Five of the best apps and podcasts for new gardeners

Listen to expert advice, all you have to do is surf and stream to be up to date. Photo: Alamy/PA

If you’re new to gardening, hands-on apps and podcasts can help you develop your skills.

Whether it’s getting your gardening questions answered at a glance, identifying unknown species or listening to expert advice, all you have to do is surf and broadcast to be up to date.

Rest assured for beginners, there are plenty of options to get you on the right track…

1. Bloom

From pretty petals to weird weeds, the Blossom app helps you identify over 12,000 plants, flowers, succulents and trees.

Take a photo with your camera or choose a photo from your library, and its artificial intelligence will identify the flower or the leaf. The app also provides growing tips, plant care instructions and more. Free with in-app purchases.

2. Candid

A doorway to dig, repot and plant, think of Candide as your greatest gardening tool. A heavy tome without the filler, you’ll find everything you need to know about plants and flowers.

With video tutorials, Q&As, and plant identification, you can share messages, listen to onsite gardening news, and listen to audio tours. Plus, the app doubles as quick access to National Trust gardens and hidden gems to visit. Free.

3. iNaturalist

With iNaturalist, the focus is on connecting nature lovers and like-minded gardeners, sharing your photos, and exploring biodiversity.

With unlimited access to gardening knowledge, naturalists and scientists to help you learn more about nature, you can really get stuck in by recording and sharing your thoughts and impressions with other gardeners around the world. Free.

4. A way to garden

The garden whisperer across the pond, Margaret Roach has been recording her weekly 25-minute public radio show for more than 10 years – and has won three silver awards from the Garden Writers’ Association Of America.

Intuitive and fun, Roach has a nice style. His podcast A Way To Garden is an A-Z of caring for and growing plants from seed.

5. Gardener Question Time

With a worldwide following of avid listeners, Gardeners’ Question Time is entertaining, informative and a wonderful addition to your listening pleasure.

With a panel of horticulture experts to answer all those nagging questions and share their gardening knowledge, this is the podcast if you want to be well-informed and grow your gardening repertoire.

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