LikeThat Garden App: Planting the Right Garden for You

by Becky Elmuccio on May 21, 2015

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for LikeThat. All opinions are my own.

As I am sure other parents can identify with, “I need an app for that” seems to apply to every search for efficiency and time management around the home. As I said the other week, we are in a transition into me working more outside of the home. I am slowly coming to reality of what that means for the garden here. Recently, I started using the LikeThat Garden app in order to capture ideas as I go for walks around town.

LikeThat Garden App Planting the Right Garden for You

I am in search of perennial flowers that are low maintenance. These are ideal for me to continue to have a garden that I love to look at, cut flowers from and can maintain with our busy schedules. Annuals are of no interest as of now and I’m looking for plants that bloom at different times of year and are of various heights. This helps me to add depth and continual blooms to the garden as we keep it low maintenance and on budget.

So, I took my new app out for a test drive over to one of my favorite gardens in our area. They have a great easy to care for garden on a hill similar to our front yard hill. It is filled with sedums and other flowers, but I wasn’t sure what the flowers were. It’s a cascade of pinks, whites and purples and I love when it blooms each spring. I love it and would like to replicate the effect at our home. In their strip of land between the road and the sidewalk, they have stunning Irises. So, I used the app to capture a picture, choose which flower it is and save it to my favorites. I can access the picture and my search history whenever I activate the app.

LikeThat Garden App Photo Grab

LikeThat Garden App Ideas

LikeThat Garden App Info Page

 

In addition to getting suggestions as to which flower you photographed, you can click on each option and be taken to a Wikipedia page where you can figure out if the plant is a perennial or annual and if it fits your zone. You can also make it a favorite to save the info for later. To say that I am going to be using this app on every walk to amass a master list for the front hill transformation would be an understatement. I can’t promise that I won’t pull the car over on errands and hop out to use it too. It speaks to the research happy history major that I was. No longer will I wonder what a flower is and with the visual and text components, I’ll start adding the information to my own memory for when Tomato asks. Of course, once I show her the app, I may also not get the phone back and we’ll be off on a great homeschool style science tangent.

So, if you know someone who is always asking “What flower is that?” or a would be gardener who doesn’t know if certain flowers can work in his/her garden, I highly recommend the LikeThat Garden app. Get outdoors, walk, do a color walk with the kids to collect info about flowers of different colors and enjoy building your fantasy garden. Grab the app for FREE for iOs or Android and explore!

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

by Becky Elmuccio on May 5, 2015

Phew! The last year has been a great whirlwind of launching a new business, being a wife and mother and homeowner. It’s been a while since I’ve hopped into this space and I am going to be launching a lot of changes in the next few months. The first big change is that I have rolled over my URL to now be www.beckyelmuccio.com. I’ve ben thinking of rebranding for a while and as I started my social media management business, I kept thinking that I would like for the blog to be a bit more lifestyle based and even include the not-so-crunchy green things that we do. I’d like to be able to pop in here and talk about education as we supplement what Tomato is learning in school, talk more about how we are aiming to be debt free and what it is like to care for a home and garden when both parents are working and we don’t hire a housekeeper. That last one is a work in progress, but it relates back to wanting to pay down our debt, so we’re striving for balance and on occasion the sink has no dishes in it. On occasion.

In addition to my URL changing, I’ve updated my Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts to reflect the shift away from Crafty Garden Mama. Anyone following on those already would not have seen any drastic shift, but new followers will find me as @beckyelmuccio on each. Next to come will be a design change. I’m working on a new header, new theme and dusting off some old posts with great new pictures thanks to my new DSLR camera. I’ll be talking a little more about the clients that I have in my social media business too. I love supporting small businesses and local downtowns and I think those looking to eat locally with their foods, like many of you are, may also be interested in how to support local businesses.

In our home life, we’ve been having a year of transition. Even though most days I am working from home or at the amazing new co-working space in town called Kings Hall, it has been a big shift for me in regard to still being the one to maintain our home. DH works 10-11 hours a day as a teacher and coach, so I am the one to help out at home. I’ve learned to figure out how and when to do tasks, but man, has Google Calendar been amazing!! I’ll be back with a post about how we are using the daylights out of it to understand where all of our time falls.

Finally, Tomato is growing up. How she is already 4 1/2 is beyond me. But, we have entered a new realm of interests and she has certainly found her own personal style. And it is pink. And glittery and we are still finding ways to source this new style in eco-friendly fabrics and from companies that aren’t spraying their clothes down in formaldehyde before they ship them.

So, what have all of you been up to?

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I am seeing higher temperatures later in the week and spring may just be in the air! My friend, Lauryn from The Vintage Mom, shared a great post here last week about Choosing a CSA and I can almost taste fresh fruit and veggies that are locally grown. Definitely check out her tips if you […]

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