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EasyBloom

Miss Cellania
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As happens every year, just as soon as I get the old garden cleaned up for the winter, I start thinking about what to plant next year. I'm starting all over again with a new yard, so everything I plant will be an experiment. That's why the EasyBloom device from PlantSense grabbed my attention. It's an electronic plastic stake that looks like an electric toothbrush with a flower on top. Stick it in your garden soil, or any place you are considering planting something, and it will advise you. It has sensors that measure sunlight, soil moisture, humidity, and temperature for a 24-hour period.
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You take that data, download it to your PC via a handy USB, and the information from your front yard is then mapped against a Web-based database of plants. Given your locale (based on zip code) PlantSense will come back with types of plants that will work for specific parts of your yard, inside your house or any place you want something to grow.

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