Spring is here, and your garden is waiting. Whether it’s your first time planting or you have an experienced green thumb, the gardening industry continues to evolve new and useful technologies aimed at helping you grow things in the right direction.
With interest in all types of planting at an all-time high during the pandemic, people are making the most of lockdowns by trying their hand at gardens, both new and old.
Are you looking for an assist on your next gardening spree? Want to see what tech is out there to help your plants flourish? We’ve got the latest update on apps and gadgets intended to help you in the flowerbed, greenhouse, and vegetable patch.
Plan the perfect garden
If you’re one of the thousands of gardening enthusiasts with a renewed interest in growing vegetables this spring and summer, you’ve no doubt got questions about how best to plan your crops for maximum yield and ease of care. Software apps like GrowVeg Garden Planner take the guesswork out of what should go where by helping you map out your vegetable beds before you plant them.
Not only does the app provide a visual reference for your garden layout, but it also:
- Outlines which plants are a good fit for your climate
- Reminds you when it’s time to rotate crops as you move from one growing season to the next
- Helps you schedule your planting to take advantage of the natural growth preferences of each of your vegetables
If journaling is more your speed, the GKH Gardening Companion app provides an easy tool for tracking vegetable and plant growth progress, as well as reminders for watering and fertilizing. Share your progress with friends and other gardeners as the app also offers a link to popular social media sites.
Keep tabs on those critters
There are two types of wildlife in anyone’s garden: the cute and cuddly creatures that you’re charmed to see visit and the destructive munchers that strip your plants of their fruit, bark, and leaves. With the right garden cam technology, you can keep a watchful eye on both.
“There’s wildlife all around us, whether you live deep in the woods or on an urban edge,” Sally Naser, conservation restriction stewardship director for The Trustees of Reservations, told The New York Times while recommending the use of cameras to monitor local creatures and how they interact with gardens.
Trail cameras that can detect movement or use infrared to detect body heat are especially useful for snapping images of night stalkers. Spypoint’s Link-Micro-LTE camera can access cell networks and alert you in real time when critters are ransacking your veggies. If you don’t like the idea of regularly changing batteries, you can also opt for Spypoint’s Solar Dark camera, which offers night vision to go with its sun-charging power pack.
Whether you’re just getting started on your garden or protecting the fruits of your labor from nature’s curious culinary critics, advanced connected technology can help take a load off of your plate, so you can focus on filling it at harvest time.
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