If you have your finger on the pulse, you can discover a range of gardening gadgets and technology that can help you create a beautiful and productive garden. To help you plan for the gardening year ahead, we’ve put together this list of top gardening gadgets and technology for 2020:
Top Gardening Gadgets & Technology for The Grow-Your Own Trend
As we move into the next decade, the grow-your-own trend is set to continue. As more and more people recognise the wisdom in growing their own food year round, we expect to see increasing sales of our polytunnels. A polytunnel can make it a whole lot easier to grow your own fresh produce throughout the whole year. But a polytunnel is not the only item that can make it easier for gardeners who are growing their own fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Eco-Friendly Composts and Mulches
Making your own composts and mulches can be a great way to give back. It can help to keep your garden ecosystem healthy and resilient. But for 2020, gardeners can also choose from an increasingly technologically advanced range of eco-friendly composts. Ethical options if you cannot make your own include:
Traidcraft Fair Trade Compost
GroChar Peat Free Compost
Fertile Fibre Peak Free Organic Compost
Dalefoot Wool Compost
Eden Project Coir Compost
The technology and know-how in creating peat-free composts and eco-friendly mulches are set to continue to go from strength to strength over the coming year.
Another important trend is the increasing connectivity in the gardening world. More and more, growing and technology are going hand-in-hand. There are a range of apps for iOs and android. These allow grow-your-own gardeners to connect with other gardeners. They also allow them to identify plants, learn more about their gardens and the plants that they grow. What is more, they can offer garden inspiration, and help with good garden design.
Some garden apps to consider include:
Using smartphones and other devices open up the world of gardening and growing for those who are not necessarily very experienced and do not necessarily have the greenest of thumbs.
Top Gardening Gadgets & Technology for The Growing War on Plastic
Another major trend in gardening in 2020 involves moving away from single-use or throw-away plastics. As more and more people move away from plastic items plant pots and towards more sustainable options, top gardening gadgets include:
Biodegradable Plant Pots
As consumers move away from plastic containers, businesses are coming up with a range of new and innovative biodegradable plant pot solutions. These eco-friendly, natural plant pots can be made from a range of different things, including coir, husks, paper/cardboard and bamboo.
Another way to go is to forgo the pots altogether and choose to make soil blocks with one of a range of soil blockers that are on the market. Interest in sowing and growing seedlings without pots is set to soar in 2020.
Top Gardening Gadgets & Technology for The Wildlife-Friendly Gardening Trend
As concern for global biodiversity increases, more and more people are looking into how they can attract wildlife to their gardens. This involves wildlife-friendly planting, habitat creation and organic gardening. But more and more, people want not only to attract wildlife but to monitor biodiversity in their space. Top gardening gadgets and technology for a wildlife-friendly garden include:
Garden Wildlife Sensors and Cameras
Innovative new wildlife sensors and low-cost remote cameras make it easier than ever for wildlife-friendly gardeners in 2020 to see which creatures are visiting. Raspberry pi set ups even make it possible for gardeners to make their own wildlife monitoring equipment. Such equipment is surely set to become more popular over the coming year.
Block Chain Technology
Behind the scenes, another interesting thing in the field of sustainability and biodiversity is blockchain technology. Long used for cryptocurrency trading, blockchain technology is now finding a wide range of other applications. These applications include a number of relevance to gardeners – including biodiversity monitoring, collection and dispersal of invasive species data, and the management of natural resources.
Top Gardening Gadgets & Technology for The Small-Garden Trend
Another important trend in gardening involves gardening in small spaces. As more and more people end up in cities, with only small gardens, or no gardens at all, effective use of growing space becomes more and more important. Other top gardening gadgets and technology for 2020 involve clever solutions for small-space gardening, such as:
Small-Scale Hydroponics Kits
Hydroponics (growing plants in water, rather than soil) can be a great solution for small spaces – indoors and outside. Increasingly, there a wide range of small-scale hydroponics kits on offer that allows hydroponic gardeners to get started with little financial outlay. Check out the Alicja Patanowska Plantation hydroponic plant grower for a simple, eco-friendly gadget that allows you to get started with hydroponic growing.
Self-Watering Vertical Gardens
Vertical gardens have been a top trending garden item over the past few years. But as more small-space gardeners emerge to try growing their own, self-watering vertical gardens are set to be all the rage in 2020. These self-watering small space garden solutions offer a great solution not only for those gardening without much space, but also for those who want a low-maintenance option that will fit in with their busy lives.
Top Gardening Gadgets & Technology for The Outdoor Kitchen Trend
Another major garden trend set to continue in 2020 is outdoors cooking. More and more, we view our gardens as extensions to the home. Outdoors and indoors spaces are becoming ever more blended and merged. Gardens are becoming almost like extra rooms for homes. Outdoor kitchen gadgets and technology are top choices for gardeners in 2020. Adding facilities for cooking the food you eat outdoors enables those who grow their own to prepare and cook their own delicious produce outside too.
Infrared grills are a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional gas grills. They are becoming a popular option for outdoors kitchens. They heat up quickly and cook food quickly too. This means that they are an interesting option for outdoors cooking enthusiasts.
Another interesting option for those who like to cook outdoors are solar ovens. It is possible to make your own basic solar oven for your garden. But there are also a range of high-tech solar cooking appliances and gadgets on the market.
Of course, new gardening gadgets and technology are always emerging. As a keen gardener, you may not always keep up with the latest developments. But stay on top of the trends and you can make sure you are not left behind. Combining the traditional skills of gardening with more modern gadgets and technological advances can help you to make sure you stay ahead of the curve. It can help you make sure that your garden is the best it can possibly be.
Which gardening gadgets and technologies are you most interested in as we move into 2020? Share your own suggestions for products or technologies to consider, and your own experiences with any of the products mentioned above, in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.