5 products to help you grow a smart garden

making pizza basil garden click and grow
Credit: Click and Grow

As I look out the window at the handful of basil plants and weeds in a washtub that I call a “garden,” I’m surprised to find it still alive. I don’t water it, the pH levels are off, and the only aeration comes from the squirrels that dig around in there. Maybe I lack a “green thumb,” maybe I spend too much time with work, Office reruns, and my needy cat.  Fortunately, I’ve discovered a few items that make gardening a breeze — even for those of us with less than green thumbs.

Click and Grow Smart Garden

I elevate killing plants to an art form but even I can’t screw my garden up with this product. The Smart Garden uses LED grow lights and a water reservoir to make “gardening” hassle-free. Their starter kit includes Basil, but additional seed pods are available for a wide range of plants. These include Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. There is also a seedless pod “experimental kit” for trying plants that Click and Grow doesn’t offer. Grown plants can be transplanted outside as well. Finally, cold-weather dwellers like myself can plant and harvest indoor gardens year-round — no snow shovel required!

LinkTap G2 Wireless Water Timer

The LinkTap G2 Wireless Water Timer offers Wi-Fi valve controls. It connects between the spigot and hose, allowing users to set up watering schedules and weather delays. Additionally, fault detection via push notifications and email alerts inform the user of water cut-off, valve failure, and falls. The LinkTap has a real-time flow meter and it provides water consumption and cost rates over a 90-day period.

Atree Soil pH Meter

To move from “basic” to “advanced” gardening, try using a pH meter. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil has an incredible effect on the plants growing there. Flowers may bloom different colors depending on soil pH, and an incorrect pH can lead to sickly, underdeveloped, or just plain dead plants. The Atree Soil pH Meter tests the pH of the soil for optimal growth and plant health. Additional features on this highly-rated device include moisture and light meters. You don’t have to be a chemist to have well-balanced soil. 

Abco Tech Lawn Aerator Shoes

Lawn aeration is one of the best things for overall lawn health. Aeration promotes lawn health by making it easier for air and water to mix, forming the nutrients that make the lawn thick and green while promoting deeper, stronger roots. Hiring a professional can quickly become expensive. Fortunately, Abco Tech has designed a set of “shoes” that can adequately perform this task. I may even wear them when I mow the lawn and kill the proverbial two birds (not the ones in the birdbath). 

AmazonBasics Fabric Hammock with Stand

If gardening means to be relaxing, then I need a hammock. True, it’s hard to get anything done while you’re lounging with a favorite book, but I won’t judge. AmazonBasics has really become a standout as far as “store brands” are concerned. Their 9-foot, two-person, fabric hammock is no exception. Whether cuddling with your significant other under the stars or relaxing solo — enjoy the garden in comfort and style. While relaxing, maybe enjoy reading Chuck Sambuchino’s How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will). It looks like a fun read.