Thursday 24 May 2018

Top gardening gadgets for every keen gardener in 2018

Technology is always developing, and this year, there is a selection of innovative devices and machines to help avid gardeners get ahead.

If you want to know what the best new technology is in gardening, check out this tech guide to discover the top must-have gadgets for gardeners in 2018…

Easy watering
Many gardeners are turning to pot-watering kits to help them keep their plants healthy. From flowers to evergreen shrubs, these kits are ideal and can water up to 25 plants automatically using a sensor to tell what time of the day it is. 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 going strong.

Handy apps
Apps on smartphones and tablets offer hours of entertainment, but they can also help you in your gardening pursuits! Here are a couple of gardening apps you should consider downloading:

* Garden Compass — ideal for sharing gardening snaps. You can upload photos to the website, ask questions to horticultural experts and create your personalised garden care calendar.
* GrowIt! — useful if you’re in a new area, as Growlt can connect you with local gardeners who are used to the climate and soil type. You can also upload photos of your plants to share your gardening knowledge with others.

Tech-driven heated propagators
The climate in the UK isn’t always the best for growing a broad selection of plants and produce. However, this issue is a thing of the past with a heated propagator. This device 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.

The wide range of temperatures (between 5°C and 30°C) means you can grow exotic seeds and hot chillies, which are otherwise impossible to grow in cool climates. Being able to grow from seed is more cost-effective than buying an already germinated young plant too — saving you some pennies! The lights inside each product can help seedlings grow healthily and can provide high output on low energy. This is because the propagator contains a reflector that can reflect lost light and diffuse light deep into the plant leaves.

Photography tips
Have you ever considered combining your gardening activities with photography? 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.

Once you receive your new photography gadget, simply clip it over the lens of your smartphone. Then, it’ll combine with the digital zoom on your phone and allow you to 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.

Observation gadgets
Monitoring your plants is sometimes the only way to ensure they grow healthily. If you worry about the health of your plants, why not get a gadget that can help — the Parrot Flower Power plant monitor, which has a battery life of half a year and up to 7,000 plants in its database!

Easy to use and extremely effective, this device can really ease the pressure of gardening. Simply place the monitor into the soil next to your plant and allow it to detect; sunlight, temperature and fertilizer. This information is then sent to your smartphone, so you know when to water or add more fertilizer to your plants.

There’s a host of gadgets and devices to choose from in 2018, so don’t miss out. From making the germination process that little bit easier, to being able to water your 25 pots at once, there’s not a lot that gardening technology can’t do.

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