As the sun starts to shine and the temperature picks up, its the time of year everyone is keen to get gardening and grow their own little paradise in the back garden. Whilst being at one with nature is fantastic, we have found a few top ways to bring technology and nature together to work in harmony…
If you’re anything like us, you may be a stereotypical ‘fair-weather’ gardner, who whilst keen, tends to wain when it all gets a bit too difficult and gin o’clock is well in sight…Well we have found some perfect gardening gadgets that may just keep your interest a little bit longer!
1 Gardening Apps
So, as our phones are becoming more and more useful and important, Apps are being developed to keep that momentum going, and the gardening sector is quite certainly growing (pardon the pun!).
The Life app acts as a gardening journal on your phone that allows you to keep track of everything you have planted and monitor its progress. The app is beautifully designed with a really simple interface, enabling you to check weather updates and synchronise with your plant records, organise your planting schedule, record events such as when a plant has sprouted or a flower has bloomed and take pictures of your progress.
For an encyclopaedia gardening app, Garden Answers Plant Identification allows you to take a quick picture of any plant you’re struggling to identify and instantly identifies the plant for you from a library of over 20,000 plants. The app also contains answers to over 200,000 commonly asked plant questions, so if you want to find out more about any gardening topic, you can simply use the keyword search to find the answer for you.
2 Parrot Flower Power
The Parrot Flower Power is a clever plant sensor (shaped like a branch too!) that assesses your plants needs and then sends you updates and alerts to your smartphone – it costs around £30.
The sensor is for both indoor and outdoor use, and can monitor plants either in the ground or in a pot. Whenever the Flower Power detects that your plant needs your attention, you will receive a notification on either your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth connectivity.
It really works to keep your plants healthy and saves you a lot of time and hard work if your plants have got a habit of dying just a few weeks after planting them… We think that this is an incredibly useful little gadget, especially if you’ve invested a lot in a prized plant!
You can buy from several places, find out more here.
3 Eco Pods
Ok, so this isn’t really technology in the digital sense, but we just love these self-adhesive plant pots that make indoor gardening super easy and space saving!
This are great for growing herbs, and are even self watering, so no more limp basil on the kitchen windowsill! The Eco Pod is simple and sleek in design and sticks straight to the wall without budging – an easy and non-abrasive way to create a beautiful feature out of greenery inside your home. They come in a pack of two for around £17, find out more here.
4 Philips myGarden Blossom Solar Powered Post
The Philips Blossom solar powered post light is an excellent, easy to install solution that requires no electricity or power cables.
The 90cm tall light has a separate solar panel connected to it by an included cable, to keep the light itself looking stylish and sleek. The light automatically comes on when it gets dark outside, but also comes with a discreet on/off switch.
Cost around 109.99 for two, take a look here.
5 Bose 251 Environmental Speakers
As music plays an integral part in British summertime, it’s only right that you have amazing outdoor speakers that will deliver good music and vibes to your outdoor spaces!
The Bose 251 speakers boast a wide sound field suitable for large outdoor areas, and have been tested to withstand the harshest of weather. With a lot of outdoor speakers, you find that you can only hear the music in certain ‘sweet spots’, but the 251 speaker cabinets house two drivers set at precise angles so you have consistent sounds when you move around outdoors.
Price varies, read more about the spec here.