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Gardening and Technology

Can technology help you get more out of your garden? Yes! Tech Talker has 4 awesome tools that will make your gardening easier and more efficient. 

By
Eric Escobar
2-minute read

Gardening and Technology

One of my favorite things in the world is to mesh technology with things that you wouldn’t necessarily think have any relation to technology. Take gardening for example. Few people would think that technology could really help them with gardening, but I’m going to prove them wrong and outline 4 tips and tools that can help you manage your garden:

Tool #1: EasyBloom

The first of these tools is called EasyBloom. You stick this instrument into the ground, leave it there for 24 hours, and it records soil moisture, sunlight levels, and temperature. Then you stick the USB portion into your computer and based on the measured conditions, EasyBloom will suggest plants that would work best for that spot. This takes away the guesswork for anyone who isn’t a seasoned gardener or is having a hard time growing anything in a particular spot of land.

Tool #2: Toro XTRA SMART

The Toro company also produces products that help to take the guesswork out of yard maintenance. One of these is the Toro XTRA SMART Soil Moisture Sensor. It will monitor soil conditions and relay that information back to your sprinkler system so if it has just rained, or if there is still enough moisture in the soil, it will skip watering. This “smart” system is great for conserving water and money, plus it saves you the trouble of having to watch the weather reports.

Tool #3: Koubachi

If you have a smartphone or a tablet device, then you have a whole range of awesome gardening apps to check out. For example, there’s an app called Koubachi where you put in all of your plant information (such as the type of plant, the amount of sunlight it gets, and the average temperature of your garden) and Koubachi will send you recommended watering times. They also have a sensor similar to EasyBloom’s which connects to your WiFi network and will beam information about your plant to your smartphone or computer. Pretty nifty! 

Tool #4: Smart Gardener 

If you just want a simple way to manage your plants or vegetable garden without all the sensors and gadgets, there is web-based app called Smart Gardener that will allow you to create a digital version of your garden. This allows you to view progress and keep you up to date with schedules involving your garden. This is great for people who have specific varieties of plants that need to be harvested at a certain time of the year. What I love about this app is that it will give you a weekly to do list for your garden so you don’t need to track it yourself!

Bonus tip: If you’re feeling adventurous and want to create a fully automated watering system for your garden, then check out this Instructable to see how to do just that using some programming and robotics! 

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About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.