All images courtesy of Edyn
I can’t count the times Laila told me to remember to water the tunnel or the veg beds. I always thought there must be a better way, a way to automate it.
Well, I found Edyn. A very clever watering system that takes the guesswork out of watering your precious crops.
River Cottage Australia
For starters, if you haven’t been watching this, it’s great. Paul West is simply brilliant and a better chef than Hugh (he agrees). Catch it if you can.
In one of the episodes he visited this bloke who had created a soil moisture measuring tool. It was pegged in the ground and it reported on the amount of water in the soil, providing you with an indicator whether or not you should water the patch, and how much. This was very interesting. I don’t want to overdo the water giving, but not underdo it either. And with a lot of watering to do, it’s easy to not give enough.
The Edyn watering system is more than the regular programmed or dripping systems. These system can be considered dumb. You program them and then they just do, regardless of moisture levels.
The Edyn Garden Sensor is the brains of the operation, and the most interesting part. It connects to your smartphone via your WiFi network and it tells you everything you need to know, and I do mean everything.., not just how much water is in the ground.
Are you ready for this? The Edyn Garden Sensor “tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition, and moisture — and then cross-references this information with plant databases, soil science, and the weather to give you customized gardening guidance.”
Now that is some serious intelligence gathering.
You can let it know which plants (or veggies) it’s monitoring, so it knows (much better then I could) how much water they need. And all this information is available from your smartphone, so you can read up on it and improve the soil where necessary (it also sends notifications if action is required).
Of course, you didn’t think that you’d had to go out and do the watering yourself, right?
The valve gets its information from the sensor, so it knows exactly how much water is needed, and when. And to top that, it combines its knowledge with local weather forecasts, yes, seriously. So, if rain is predicted, this taken into account by the valve.
This doesn’t sound dumb at all, does it?
And that too. The whole system is self sustaining. It’s powered by the greatest energy source available to us.., the Sun. How cool, or hot, is that?
I know, you probably figured it’s a no-brainer, but they still have to make a system that runs on low power, and keeps going no matter what. After all, owners of the system will depend heavily on it.
I hear you thinking. This must cost a small fortune. Well, you are not entirely wrong. It’s not cheap, but the tech and innovation, and usability, should be worth something, right?
The sensor is most expensive, obviously, it’s yours for $99. The valve is $69. Including shipping it sets you back $190 for a set. And this is for one sort of veg/plant as far as I can make out. Judge for yourself if you think it’s worth it.
I do use dollars for the price, as this product is only available in the US as of this writing, but more countries are promised soon. We are not affiliated with Edyn at all, I just love the tech, but if they want us to review it for their European market, we’d be happy to.
All images courtesy of Edyn