Gardener's Handbook App for Android
Cabbage patch got you stumped? This free Android app is like having a pro gardener at your side 24/7. Armed with 10 chapters chock-full of DIY gardening tips, landscaping ideas, and useful information, you will be well on your way to creating the garden of your dreams.
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Parrot Flower Power Plant Monitor
Want to be completely tuned in to your plant's needs? Invest in Parrot Flower Power, a wireless sensor that monitors your plant's moisture, temperature, light, and fertilizer levels, and then relays this info to your smartphone or other device via Bluetooth technology so you'll always know just what your plant needs. Available on Amazon; $60.
See how your flowers grow—or see what critters may be causing them not to—with the Brinno GardenWatchCam. This 1.3 megapixel time-lapse digital camera can be set to snap photos at intervals from 1 minute to every 24 hours. Just stick the camera in your garden and watch your garden grow. Available on Amazon; $230.
Trim your hedges and shrubs with ease with the Isio shrub shear, a handheld multi-tool from Bosch. The lightweight design incorporates a lithium-ion battery that allows almost an hour of work on one charge—plenty of time, given the tool's efficiency and simple operation. A reciprocating motion lets the tool keep cutting through where others would stall. Available on Amazon; $62.
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Garden Plan Pro iPad
Having trouble plotting your plot? The Garden Plan Pro app acts as a visual aid in laying out your patches before you pick up a spade. It also provides weather station data, gives advice on the best plants for your region, and offers information on more than 140 different species of flowers and vegetables.
A DIY camera for your DIY garden, Infragram uses infrared technology to analyze the health of your plants and garden. Fun for kids and adults, novices or pros, this tool educates while illuminating the secret life of your garden. Available on Amazon; $62.
Cordless Pole Saw
Go greener with the rechargeable battery–powered G-Max pole saw from GreenWorks. Its cordless design features an eight-inch bar and chain for easy branch trimming. The lithium-ion battery retains memory after power is depleted, so you don't have to program it twice. A collapsible shaft extends from five to eight feet to reach a variety of trimming heights. Available on Amazon; $170.
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Here's the go-to gadget for gardening connoisseurs looking to fine-tune their craft. The VegiBee imitates the high-frequency vibrations of a bee’s wings during pollination. The vibrations release pollen onto a spoon, which the gardener can then use to hand-pollinate other plants. The reward? A 30 percent increase in crop yield and the satisfaction of giving Mother Nature a helping hand. Available on Amazon; $29.
Netatmo Weather Station
This personal weather station stands above the rest by monitoring the indoor environment as well as the outdoor weather. Among other features, the Netatmo Weather Station measures indoor CO2 concentration and provides the local Air Quality Index report in real time. Netatmo links to your smartphone, keeping track of what is best for you, your plants, and your garden. Available on Amazon; $149.
This realistic-looking Garden Defense Electronic Owl takes the original stationary garden decoy a big step further by adding movement and sound. Not only does it look like a great horned owl, but when its sensors detect that garden pests are near, it will turn its head in that direction and hoot, scaring the critters away. Available on Amazon; $45.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!