Believe it or not, there are now gardening apps, which will enable us to garden with a relative amount of ease to a certain extent. This concept is probably not for the purist gardener, but nevertheless, its worth mentioning. This review will bring us up to speed an what’s new and what is available to us in the gardening world of technology. Who would have thought say 10, 20 or 30 yrs ago that this was possible, but now we have an app that will allow us to monitor and water our plants from our, laptop, ipad or cell phones. We have mentioneded this fact previously that there are now watering or irrigation systems, that are battery operated and we can also monitor these via our Wi-fi systems. So I guess it was only a matter of time that someone somewhere, thought up this idea and have brought this technology to our attention. These technical devises are not that widely known as of yet, or neither are they readily available at our hardware or electrical stores, but the fact is, they are coming our way.
So for now this is not an accessory for our raised garden beds, but, I suspect that it will only be a matter of time before inventors and entrepeneurs will have something fidgity, that won’t need physical labor to work it and it may help us to some degree going forward with our gardening. In fact this devise is for indoors or outdoors, we also may place it on our decks or patios, in offices or reception areas of buildings. So what is this great surprise that I am talking about, I hear you ask…Lets cut to the chase, peel back the layers and dive in.
Parrot Smart Flower Pot;
Parrot are a great electrical company, who over the years, devised bluetooth systems for our cars and have recently been manufacturing hi-spec drones, have now devised the first ever self watering, self fertilising plant pot. This is a flower pot that automatically waters our plants, via our smart phones or tablets and basically tells us what is happening around growing and developing of the plant, instead of the other way around, where we should be doing all the thinking and deciding for the plants requirements. Its new, innovative and well thought out for something that is uniquely different and this is possibly one for the tech savvy gardener. But I suspect it won’t be too long before we all will have one of these and I would also safetly say that if we ourselves accquire a smart flower pot, we will be very eager to tell our family, friends and neighbours.
How does it work;
First and foremost, this is available online and if we purchase one of these, it will come with a ‘how-to’ set of instructions, which are relatively easy to follow. Then we need to fill the reservoir with water and the add some compost and then add our plant, flower, vegetables or whatever, we decide to grow in this vessel. There are five critical monitoring sensor nodes built into this system which are;
- Sunlight sensor
- Fertilizer levels
- Soil moisture
- Water level reservoir.
Download the app;
The next step is to download to our smartphone the required app. which is, ‘Parrot Flower Power App’. We then select the plant you have decided to grow, from their data base of hundreds of plants, take a screenshot of same and enter the details of our selection. The phone app does the rest in terms of telling us what to do from there on out.
More of how-to;
This smart pot uses an extensive plant database to decide if our plant is getting enough sunlight, fertilizer feed, temperature and of course, water. If the plant is not growing or thriving, then move the pot to a sunnier or shadier place and we are done. Not enough fertilizer? Add some liquid fertilizer or push a few fertilizer pellets into the soil. Too cold… move it indoors etc etc. All of these are basically a once off exercise. These issues have only to be attended to in the beginning and it works pretty much on its own there afterwards, except for the irrigation. The pot reservoir holds two litres, which is enough for one month, approx. Now the thing is, we all know how to look after our indoor or outdoor potted plants, ie, we look at them every so often and if they need water, we duly water them. The situation is slightly different with this smart pot, we will be informed of all the plants requirements, by logging into our smart phone and here we can see all the data, which is readily available on the app. How cool is that…
All the technical details and instructions are contained within the packaging and are very easy to understand. Once we get set-up, ie, have our plant potted and water in the reservoir, we are good to go. The rest is monitored via the wireless micro computer technology contained within the devise. It definitely is something different and makes for a nice conversation piece with our family and friends. Imagine lying out on a beach and suddenly a text alert message comes to your phone…’the pot needs watering’, Just press water in the app and you’re done, its as simple as that. Another cool feature contained in the app is a mode called ‘Perfect Drop’, whch automatically waters the plant according to the data base instructions of the plant selected. Colour wise, we have a selection of three; black, white or brick. Pricewise, coming in at $130, we are paying a bit extra for the technology and the software contained within this devise, but it still rocks. For all the plants and flowers of the world out there, its the pot to be in. I hope you have enjoyed reading about this fantastic innovative gardening accessory and if so, please use the comments box below and join the coversation.
Happy gardening to all out there,
“This garden is your life.
Of course, there are the occasional weeds
—but more than anything,
this garden is filled with so much life!”
― Seth Adam Smith