Through technological advancements such as soil moisture sensors, growing regimen applications, and connected irrigation, planting has changed dramatically. Now, almost anyone can be a gardener from anywhere. With the help of a few key pieces of technology, you can maximize your growing season and get more yield with less effort. We are in the digital age and our gardening is no exception to this era. As connected devices allow us to seamlessly integrate technology and lifestyle, we can now integrate our soil and our software.

Automated Gardening

There are several automated gardening tools on the market that allow you to robotically farm, making the process easier and more efficient. Farmbot, for instance, is 100% open-sourced farming with a digital growing regime including drag and drop farming. One can graphically plan the crop they wish to plant next on their device and inform the machine precisely where they want the seed in the raised flower bed. This is a completely new way to seed, yield, sustain crops and produce for your family.

Many groups use this real-time control technology in education and non-profit organizations to engage and empower individuals. Virginia Tech University implemented automated gardening for learning and research purposes. Disabled groups use this tool for accessibility, gaining a sense of independence all while experiencing horticulture therapy. NASA has even discussed the use of this tool for food production in space. The possibilities are endless! With garden automation, you can receive notifications straight to your email when plants are ready for harvest so you can start to live off the land and provide for yourself or your community.

Smart Garden Hubs

Smart Garden Hubs are extremely popular in the realm of green technology. Systems and smart home device integrations allow one to control their lawn and garden irrigation from anywhere. You can control your sprinkler system with the touch of a button, just like you do with alarm systems or air conditioners, which really helps keep the water bill down! GreenIQ, for example, can link numerous systems and devices in and outside of the household. Watering automatically changes month to month making the system an ideal investment for those interested in automation, control and saving money!

Management Sensors and Components

Garden management sensors and components can be seen in a potted plant or directly in the garden, which measures sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture levels for your crops or flowers. The sensors are essentially health monitors, which send alerts via Bluetooth to your smartphone; therefore, you have a pocket reminder to water the plants before heading to work. By allowing metrics to be sent straight to your handheld device, you are giving the crops a voice in real-time! Other components include weather stations and soil moisture information for a specific zone within your lawn or garden. Why turn the sprinklers on in the rain? Several products monitor the forecast and adjust sprinkler patterns accordingly. By creating a customizable sprinkler pattern for your specific garden, you can maximize growth and yield.

Public Radio

Podcasts provide daily tidbits, knowledge, and laughter, why not offer gardening tips as well? Many blogs feature a weekly segment on gardening tricks to help transform a serial plant killer into the greenest of thumbs. Featured on National Public Radio, You Bet Your Garden with Mike McGrath produces “fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.” These hour-long episodes test the myths of gardening with a new topic each week for friendly gardening information. The podcasts feature various material from overcoming deer, weeds, and insects to best practices for roses and potatoes, so you can reach your fullest gardening potential.

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Stephen Bennett

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