea of starting from scratch doesn’t tickle your fancy, Gardener’s Supply offers plenty of pre-planned plots to maximise your output while minimising your efforts. Choose a theme that matches your maintenance schedule, eating habits, and land and away you go.
With Plan Garden you can layout your entire vegetable garden during a 45-day free trial period. The software includes a “when to plant” guide and a harvest estimator to give you a rough idea of how much of each vegetable you’ll yield.
With Garden Planner Online you can create your ideal garden without getting your hands dirty, customising the dimension, outline, and layout. Add shrubs, trees, a patio, and fencing, and it will give you a great idea of how your garden will feel when complete.
Produced primarily for professional landscape designers, Realtime Landscaping Architect features powerful 3D visuals, plans and presentations. Create photo-based designs, plan drawings, and even full 3D walkthroughs.
Similar to Realtime Landscaping architect, this software is more geared towards the homeowner or smaller landscape designer. Still offering advanced 3D design, you can easily generate landscape plans, patio designs, and elaborate deck renderings.
There is no need to spend a fortune on a professional garden designer when you install this unique software. With a simple click of a button you can place trees, shrubs, water features and more than 100 features such as brick pathways and wooden fences. You can even see your garden change throughout the seasons.
The most comprehensive resource for gardeners, professionals and students, the Romany Growing Plants Interactive Encyclopedia offers incredible depth of information on both wild and cultivated plants in a user-friendly interface.
The Seed Program for Windows is a database system for garden seeds. Use it to help organise your seeds, keep track of what you’ve purchased, and print a planting schedule. This software is the best way to keep track of your seed inventory.
Growit Gold offers information on native and exotic plants over 43 modules, including a 3D landscape module, diary module and planning and recording module.
Whether you’re looking to add a little colour to your garden, introduce some depth, or start your garden from scratch, 3D Garden Composer will help you create the perfect design. Software includes information on planning, designing, a plant care calendar, encyclopedia of plants, gardening tools, and diseases to look out for.
A great tool for sharing your gardening techniques, Gardener’s Journal allows you to keep track of multiple gardens, recording inventory, and important information and reminders. Gardener’s Journal is your day-to-day diary and record-keeper for all your gardening activities.
Zukeeni helps you plan a vegetable garden layout and select the right plants for your space, growing zone, and household size. It also guides you with a “to-do” list so you’ll know exactly what you need to do to maximise plant growth.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner will help you virtually build raised bed gardens that will produce abundant crop in minimal space. Grow a range of yummy vegetables just like Grandpa used to, despite not having a farm.
One Yard Revolution is all about growing a lot of food in a little land using sustainable organic methods. Promoting frugal techniques, the channel teaches you to keep costs down, keep labour to a minimum, all while building fantastic crops.
Every week join Titli in the garden as she busily grows fruit, vegetables, and flowers in her small garden on the border between England and Wales.
The Horticultural Channel is the fastest growing organic gardening channel in Europe, and offers new uploads three times a week. Keep constantly inspired and gain practical, down-to-earth knowledge for both the amateur home grower and allotment plot holder.
With more than 1300 videos, Better Homes and Gardens provides creative inspiration that can be used in any part of the garden. If you’re building a home from scratch or looking for a new project, this YouTube channel is a must watch.
Xl Aus is a relative newcomer in terms of popular gardening channels, but it’s already showing some clever and creative ways to create a garden in a coastal town. Based in Bondi, it’s a great channel for those living by the ocean.
Trish and John are gardening experts and it shines through their informative YouTube channel. With new videos uploaded every week, Trish and John offer some great tips for establishing a garden and even offer some amazing time-lapse videos of their own garden growing.
Luke is a young urban gardener who farms 100% organically and shares his garden via his YouTube channel. As well as giving advice on planting and seed saving, he also sells his own fertiliser and seeds.
Christian’s passion for organic gardening and self-sufficiency is contagious, and from the moment you watch one of his videos you’ll be wanting to try one of his practical yet brilliant ideas. Gardening from a small holding in central Victoria, Christian offers more than 350 videos on everything from natural pest control to seed saving.
John Kohler has uploaded over 800 videos on growing your own organic food at home, and in addition to showing off his own garden, he takes you to visit a huge variety of gardens to spark your interest in organic growing.
A designer, writer, gardener, and lifestyle expert, P. Allen Smith has, in addition to his successful TV program, created an entertaining YouTube channel to showcase all his wonderfully creative ideas.
