Not Sure When to Water Your Plants? This Soil Moisture Sensor Will Tell You

Verdmo
Verdmo

Unless you’re a gardening guru or have a natural green thumb, the demands of daily life can make it easy to forget to water your plants. Over-watering can be just as deadly, and it’s especially tricky if you’re working with a variety of plants with different “feeding” schedules, whether it's daily, weekly, or semiweekly.

This is one case where technology can be a boon. A new soil moisture sensor called the Verdmo monitors your lawn, garden, or potted plant and tells you when it’s time to break out the watering can. The hexagonal device contains three sensors that work together to measure the water content in the soil, as well as the temperature.

It wirelessly pairs with a smartphone app for both iOS and Android, so you can always keep tabs on your lawn or flowers, no matter where you are. You’ll also get a notification when your plants are thirsty, which takes the guesswork out of gardening.

“When we set out we knew we wanted to make something that delivered accurate results, would last, look good, and be easy to use,” said D. Kelly, the founder of Verdmo. “Throw in AA batteries, download the app, and connect it to your Wi-Fi. That's it. Verdmo is built to help you save your lawn, money, and water.”

The app is capable of managing multiple Verdmo devices, in case you want to monitor different sections of your garden or a variety of potted plants. The sensor works for both indoor and outdoor plants, so you can stick it in a pot or directly into the ground.

Order the Verdmo online for $75, and use the code VERDMO10 to save 10 percent.

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These Costco-Themed Pajamas Pay Homage to Their Famous Pizza and Sample Tables

Costco
Costco

If you're looking for another way to flaunt your love of Costco, now you can wrap yourself in these Costco-themed ladies' flannel pajamas every night. Complete with a pair of matching socks, this PJ set is available on the retailer’s website for $10.

The pajamas are decorated with just about everything people have come to know and love about the iconic bulk retailer: giant slices of their famous pizza, snack containers the size of oil drums, and their trademark free sample table that customers have been known to make meals out of. Along with a drawstring and an elastic waistband, the bottoms also feature snap cuffs, allowing you to adjust the pant leg to your optimal length. This PJ set comes with three pockets and a blue and white print on the cuffs, drawstring, and waistband.

Costco socks
Each pair of Costco pajamas comes with a pair of matching socks.
Costco

Did you know that Costco also sells caskets? Find out more about how the retailer can prep you for the afterlife, along with 13 other facts, here. And if you're in the market for a Costco membership, head here.

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Trick Your Friends Into Thinking You’re a Sommelier With This Wine Pairing Towel Set

Wine pairing towels on sale at UncommonGoods.
Wine pairing towels on sale at UncommonGoods.
UncommonGoods

One of the most stressful parts of cooking a delicious dinner is figuring out what kind of wine would be the perfect complement to your meal. What goes with steak? Salmon? Pizza? Opinions and palates will always differ.

But don’t throw in the towel just yet. Behold this lifesaving wine pairing towel set, which is available on UncommonGoods for $28. These nifty towels show you which wines—both white and red—go best with certain foods. And they don’t skimp on the options, either. They feature 68 common wines and 56 different foods (that’s 3808 possible combinations).

Each bottle is ranked against each food, and the pairing quality is listed as either excellent, good, or avoid. And as a bonus, they also feature notes about each wine’s acidity, tannins, body, and sweetness. So if you don’t want to ask Alexa about the wine you’re drinking, you can just sneak a peek at these towels while everyone else is praising you for your amazing pairing skills.

Great for wine novices, wine snobs, and everyone in between, these towels are the perfect resource for anyone who needs a little extra help when it comes to choosing the right bottle for dinner. Learn some more fun facts about wine here.

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