Every day it seems that there are new gadgets and machines to help our lives run a bit smoother — and gardening is no exception. But which new devices can you use to improve your garden throughout 2018 and beyond? Check out this tech guide as we look at the top must-have pieces of technology for gardeners in 2018…
Grow new things
Due to the climate, we’re slightly limited regarding which foods we can grow in the UK. If you want to grow something more exotic, why not invest in a heated propagator? A heated propagator allows seeds to germinate earlier and more successfully (meaning that less goes to waste). This isn’t necessarily a new idea, years ago, it was heated greenhouses and heated benches that were on the market. But, they can add to your energy costs as the heat can quickly dissipate and therefore must be on all the time to be successful. Instead, the propagator has walls and a lid which can retain the warmth.
With a varied temperature of between 5°C to 30°C, you can grow a host of new plants with this device. Some of the more exotic seeds and hot chillies require warmer temperatures and it could be impossible to grow them in cooler climates without this piece of technology. Being able to grow from seed is more cost-effective than buying an already germinated young plant too — saving you some pennies!
Plus, the light and reflector in these products can create and reflect light that diffuses deep into the plant leaves for better growth.
Ask for extra help
Gardening is not immune to the popularity of apps. Try downloading these to help:
- Garden Compass — lets you upload photos to the website, ask questions to horticultural experts and create a personalised garden-care calendar.
- GrowIt! — connects with local gardeners for advice. You can also upload photos of your own plants to share your gardening knowledge with others.
Make sure your plants are watered and healthy
A pot watering kit can ensure that your seeds and plants live a long and healthy life. These kits can water up to 25 plants automatically and can sense what time of the day it is to water your plants. You can set up the gadget so that it slowly releases water to the root of the plant which will save you the effort!
Keep an eye on the health of your plants
It’s difficult to tell sometimes just how healthy our plants are as they develop. However, there is one gadget that can help — the Parrot Flower Power plant monitor. With a battery life of half a year and up to 7,000 plants in its database, this device is extremely handy.
Simply place this handy device into the soil next to the plants you’d like to monitor. Then, let it detect: sunlight, temperature and fertilizer. This information then is sent straight to your smartphone, so you know when to water or add more fertilizer to your plants.
Tell the world about your success
If you’re proud of your garden, why not take some snaps? Often the beauty of the plant is in the detail of its leaves or perhaps you enjoy watching the wildlife in the garden. Either way, to take the best photos in the garden you should invest in an Olloclip Pro Lens.
To make the most of this device, just clip it over the lens of your smartphone. From here, your gadget will combine with your phone’s digital zoom — letting you take macro photos with up to 100x magnification. It’s ideal for capturing the details that aren’t visible to the human eye or even monitoring insects as they enjoy your garden. You’re guaranteed to get some wonderful shots without the need for purchasing a professional camera.
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