Modern Homesteading combines the best of both worlds. We utilize the useful and quite frankly better skills of the past with the best of modern advancements. Here are a few tools that help us merge those two worlds.
1. The Food Gardening Guide
This app combines expert advice from the Crop at a Glance and the Garden Know-How departments in our Mother Earth Earth News magazine.
This app is packed full of organic growing advice and best of all it is free.
Update: Apparently this app is no longer available
2. Garden Manager: Plant Alarm
Another Free App, this one made by Lemonclip. Some of the features of this app include:
Various alarms – When you set the alarm, it will remind you on time to do the gardening task you put in.
Plant photo log – Take pictures of and make notes about your treasured plants.Also when you sow and harvest seeds, you can experience the fun of writing notes about them and keeping track of the growing progress observed in your garden.
Sharing – You can brag about your logs to your friends via facebook, twitter and so on.
3. The Gardeners Calendar
This app made by Deraign Solutions gives gardening advice and tips on all aspects of vegetable gardening. It also has a moon planting guide which is updated daily. this one isn’t free but cheap.
It contains valuable guides to all sorts of gardening jobs like how to make your compost, or what is the ‘Three Sisters gardening technique’. It also contains lots of information about the vegetable plants you want to grow, like the pH range of the soil, the type of soil etc.
There is also loads of information about the vegetables you are going to grow including the soil types, pH values, best aspect, and germination temperature which work best for them. It helps you with the timings used for sowing, planting and harvesting your crops and therefore maximizes your yields.
4. Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today by Outdoor Hub is a homesteading, agriculture, sustainable, self-sufficient forums mobile application.
Forums and magazine articles for animals, farming, soap making, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, dairy, sewing, fiber arts, crafting.
Basically it’s just a good way to access to some great articles on all aspects of homesteading and since it’s free, why not.
5. iFixit: Repair Manual
Homesteading isn’t just about about growing gardens and raising animals folks, it’s about being more self sufficient and this app helps you do that.
The world’s largest repair manual that anyone can edit! Fix it yourself with the easy to use DIY guides for pretty much everything.
They have thousands of step-by-step guides with clear images that makes it easy to repair your stuff.