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Best Gardening Apps for 2016

With warmer temps comes a lot more green, specifically in our gardens.

If you don’t do it right, though, you can waste a lot of green, specifically from your wallet.

I have three apps to get those gardens going right.

Garden Plan Pro is one of the best all-around apps for getting your garden organized. The app helps you design your own gardens, from planting raised beds and rows to proper placement of containers. You get growing information for nearly 200 different plants plus tips on about rotating crops, when to water, even best planting and harvesting dates specific to location. The app is $7.99 for iOS.

The GrowIt! app puts a unique spin on gardening by connecting users with other nearby gardeners, who you can swap ideas with about what grows best and when in a specific location. GrowIt! Also lets you share pics of your gardening successes and learn about thousands of plants from its own database. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Vegetable Tree is specific to fruits and vegetables. The app walks you through the entire season, starting with when and how to get fruits and vegetables started – right on through to when it’s time to harvest. The simple-to-use app also includes other types of valuable gardening info, such as what to do when certain pests invade. The app is $4.99 for iOS.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.