I’m a sucker for a garden doodad. Someday I want to have a cute garden shed where all of my garden doodads are beautifully displayed. (Although I can’t have a structure in my back yard per the HOA. DARN HOA)
A couple of years ago I bought a moisture/ph/sunlight meter. One of those things I saw in a garden store and thought, “How cool!”. I brought it home, then didn’t do a darn thing with it until recently.
Y’all. This is really the coolest thing. I have been guilty in the past of overwatering. It’s pretty common with beginning gardeners, I think. I’ve started using this meter every weekend. I go around from bed to bed and stick this in the soil and let it tell me how dry or moist the soil is. Then, I only water the beds that need it so I’m not wasting water AND I’m creating an optimal situation for the plants.
Here is one almost identical to the one I have: Jellas Soil pH Meter, 3-in-1 Moisture Sensor Meter/Light/pH Soil Test Kits Test Plant Moisture Meter for Garden, Farm, Lawn, Indoor & Outdoor Use (Green)
It amazes me that something so inexpensive can be so handy and work so well. Consider picking one up for yourself!