Best gardening supplies for the horticulturally hopeless

Best gardening supplies for the horticulturally hopeless

A lot of things can go wrong in the garden. Some seeds just won’t sprout. A plant’s leaves droop and turn colors they shouldn’t. Thankfully, inventive people are starting to tackle this problem, manipulating hot tech to help you keep things…less dead. Don’t fret about the color of your thumb; this stuff will bring you a few steps closer to becoming the 21st century’s Frederick Law Olmsted (or whatever landscape architect inspires you).

Teeny Tiny Gardening Book by Emma Hardy
Tips for the true novice
Teeny Tiny Gardening Book by Emma Hardy
Start off small. Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy features 35 small-scale gardening projects to get your horticultural hands dirty. With step-by-step instructions, this book helps you grow things to eat, make use of recycled containers, and nurture small gardens to decorate your table.

Click and Grow Smart garden
A smart garden that lets you grow herbs, vegetables, and fruits indoors
Click and Grow Smart garden
For people that want to plant all year round, there’s the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 smart garden. It has three separate slots for plant cartridges, so you can grow things like chili peppers, parsley, and wild strawberries. All you have to do is add water, turn on the power (6W of energy), and distract yourself. Its smart soil, inspired by some NASA technology, releases nutrients at the appropriate time during a plant’s growth cycle and keeps the pH balanced. The vessel’s sensors monitor oxygen, water, and nutrient levels.

TaoTronics LED Grow Bulb
Help your plants flourish indoors
TaoTronics LED Grow Bulb
If you don’t have the outdoor space, hydroponic LED grow lamps will do the trick. The TaoTronics grow light has 12 ultra-bright bulbs to boost light for your indoor plants. There are two blue bulbs, which mimic daylight, and ten red lights, which mimic short autumn days and promote blooming and fruiting. The 36-watt light fits in any standard light bulb socket.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
An easy-to-set-up sprinkler controller
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
For those with a sprinkler system on your property, try out the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. It is easy to swap for your old, wasteful system. The Rachio has a waterproof casing, easily connects to your Wi-Fi, and is EPA WaterSense certified. Because of the Wi-Fi connectivity, you can control the device from your phone or computer. What makes Rachio so smart is that it adapts to local weather changes and automatically optimizes your watering schedule. For example: if you water your plants earlier in the morning, you will need less water since cooler temperatures will result in less evaporation.

Doctor Meter
A moisture meter will tell you when to water and if a plant is getting enough sunlight
Doctor Meter moisture meter
It is easy to see when a plant is dying. The hard part is keeping it from that point of no return. The Dr. Meter Moisture Meter is a 3-in-1 battery-less device that tests moisture, pH, and light level. Know when to water and whether you are giving your little plant enough sunshine before (hear that? before) it is too late.

Seedsheet Grow Hot Sauce Kit
This Seedsheet kit to grow the things you love: hot sauce
Seedsheet Grow Hot Sauce Kit
If you’re like me, you put hot sauce on everything. Here’s how you can grow the supplies to make your own. Each Seedsheet kit is made with a specific recipe in mind. This particular hot sauce Seedsheet includes organic non-GMO dragon carrots, Napoli carrots, purple bunching onions, and ring-o-fire cayenne pepper seeds. The kit includes recipe ideas for the vegetables you grow, too. Place the sheet, which releases seeds when it’s watered, in a square foot planter with nutrient-rich soil.

JS portable nut speaker
Listen to music wherever you water, hoe, or fertilize
JS portable nut speaker
The JS portable mini nut speaker can go wherever you plan to plant. It connects to phones, tablets, and computers using Bluetooth. Around the size of a golf ball, this speaker comes with a surprisingly loud volume. OK, so it won’t likely make you a better gardener, but it will make tending to your plants a lot more fun.

Orbit Timed Faucet
A faucet system for the busy bee
Orbit Timed Faucet
Don’t rely on your roommates! Water your plants from wherever you are with a programmable faucet. This one lets you set the duration of your watering cycle as well as how often you want your plants to be watered. The Orbit single outlet has a rain delay button and will run for up to 240 minutes.

GrowOya Watering System
Water the way humanity did for millennia
GrowOya Watering System
Or, try an ancient watering system. The large GrowOya terra cotta vessel is 10 x 13-inches and holds 6.5 liters of waters to help plants grow stronger, deeper roots. It also prevents weeds from growing upward, which means less time spent weeding. Tip: Bury the vessel up to its neck so it easy to refill.

Sprout Pencil Herb Pack
A multi-purpose utensil for gardening
Sprout Pencil Herb Pack
Once the wood Sprout color pencil has been sharpened to the nub, plant the water-activated seed capsule in a pot to grow herbs like basil, thyme, and sage. Each pencil has a different herb at the end. This package comes with eight.

AvoSeedo Avocado Grower
Care for an avocado tree
AvoSeedo Avocado Grower
It’s actually really easy to grow a potted avocado tree. Avocados can be pricey, so try growing your own. Place a pit in the AvoSeedo “boat” and wait a couple of weeks. Eventually, the pit will crack and the plant will start to grow. It’ll take a few years for the tree to grow fruit, but it’s a nifty experiment for people that love gardening. It’s about the journey, not about tomorrow’s breakfast.

Drain Smart Disc
Keep your planters from making a mess all over your countertop
Drain Smart Disc
Before you put your soil into a planter, add a Drain Smart disc to stop soil from leaking out of any holes on the bottom (and prevent stains on your windowsill). The 6-inch discs are reusable and easy to clean.