4 Essential Apps for Springtime
There is a distinct freshness to spring that makes us feel like anything is possible, like we can reprioritize and start over again or pick up right where we left off before winter. Your options to take charge of the season and really make the most of it are unbounded, but there are several sure-fire ways to ensure that your spring is full of life and free of burden.
Whether you want to jet off for a last-minute break, plant that vegetable garden you’ve always wanted or make some extra money tackling that garage full of junk you've accumulated last season, The Recapp has four suggestions for making sure your season is spent wisely, productively, enjoyably—and in weather-appropriate attire!
Planting a vegetable garden can be a great way to spend time outdoors, get some exercise, spruce up your backyard and add a personal touch to future meals. There’s no better time to start planting than spring! With The Food Gardening Guide app from Mother Earth News (America’s leading magazine on organic gardening), you can discover tons of detailed tips and tricks about what to plant and when, from asparagus and artichokes to peppers and potatoes. The techniques section of the app allows you to peruse a variety of articles about how to make your garden extra special, like extending your growing season, watering efficiently and making your own potting soil—things to consider once you get the basics down.
The Food Gardening Guide app is a no-nonsense, ideal reference guide to use before you begin your veggie adventure. Plus, it’s convenient enough to join you in the backyard when it comes time to start planting. Who knew your smartphone would make such a great gardening tool? (Free for Android and iPhone)
For most of us, our spring-break days are sadly over, but that doesn’t mean booking a flight out of town after a winter funk isn’t necessary and acceptable. And while we are constantly bombarded with travel sites that can help us get to where we (desperately) want to go, the Hipmunk app seems to be the answer when it comes to keeping the agony of traveling at its ultimate lowest.
With just a few pieces of info, Hipmunk can help you plan the perfect last-minute (or carefully thought out) trip based on critical factors: cost, time of departure and length of trip—three of the most agonizing things about getting from point A to point B. The search results in this travel app allow you to see all of your airline or hotel options laid out in a visually appealing and easy-to-assess grid that ultimately makes for the best vacation, even on short notice. Who says you can’t make your own spring break? (Free for Android and iPhone)
Spring cleaning is an essential part of the seasonal process, one that makes us feel particularly refreshed and unburdened, but not until it’s complete, of course. No matter what your organizing and decluttering goals are, Craigslist is famous for being a reliable go-to spot to help you achieve them (and make some dough while you’re at it).
With CraigsPro, you can easily search and create ads for every possible spring-cleaning need in just a few swipes and taps. Give away winter coats you’ve outgrown, sell that dust-covered collection of stamps, hire someone to help you move things out or advertise the garage sale you’ll be having after you scavenge the house from top to bottom. Best of all, you can easily be notified when there’s a new listing for something you’re searching for, which is a critical feature when time is of the essence.
The quickest way to get rid of the clutter and make way for your new, easy, breezy spring lifestyle is right in the palm of your hand, and it isn’t a broom. ($0.99 for Android and $1.99 for iPhone)
Weather apps are a dime a dozen (and we all already have our favorites), but none of them really clue us in as to the type of clothes that will be sufficient for the current conditions before we head out, especially in the spring when the weather is historically unpredictable. And while no one likes to be told what to wear, everyone likes to be prepared and realistic. That's exactly where swackett comes into play.
The swackett app combines your basic weather data (temps, precipitation, radar maps, etc.) with “peeps” who are always appropriately dressed based on all of the climate factors. Whether it’s a hot, sunny day (bring water and sunglasses) or a rainy, chilly evening (bring an umbrella and throw on a lined jacket), the swackett peeps are there to help you dress better (or at least more comfortably) for the occasion. (Free for iPhone)