The app has surpassed 80,000 downloads in the year it’s been online.
“Almost overnight, it started taking off,” Spoonemore said.
He partnered with seed supplier Burpee and local businesses to help augment his income from the app, but Spoonemore said he hopes the premium options will let him make From Seed to Spoon a full-time business.
Taking the next step
It helps that the app is popular. iPhone users have rated it 4.7 out of five stars, and it has a similarly high rating from Android users.
“Once we got to the top few results in the App Store, 88 percent of our downloads come from that,” said Spoonemore. “Very few comes from the money I paid on Facebook and that kind of stuff.”
For now, though, he barely makes enough to keep the servers running. When premium options become available in March, the app will send gardeners push notifications about when to water their plants based on local rain activity, and when to harvest their crops. Eventually, users could upload photos of pests for identification and reach out to a Geek Squad-style support group of other gardeners.
“It will walk you through everything and make it completely foolproof,” he said.
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