Christmas shopping has to start early if you’re doing it online. I do some of my shopping there and while I was browsing for the relatives the other morning I came across a wealth of great new garden gift ideas on several different sites. In some cases these are recent inventions and quite clever. I’ll be devoting the next few columns to introduce them to you.
The Thirsty Light lights up to tell you when your potted plant is dry.
I have better luck with plants outside than inside, mostly because I keep forgetting to water them. If there's one thing that's guaranteed to catch attention, it's a blinking light. That's why the Thirsty Light is such a great idea.
This ingenious little device can make sure you never under or over-water your indoor plants again. Placed in a pot of soil, the little probe has a LED light on top that blinks if conditions are too dry. You can leave the Thirsty Light as a permanent feature in your pot as the ABS casing has been designed to blend in and be as unobtrusive as possible. It only takes a second to tell if a plant’s soil is too dry, so you could use the device to test all the plants in your house by wiping the brass sensor each time it is removed from the soil. The Thirsty Light detects five different levels of dryness, so whether you’re growing succulents or shrubs, you’ll get an accurate result. The device is sold for $14 through www.firebox.com, a company that scours the world, looking for the very latest gadgets, toys, games and other cool stuff.
Still on the topic of watering, the Water And Light Show Sprinkler sold by Hammacher Schlemmer for $49.95 sounds like a very pretty idea. The sprinkler casts a color-changing spray, transforming a lawn into an effervescent water and light show. As water flows through the sprinkler it propels a turbine generator that powers the color changing LEDs and pressurizes the water, producing a six-foot by 19-foot wide plume of fine mist that transitions from red to blue to green to yellow to purple. The lightweight, diffuse mist is gentle on flower petals and seedlings and it won't pool or create run-off. Eliminating the need for AC power or batteries, the sprinkler is powered by the water from a garden hose.
The last water-related item for this week is called Petal Drops. This is a green idea all the way around as it uses recycled flower-shaped funnels that screw onto any standard threaded plastic bottle, helping to channel water inside whenever it pours.
A drawback to this invention is that empty bottles might not be so stable in the beginning. Usually, when there is rain, it tends to be accompanied by strong winds.
If you can counteract that problem check out the Petal Drops for $6.35.