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Newsmax Tech Tips: 6 Ways Technology Can Help Your Garden Grow

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 08:16 AM

Spring is right around the corner, which means you can finally garden to your heart’s content. There are a few techie tools on the market that automate the process and give you detailed information about your plants, leading to larger and more consistent yields. Here are a few simple devices and apps you should consider adding to your arsenal:

1. Herbie Indoor Garden: Grow lettuce and herbs indoors with Herbie, a hydroponic device that provides water to the root of plants as well as intensive lighting as needed. The product can fit right on your countertop and no soil is needed. Because of its controlled conditions, the device has up to three times larger yields as compared to farming in soil.

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Garden Defense Owl: This realistic looking owl, which can be perched on a fence above your garden, senses when there are garden pests nearby and turns its head in the direction of the creature and hoots to scare it away.

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Rapitest 4-Way Analyzer: When installed in the soil of your garden, this device measures moisture and pH levels as well as whether your plants need more fertilizer or sunlight. The digital reader does not require batteries.

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VegiBee Garden Pollinators: If you’re growing tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, or eggplant, this is the device for you. Place a flower on the Vegibee, which looks like a spoon, and the device creates sonic vibrations that gently release pollen. In seconds, pollen is extracted, and you then dip the female part of another flower into it. The device promises to increase yields by as much as 30 percent.

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The Plant Doctor: This app provides a listing of the most common plant diseases. If your plant doesn’t appear to have any of these problems, it offers an interactive diagnosis for plant diseases in gardens, landscapes, nurseries, and farms. Enter information about the plant ailment through the app and a plant pathologist will identify the cause of the disease along with treatment options.

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iGarden USA: This app provides comprehensive information on harvesting schedules for your climate zone, including what days to harvest, how much space there should be between plant rows, and planting depth. The app has a “gardening manager” section where you can take notes on what you’re growing to keep track of details such as when to water and add nutrients. It informs you of known pests and remedies for the various vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The app also provides updates on the weather so you know what to expect.

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Spring is right around the corner, which means you can finally garden to your heart’s content. Here are a few simple devices and apps you should consider adding to your arsenal.
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