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EasyBloom Plant Sensor — Your Electronic Farmer

March 12th, 2009 by Matthew Steinhoff

EasyBloom Plant SensorI’m not the biggest gardening geek on the block any longer and that is saying a lot given that I have live streaming video of my tomatoes.

To your right, please see my newest garden technology find, the EasyBloom Plant Sensor.

EasyBloom Plant Sensor and Educated Garden Advisor

EasyBloom Plant Sensor Attached to Laptop

  • Step One: Buy the EasyBloom Plant Sensor.
  • Step Two: Stick it in your garden.
  • Step Three: Stick it in your USB port.
  • Step Four: Do whatever it tells you.

Does the EasyBloom Plant Sensor Work?

I don’t know. I don’t own one. I’m seriously thinking about buying one, however. My tomatoes are brown and I’m not sure if it is from too much water or too little water. My mom used to have a plant hydrometer that would report the level of water in the soil. I came across this product while looking for a hydrometer.

The Amazon Reviews are fairly positive — three and a half stars out of five with 24 people voting. The editors at the technology magazine CNET also gave the EasyBloom a ‘Very Good’ rating.

EasyBloom Plant Sensor Review and Recommendation

I love metrics. I’m just not sure if I’m willing to spend $60.

I like that the device accurately measures the amount of sunlight and soil conditions. I like that it connects to the internet and figures out which of 5,000 possible plants would like your garden the best. I like that it will tell you what is wrong with your plants based on a description and its captured condition data.

But, for $60, I also want it to do, at minimum, a pH test of the soil.

Anyone Using the EasyBloom Plant Sensor?

If you’re using the EasyBloom or another automatic garden data gathering device, please let me know. I’d love go know what else is out there. Also, why are my tomatoes brown?

—Farmer Matt

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  • From personal experience, I would say that your tomato plants are turning brown, because it is mid March in Florida. The growing season is nearly over.

    Also, we are in a drought. (Personal Opinion – No matter how much water you put on the garden, it just isn’t the same thing as having it rained on.)

    A suggestion (also learned from personal experience)… start planting October/November, instead of February.

  • I didn’t either… which is why the first garden I planted when we moved to Florida lasted from the end of March to maybe mid-May.

    Planted lots. Nothing to gather, but a few shriveled leaves that the heat left and the nematodes missed.

    • Sounds super fun! But you can take your soil in to be tested for free all kinds of places. Check out your local Extension Office for great free pointers, too!