A product blurb in The Hartford Courant recently caught my skeptic gardener’s eye. The blurb touted a gadget that will “take some of the guesswork out of gardening.” For a mere $60 you get an EasyBloom plant sensor to place in the soil, indoors or out, that will measure sunlight, temperature, soil moisture, and humidity. After 24 hours you plug the sensor into a computer to download results along with a list of plants that will “thrive” in that location. I checked the company’s website where I had the pleasure of viewing an amateur and useless product video promo. Still, there appear to be people who think this is a valuable product. Other customers voice disappointment with the depth of the data and the plant database.
I applaud ingenuity and don’t automatically write off any new gardening gadget, but if I’m going to buy something I want to make sure of its value. Regarding this product, I wonder why spend $60 to measure sunlight which you can see with your own eyes, and soil moisture, humidity, and temperature which all change daily and are also easily observed for free. Even if the product’s list of plant recommendations is helpful, the Internet, or better yet your local garden center provides the same information – again for free. And if you take your $60 to the local garden center you can come home with actual plants that thrive in your area.
But I’m willing to keep an open mind. Has anyone used EasyBloom? Are my cynical eyes missing something here?