Gardening Gadget

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?

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4 responses to “Gardening Gadget

  1. Joene,

    My first reaction to this post was to laugh out loud thinking “Now this is entrepreneurship at it’s best. Someone invented a completely useless gadget and will probably get rich quick.”

    My next reaction was to feel sorry for anyone who actually buys this. I think those buyers most likely fall into one of two categories: they know nothing about gardening but think there must be some big secret to success that everyone else knows but them or they are ‘lazy gardeners’ who just want someone to tell them what to do.

    Of course I agree with you and would recommend taking your $60 to a reputable local nursery who will help you find the perfect plants for your garden and will teach you how to take care of them too.

  2. joenesgarden

    People want to believe technology will make their lives easier, and in many cases it does. But you and I know gardeners need to learn from the ground up. Any “tool” that tries to replace gardeners’ observations ultimately slows or prevents the hands-on learning that is so fundamental to our craft.

  3. $60??! As my Dad would say, “that’s highway robbery!” But, on the other hand, I sometimes think that tools or technology that help the ‘newbie’ gardener feel more comfortable can’t be an entirely bad thing… After all, it helps them get out in the yard, get their hands in the soil, and start learning without quite as much trepidation. And we all know that with sunlight it’s not just the total amount of sun, but also the time of day at which it hits the ground. If people feel more comfortable letting a piece of technology help them make that observation, ok. But not at $60 a pop!

  4. joenesgarden

    Agreed … a $60 comfort should offer more than a bunch of data one can obtain for free.

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