It doesn’t matter if you own a massive plot of land with a matching long and winding road in the heartland, or if you own just a miniscule pocket garden on a high-rise development in the heart of the city.
The benefits of creating and tending to a garden are immense. This includes the following:
Eat well. Growing your own produce promotes healthier eating habits – minus the pesticides.
Relieve stress. Gardening has been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as cortisol increases when you are around green, tranquil spaces. It provides a much-needed respite from city living.
Prevent and control blood pressure. Gardening entails moderate physical exertion without being rote and tiresome while reducing blood pressure altogether. An hour’s worth of chill gardening work burns over 330 calories.
I’m sure you’re sold on creating a garden, which is why you are reading this right now.
Thing is, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and gardens can be quite figuratively and literally prickly proposition – regardless of being a professional or aspiring green thumb.
That’s where technology fills in the gaps – and we’re not talking about garden trowels and wheelbarrows.
There exists a plethora of state-of-the-art gadgetry that can help you create your own garden, maintain it, and care for it – even keep an eye on it, no matter where you are.
It doesn’t matter if you need to track how often you should water your plants and herbs, or ensure that the soil you’re planting your produce is in good shape...there’s a smart gadget that will help you achieve your goals in the least amount of time possible, at the most efficient way there is.
Here are six of our top solutions to make gardening work easy peezy, lemon squeezy.
A sprinkler control system completely removes the otherwise quite intense work of irrigating your plants and herbs – which typically involves the use of a heavy watering can be filled to the brim with water. Plus, sprinkler controllers make sure that your garden stays irrigated and in good order even when you’re away from home. Pretty useful for when you’re working at the office or traveling on business, don’t you think?
And if you think one will have you break the bank, think again – some of the most functional entry-level models are all you need, which may go for around the $50-dollar range.
The most basic upkeep to make sure your garden is in good shape is to mow it regularly. There’s something about cutting grass that makes everything seem tidy. Sure, mowing has been made easier by the myriad of lawn mowers out in the market, but mowing on a regular basis becomes a trickier affair in the winter. After all, mowing in sub-zero temperatures just won’t do – and weeds are only too happy to fill in the gaps.
Robotic lawn mowers make it easy, though – they can be programmed to mow the problematic areas of your lawn, while you stay in or go on your daily routine. Literally set it and forget it. The mind-numbing grind of mowing is now a thing of the past!
Every aspiring green thumb has encountered the problem of guessing when to water particular plants and herbs.
Garden sensors addressed this by keeping track of pH levels and dampness of the soil immediately around your bushes and flowers, which lets you know exactly what to address when you need it addressed. Garden sensors work with your smartphone to alert you when you need to maintain your plants with water or fertilizer, no matter where you are.
The best models on the market won’t cost you more than $100 – a great deal if you ask us!
Weather monitoring systems are an invaluable tool in letting you know what the exact weather conditions your plants are currently experiencing, which helps you know if they are growing in the most appropriate conditions they can. These can monitor air quality as well as humidity – really helpful for plants that require constant monitoring.
Just like entertainment systems can now be controlled via a smart hub that ties everything together, the same can be said for gardens. These can control how much water your plants get as well as the conditions surrounding them, and even control lighting and water consumption – all from the comfort of your smart devices.
Ever wanted to plant an out-of-season vegetable or herb, but forget that you lived in a four-season area? Heated seedbeds are the answer.
Through them, wastage is lessened by ensuring that only the germinating seeds are planted, and today’s propagators save much more energy than their predecessors did.
Now, you can enjoy growing red hot chili peppers even in the middle of the coldest winter – and you won’t have to spend a penny more growing from your own seeds than buying seedlings.
Heated seed propagators allow seeds, young plants, and fresh cuttings grow in a healthy, optimal manner while controlling the conditions required to help them germinate and grow even during off-seasons.
These are just some of the latest technologies helping green thumbs of all skill levels build their dream garden, no matter where they are. We can’t wait to find out what the future holds for gardeners like you and us.