High Tech Gardening Equipment and Tools
There are always new gardening products, and with technology getting into residential gardening, it’s fun to stay current. We have a few new highly rated discoveries to help you garden this summer.
This sprinkler is considered the best of the best. It is unique in the wide range of yard sizes and shapes it can accommodate. It also has settings to control the amount of water at different distances. It is fully adjustable to control for width, length and water flow. This sprinkler covers 76 square feet – 2300 square feet. You can go tiny or you can go large! $52.00.
No room for a garden? Urban Architecture’s Organic Grow kits are designed for small spaces. They will happily grow on a windowsill or balcony. Grow flowers or herbs. Each kit is $16.95.
These interlocking modular, raised garden blocks create a garden that is 4 square feet and 6” deep. Each block is 10” long x 2” wide x 2” tall. They accommodate any garden space you have and can be put into any shape. The blocks have specifically designed holes to allow them to be anchored to the ground with a stake. The blocks are made from food safe 100% recycled plastic. They are recyclable. A 22” x 22” set of TogetherFarm blocks is $59.99.
This is a fun rain gauge because it uses buoyancy to measure (Archimedes’ principle of displacement which I’m sure you remember). It has two parts, a measurement tube and a UV-stabilized plastic flute. As the rain falls the gauge rises. The inch marks are easy to see, even from a distance. It has a 5” capacity. A steel stake is included. $28.95.
This is a terra cotta self-watering seed pot with 6 seedling spots. It is good for small to medium sized seeds, or for sprouting larger seeds and then transplanting them. You can fill the pot with water, go away for the weekend and know that your little seedlings will be fine. The Orta self-watering deep six seed starter can be written on with a Sharpie. It has sloped sides so plants pop out easily. It is 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 2 ¼”. $39.90.
AcuRite thermometer and rain gauge is a combo that monitors total rainfall so you’ll know where to drag the sprinkler. It will measure up to 8” of rain and read the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. In addition it monitors lawn and garden watering. It has a swivel bracket for versatile viewing. It’s easy to move to different locations. $15.00.
Much of our water usage in the U.S. is for landscape irrigation and up to 50% of that is wasted on over-watering. The Blossom 8 smart controller connects to an existing in-ground sprinkler system and uses web-based weather information to provide your lawn or garden only as much water as it needs. It covers 8 zones, is Wi-Fi only and has a slim design. It needs to stay indoors. It is easy to install and connect. This is a great way to conserve water. $99.00.
This might seem unusual but if it works, goodbye weeds! It’s called the Bernzomatic Lawn and Garden Torch. It is a torch that gets attached to a small propane cylinder and you burn away the weeds. It can also start barbecues or melt ice. $65.98.
If you are gardening, you will be spending time in the sun. Do you protect your skin? Would you like to know how much sun you are getting? La Roche-Posay has developed a UV patch that they are giving away for free! Wear it on a part of your body that gets sun exposure, like your hand or shoulder. It measures one square inch. ‘My UV Patch’ will have a mobile app. Users of the patch will be asked to take a picture of the patch and upload it to the app. The app will analyze the photo and determine the amount of UV exposure the wearer has received. The patch will be available very soon.
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