Garden Gadget shopping - Part Two

Carla Allen
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Continuing on with the theme of unusual new garden gadget introductions there's an unusual solar invention that looks like it's from a radioactive landscape.

The Bird B Gone Solar Powered Bird Repeller has arms that sweep continuously in a five-foot diameter. However, at $89.99 it’s definitely more expensive than that old-fashioned scarecrow.

Wild grass solar garden lights come in a set of three sprigs of fiber optic lights that can be arranged whichever way you want by manipulating each leaf individually.

They are powered by a 0.2 watt solar panel that charges a 500 Milliamp hours rechargeable NiMH battery.

The battery provides six hours of lighting from eight hours of sunlight. The grass lights achieve this by using three LED bulbs, one per sprig. Due to the energy efficient nature of the LED bulbs the grass is able to stay lit on very little power. The lights turn on automatically as dusk falls and provide the unusual green light. These solar lights sell for $22.95 at:

Birds can be a source of colourful entertainment for some gardeners. Others may have grown tired of continually having to clean bird poop off furniture or decks, or losing fruit to these feathered thieves. Here's a modern version of the old fashioned scarecrow.

The Bird B Gone Solar Powered Bird Repeller has rotating telescoping arms that extend up to two-and-a-half-feet, sweeping continuously in a five-foot diameter. Streamers can be attached for greater deterrence. The device is silent and weatherproof but, at $89.99, definitely more expensive than that old-fashioned scarecrow.

For those who love to listen to tunes while gardening or having classical music in the background as they entertain on the patio, the AQ Wireless Outdoor Speakers are worth a gander. These water-resistant, wireless speakers are sleek and futuristic looking and have an impressive range of 100-metres (30-40 m. through walls and ceilings). They are also compatible with the Apple remote app. The units can be quickly and easily connected to virtually any audio source including hi-fi, TV, VCR, DVD, PC, CD, radio, as well as your personal MP3/CD/radio or other portable device.

The speakers are supplied complete with power adaptors and a connection cable for a transmitter. The batteries last for approximately 10 hours. The speakers sell for $115 plus shipping.

Last week I wrote about a unit that alerts you with a flashing light when your plant needs water. This week, under the category of "What Next," there’s the option of having your thirsty potted plant alerting you by Twitter. The Botanicalls Kit is available through Sparkfun Electronics for $99 U.S. The unit arrives as a kit and a bit of soldering is required, so be forewarned.

Next week, watch for the final installment of garden gadgets.



Organizations: AQ Wireless Outdoor Speakers, Apple, Sparkfun Electronics

Geographic location: U.S.

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