There are lots of new and innovative devices coming out all the time for the avid gardener — but which would benefit you the most?
To find out which new tech product you need, check out this tech guide by Suttons — leading providers of hanging baskets — as we look at the top must-have pieces of technology for gardeners in 2018…
The best gardening apps
You probably already know how many apps there are available in 2018 — but do you know which are best for gardeners?
- GrowIt! — connects you with local gardeners. You can also upload photos of your own plants to share your gardening knowledge with others.
- Garden Compass — allows you to upload photos, ask questions to horticultural experts and create a personalised garden-care calendar.
Grow new, exotic produce
Is there anything you’d love to grow but simply can’t due to the climate? If you want to grow something more exotic, you can 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 growing temperatures of up to 30°C, you can grow more exotic seeds that require warmer climates. Being able to grow from seed is more cost-effective than buying an already germinated young plant too — saving you some pennies! Thanks to the light that is installed in each product, seedlings can grow healthily and provide high output for low energy as often the propagator contains a reflector that can reflect lost light and diffuse light deep into the plant leaves.
Keep an eye on your plants
Some plants are very sensitive to changes in the environment and weather. 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.
Once you have placed this gadget into the soil next to your plants, it’ll start to 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.
Let the world know about your gardening success
Taking snaps of your plants is another part of gardening that many people are getting involved with. 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.
Just fit this onto your smartphone over the lens of your phone, where it will combine with your phone’s digital zoom and let 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.
Progress your watering system for healthier plants
Buying a pot watering kit can make gardening a lot easier and ensure that your plants stay as healthy as possible. 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! Connect it to your outdoor garden tap for even less hassle and keep your plants and hanging baskets going strong.
Check out these gadgets online now and improve your garden today!
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