Monday, March 3, 2014

The Gardening Season Simplified With US Cellular #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S.Cellular customer for 10+ years.

OK~ We have tons of snow in the ground here in North Iowa, but you know what? Spring planting season will be here in no time at all. With the help of a smartphone or tablet, some creative apps, and a reliable 4G LTE network, 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. I speak from experience, as I made a note when I recently had to purchase potatoes at the grocery store: My note said: Plant more potatoes in 2014! If we had planted more potatoes, I would not have been at the grocery store purchasing potatoes in January. Hopefully Mother Nature will behave this year. Last Spring was tough, we literally mudded our garden in, so we were blessed to harvest what we did.

Two apps that I plan to implement with my U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2014 are Garden Manager and the Happy Little Farmer Lite.

Garden Manger

This free Android app, available in Google Play, is perfect for the busy gardener. The timer allows for multiple alarms to be set for watering, fertilizing, spraying pesticide or any custom task. Snap and save quick photos in the app to treasure the plants you have been growing and even share on social media. And I love sharing things on social media, so this will be an app I cannot wait to utilize!

Happy Little Farmer Lite

This free Android app, in Google Play and Apple's App Store, brings the whole family together to be involved in the garden without getting dirty. The educational app allows young children to play games that teach how fruits and vegetables grow. Kids can plow, plant, water and even chase bugs away from their own virtual garden, picking up skills they can put to use when working alongside mom and dad in their real one, creating better family moments along the way. I'm looking forward to sharing this app with my 7 year old nephew, as he loves watching our garden progress through the season.

I can tell you that our eyes will also be on the sky this Spring, as we anticipate the arrival of Spring planting.

Several device workshops are happening all across the United States. Check out when and where you can learn more about your device and how to get the most use out of it along with a gazillion fun apps to simplify your life. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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