Many people enjoy gardening for the beauty it brings to their landscape, and the edibles it puts on their kitchen table, the benefits run much deeper. Gardening offers both physical and mental benefits (supported by research studies) — to the point physicians, and physical therapists recommend it to patients young and old.
During the current time of uncertainty, more and more people are turning to gardening, whether indoors or out, as a way to stay busy and improve their mental health. Tending to plants helps relieve stress and lift depression. It’s also a way to open communication with friends, family, and neighbors who enjoy gardening.
Have you thought about trying your hand at growing something during the lockdown? Unsure of where to start? Then let me help! I’ll admit that even though my house and yard are FULL of plants, I’ve added a handful of new beauties to my collection in the last month.
Life would be much simpler if you could just plant some vegetables in the garden in a sunny spot, and then all you had to do was make sure they are watered regularly. After all that’s all it should take to grow plants and reap a successful bounty, right? In theory it would be really nice for all of us if growing a garden was that simple but unfortunately it’s not. In order to make the food they need for cellular growth plants are constantly feeding on nutrients available in the soil. Over time, they can deplete these reserves making it necessary to add plant “food” to grow strong, healthy plants. Thankfully it’s easy to purchase commercial fertilizers that we can apply to restock the nutrient reserves and keep plants healthy.
Over the last couple of decades, raised bed gardening has gained immense popularity amongst homeowners but it’s actually a gardening concept that has been around for centuries. In essence, raised bed gardening is when a large planting box is used to grow plants instead of sewing them directly into the ground. Not only do the raised beds, or “garden boxes” add an aesthetic element to the yard and garden, they provide many advantages to the homeowner over traditional gardening.
Owning a home in most cases also means tending to the landscaping and lawn on their property, and is a source of great pride for many. Landscaping accentuates the design of the home, it adds the final aesthetic touch to the residence, and the backyard is quite often used for entertaining during the summertime. Keeping a lawn vibrantly green, weed-free, and looking its best becomes an important priority to many homeowners.
It isn’t always an easy task to foster a lush lawn; most times it requires a multifaceted management approach. To keep grass looking pristine homeowners need to invest both time and money on the following aspects: watching the frequency and amount of water applied, keeping the grass adequately fed, mowing correctly, and performing routine maintenance. These factors encourage optimal growth and a desired shade of beautiful green.
A fresh batch of Wise Orchard valves is coming from the factory, with some improvements in connection range, ease of set-up and reliability. Orders made from now on will be getting this revised hardware version 2.
Also, we are going to be publishing a series of new articles on gardening and watering here in our blog, so stay tuned and enjoy your gardens with Wise Orchard!
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It’s easy to install like a hose timer, it connects directly to your Wi-Fi and you can control it from your smartphone.
Gardeners have watering habits that vary widely they may leave their plants to sit dry until they are almost withering or they might pamper the plants by drowning them in too much water. Either of these extremes goes on to stress the plant and the weak ones are usually the first ones to fall prey to diseases and bugs. This results in fewer vegetables and blooms being produced.
Watering might look simple but in essence, it’s not. It takes finesse to actually water your plants properly. When it comes to vegetables, they are usually quite demanding.
To cut down your water usage where water conservation is concerned, consider the following tips:
Whenever you add compost to your type of soil, you reduce your plant’s need for frequent watering. Studies done have established that when you increase organic matter by 5%, this quadruples the soil’s capacity to hold water.
Using mulch is also another way to reduce the need for water because evaporation is reduced. This helps in cooling the soil or warming it depending on the mulch type used. Mulch has been known to reduce your plants’ water needs by about 50% and in the event that you’re not sure what to use, consider straw. The reason for this is because as it breaks down, it adds organic matter to your soil type so consider using a thick layer that is about 1-3 inches.
Using irrigation is the preferred option and here is where you should consider using the Wise Orchard smart water valve because it not only conserves water, but it also gives your plants exactly what they need without causing unnecessary stress. Knowing how much your garden needs and ensuring that moisture is retained while also distributing water in your garden effectively is another amazing use of the Wise Orchard smart water valve.
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What is smart watering all about? When we call Wise Orchard “smart” we usually mean it uses smart practices to conserve water and give your plants exactly what they need without causing unnecessary stress. Efficiency and saving are two main goals of smart watering.
Normally, you would need to be on top of things all the time. Smart watering is about knowing how much your garden needs, ensuring any moisture is retained, and distributing water in the garden effectively. With Wise Orchard in charge, that is no longer difficult and time-consuming. It will save you time and money over the long term while making a sustainable use of water resources. Conserve supply by applying water in a clever and responsible way.
We have put together a series of tips to help you get the most out of your smart garden with Wise Orchard:
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Making gardening easier and better
Wise Orchard is a smart irrigation system that automatically adjusts your watering schedule for you and helps you take better care of your plants. No more guessing the right watering schedule every time the weather changes. This also saves you money and helps conserve precious water. Wise Orchard is remotely accessible on the Internet, super-easy to use, affordable and smart, granting you an unprecedented level of automation and control over your watering.
What Wise Orchard can do for you
We designed Wise Orchard with both novice and expert gardeners in mind. It simplifies taking care of your garden if you don’t know how to water or can’t afford to spend the time to make manual adjustments as the weather changes. It also lowers your water bill and helps conserve more water. Being based in hot southern Europe, we know a thing or two about drought and water conservation. For expert gardeners, we offer an unprecedented level of customization that will let you take your garden care to the next level.
How it works
Wise Orchard pulls local weather data automatically from multiple weather forecast services and thousands of weather stations in order to create and adjust your personalized watering plan in real time. Wise Orchard will not only automate your watering, it will also use its plant database to offer you tips on how to better grow your plants.