Gardening tools go mobile as growers turn to laptops, tablets & smartphones
NEW YORK - Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts?
Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.
Apps may get more attention, but they're small potatoes compared with the software and online programmes already at work or being tested for horticultural use.
Simply scanning a monitor or applying a few keystrokes can save water and fuel, redirect a labour force or protect a crop.