By gathering and analyzing data about changing weather and soil conditions, and comparing the results to a huge database of plant varieties, this connected garden gadget can help take the guesswork out of watering and fertilizing for both novice and expert gardeners.
Knowing the optimal time to both water and feed the plants in the garden is a key component of successful gardening, and can make for a more productive and efficient garden. And while poking your finger into the soil is a time-tested method of determining when to water, it's not as accurate as it could be, and because your finger can't measure soil pH or nutrient levels, you may not even be aware of what you should or could be adding to the soil for better results.
A new garden gadget, called Edyn, promises to make it much easier to set up and maintain the right conditions in the soil of the garden, by measuring and tracking light levels, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, and fertility, which enables users to effectively respond to changes in the garden.
"The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science, and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. Check the Edyn app to see the plants that will grow best, the optimal time for planting, and even plant groupings with the same conditional needs." - Edyn
The Edyn system consists of the main Garden Sensor, which can cover about 250 square feet of growing area, and the Edyn Water Valve, which connects to your existing water system and automatically controls it based on the data collected by the main unit. Both of the devices have a solar cell to power them, and to charge the internal lithium-polymer battery, and they use WiFi to connect to each other and to the cloud, at distances as great as 300 feet from the wireless router.
An accompanying app displays moisture levels, soil nutrition, light, and temperature, both as a snapshot and over time, and allows users to manually turn on the watering system. The Edyn app also offers insights into which plants will grow best in local conditions, and advises users on soil additives and nutrients that can be used to amend the soil for optimal results.
"No two gardens are alike, so what you decide to plant should depend on specific data about your garden. The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. Check the Edyn app to see the plants that will grow best, the optimal time for planting and even plant groupings with the same conditional needs." - Edyn
This garden gadget is being launched through a Kickstarter campaign, where backers at the $99 level will receive an Edyn Garden Sensor, and those at the $159 level will receive a Sensor and a Water Valve. In addition to these perks for backers, Edyn is also offering a "buy one, give one" program, where backers at the $175 level can get one for their garden, while also underwriting the donation of a Garden Sensor to a school garden through Slow Food USA.