Category Archives: iPhone Apps

iPhone App of the Day: Gardenate

Gardenate

Once again this is a paid app and will set you back $1.99.  However for the keen veggie gardener it is certainly a worthwhile investment.  I have been using this app for a couple of years now.  This app is easy to navigate and is great to keep on hand while you are out in the garden.

This application is great in its simplicity.  However I will share some screen shots.  Once you have your temperature zone (Adelaide is temperate) worked out everytime you press the icon on your phone it will give you a list of plants that you can grow for that month.  Plus with a swipe either way of your phone you can see what should have been planted last month and what can be planted next month.

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Once you have selected what type of plants you would like to grow the app will give you more detail on the plants.  It will give you information such as when to grow, any special instructions in regard to growing, crop rotation details and compatability with other plants.

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The app also has tools such as a garden diary (My Garden), an area to enter other notes and an extensive plant list with plant details.

As previously stated this app is a must for every keen kitchen gardener with a smartphone.

5 stars

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iPhone Gardenate

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iPhone App of the Day: Shop Ethical!

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Now I will be straight up and this app is not a free one and will set you back $4.49.  In saying that I do believe I have certainly got my money worth from it and it has opened my eyes into how the corporate world works and is even linked.

This app is not really practical to take shopping with you as (depending what product or company you are researching) there can be a lot of information to read.  It is probably better to write a shopping list out and then research from there (otherwise it could be a long shopping trip).

There are several things I like about this app.  Firstly it is quite easy to navigate.  It will tell you if the product is Australian made.  It will also tell you who the parent company is eg. Uncle Tobys is owned by Nestle.

The information provided by the app is quite extensive.  There are different levels products are ranked.  The best ranked products have a bold green circle with a bold green tick.  If the products are Australian made they have a picture of Australia next to the ranking.

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The worse ranking products receive a bold red circle with a bold red line through it.

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Once you press the information icon detailed information becomes available.  For the following example of the detailed informtion I will use Nestle.

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Nestle Australia is in fact owned by the parent company Nestle.  While Nestle Australia claim to be a GE-Free brand and are a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant.  However Shop Ethical! are calling for a boycott of Nestle primarily due to the activities of the parent company.  These reasons include:

  • The irresponsible marketing of infant formula in developing countries leading to infant deaths.  The boycott was reinstated due to a perceived non-compliance to World Health Organisation Code regulations.
  • Control of water in North America.
  • Irresponsible marketing (especially in relation to baby formula).
  • Promotion of bottled water.
  • Child labour: for continuing to buy cocoa from the Ivory Coast, despite the use of forced child labour in that country.
  • Workers rights.
  • Water pollution in China.
  • Poor wages for coffee farmers.

While that may be enough to convince you to boycott the company, it is clear that educating people on these types of issues does place pressure on companies.  It was about 2010 when the pressure was applied to companies regarding the use of palm oil.  Since then and it has been noted that Nestle have made some changes.  In 2011, Nestle received a score of 8 out of a possible 9 in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard.

As you may be able to tell the information is quite detailed.  It is an  interesting exercise to go through your pantry.  I was in fact quite horrified the first time around.  However the app can be quite empowering as it allows you to make an informed choice and it is relatively easy to find an alternative.  It also allows you to take your research  on a particular product further, as there are hyperlinks to other organisations for more information.

Shop Ethical! also has its own website that gives you further information about the community based, not-for-profit organisation and network, plus reinforcing product information.

For those that want to be informed about the products they buy this app is worth the investment.

5 stars

iPhone App of the Day: Plunder

Plunder: The 100% Free recycling classifieds.

This app has so much potential once more people get on board. Haven’t found any items posted up in my area to date. Many posts appear to be located around the Sydney area.

Certainly relates back to my earlier post titled – The 5th “R”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, REDISTRIBUTE.

2 stars(Certainly has potential once more people are using it.  Will keep an eye on this app.)