INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - Just in time for Earth Day, a free smart phone app has been released that helps homeowners and gardeners feed themselves and their families by transforming back yards into sustainable gardens.
Indianapolis-based Beefsteak Software, LLC, released "Garden Bilder" Monday. Garden Bilder enables gardeners to create a kitchen garden or orchard with the correct number of plants needed to feed a household.
You can also use the app to share the garden and any excess production over the Internet, which creates a virtual community garden.
The app was designed for urban and suburban homeowners with small plots of land. It predicts yield for each plant added to a garden design.
"Gardening in all forms is a challenging, addictive hobby," said Peter Kuhns, co-creator of Garden Bilder. "And nowhere is this more true than in the city, where gardeners are limited by tiny back yards."
The app comes with common tools to help create gardens up to an acre in size and also provides wide-row planting tools that demonstrate how much moer food can be grown on tiny plots of land.
"We created a wide-row feature we call ‘patches' that we encourage everyone to try in place of rows. It's an eye-opener to see just how much food a small urban lot can produce," Kuhns said.
Garden Bilder allows for multiple garden plans, which may help push users to move beyond summer gardening into separate early spring, fall and even winter gardens for those in southern and western states.
"One thing we learned while building this app was how large the growing window really is, even in the northern states," Kuhns said.
By modeling their backyard, then duplicating that footprint, Garden Bilder users can experiment with three-season gardens up north and four-season gardens in places such as Florida, Texas and California.
To learn more about the free app, head to its website.
State police and the Indiana Department of Transportation say public safety is being endangered by metal scrappers.
People across Indiana are bundling up against colder temperatures than parts of the state saw in either of the past two winters.
A northwestern Indiana planning board is expected to vote on whether to move forward with building the proposed Illiana Expressway that would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.