Apps may get more attention, but they’re small potatoes compared with the software and online programs already at work or being tested for horticultural use. “Even more impressive is that the stations’ online software can be set to notify growers with a phone call or text if something goes awry like a sudden pressure drop from a broken irrigation pipe, a well running dry or a decline in temperature posing a frost threat in the spring,” he said. Growers can access vineyard information, work orders, fertilizer and irrigation programs, graphs, and a variety of viticulture tools from tablets or smart phones in the field. Gardeners can specify the size and location of their plant sites and “My Garden Designer” does the rest, creating “recipes” for easily planted containers or flowerbeds. Users customize their profiles by supplying their zip codes to receive a continuing series of tips on flower or vegetable gardening via text messages or email alerts.
Via: Home and Gardening