A new resource on the gardening scene, Good Gardening Videos is putting together a huge collection of gardening videos featuring expert information and inspiring garden advice, and you can even submit your own!
This basic course covers a broad spectrum of gardening topics, with a strong focus being on organic gardening. Learn to successfully grow vegetables, fruit and herbs, promote flowering, care for your lawn, manage trees and shrubs, and keep your garden free from pests.
Taught by Doug Jimerson, the Garden Editor at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, this 14-part course covers basic gardening skills from starting seeds indoors to tending to your plants. While there is no active instructor participation, at $29.99 it’s a very affordable option for those looking to complete an online course.
The Academy of Art University in San Francisco offers an incredible experience for those interested in green space design, teaching you to transform urban spaces into engaging green havens. Covering everything from plant design and site planning to social factors and water features.
If you’re serious about Australian plants, this in-depth course developed by a team of experts led by author John Mason (Growing Australian Natives), offers everything you need to know about growing, planting and maintaining Australian natives.
Rachel Mathews is a garden designer from the UK, with over 20 years experience designing gardens all over the world. Her specialty is small, contemporary style, and through her online course you can learn how to transform your space into something magical without having to spend a fortune.
Soil to Supper offers garden coaching and short courses to help you find your feet in the garden. Take part in a four-part course in composting, or learn how to create a new edible or ornamental garden from the ground up.
This blog showcases Glenrock, the primary Tenterfield residence of well-known landscape designer and gardener Carolyn Robinson. From the use of wonderful stone gate pillars through to hidden fences, Carolyn shows what it is to perfect growing and displaying plants across beautiful colour combinations.
Jarratt Horton (Jim to his friends) is a 30-year-old Tasmanian and avid gardener that’s keen to share his tips and tricks for a green lifestyle. Read advice for both novice and experienced gardeners, read reviews of products, be inspired by fellow Aussie Green Thumb readers and learn basic gardening terms.
This blog tracks the ongoing changes of “Catmint’s” garden and shares thoughts and musings about anything garden related. Catmint leads a busy life in Melbourne, but whenever she can she immerses herself in the garden and writes about her experience and growing knowledge of plants.
Earthwise Gardening is a blog on organic gardening and sustainable living. brought to you by the team at Green Harvest, based on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, it offers practical advice, personal stories, and a weekly tip to introduce to your garden.
Michael Cooke is a garden designer and through his blog he details both his own and other’s designs. With regular contributions from other Australian garden designers, Michael Cooke teaches you how to make an impact with your land.
Garden Rant is one of the world’s most popular gardening blogs and has been around since 2006. Offering a number of gardening voices, it keeps you company during your green thumb antics and offers practical and entertaining advice on everything garden related.
Backyard Gardening teaches you to make the most of your outdoor spaces, guiding you through common pond water problems, composting issues, building raised beds, tomato planting and more. A great blog for the average home gardener.
The Glowpear Urban Garden combines innovative design features with robust construction to create an ideal solution for both indoor and outdoor planting. It’s designed for growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an urban environment, and its self-watering system ensures your plants thrive with very little maintenance.
A Water Saver Usage Meter is a great little device that monitors how much water you’re using, enticing you to reduce your water waste. It can also be used to ensure you do not overwater or underwater your plants.
The Gerber E-Tool Folding Shovel is one of the many diggers that doubles as a cutter and a practical dirt-pounding tool. The blade has been serrated to help dig through rough terrains and it’s reinforced powder-coated carbon steel for strength. It’s a lightweight tool that will work with just about any ground.
A stylish way to brighten up your garden is to use solar powered plant pots that illuminate your patio at night. What’s the point of having nice plants if you can’t see them at night?
Geometric designs are becoming more and more popular and geometric planters are no exception. Choose a variety of different shapes and sizes to create and unique and interesting look for your garden.
You don’t need to have a big garden to grow potatoes, with it being possible to grow hundreds of potatoes from inside a barrel. While potato barrels aren’t commonly found in Australia, it’s super easy to make your own using any type of large barrel or bucket.
Many tools these days perform multiple jobs, such as this 4-in-1 nursing tool with brush cutter, grass trimmer, pruners, and hedge trimmer.
For those that are a little vertically-challenged, trying to water hanging baskets can be a mission. But with a long coiled hose and wand, watering even the highest of plants is a cinch.
The Wall Garden's Vertical Garden is a great way for those short on space or wanting to spruce up home's exterior by having your own garden growing on the wall. It's got a simple DIY installation, and suits all types of different plants and vegetables.