A few months ago, I wrote a column titled, "6 items I wouldn't garden without," and one of them was the easyBloom plant sensor, a nifty device that tells you what plants are suitable for your garden.
Just stick it in the ground, leave it there for 24 hours while it collects sunlight, temperature, humidity and soil-drainage data, then plug it into your computer's USB port. The collected information is automatically analyzed, generating a report of plants that are suitable for the spot. Another setting diagnoses ailing plants, while a third quickly lets you know whether the plant needs to be watered.
This marvel of modern agriculture, which is compatible with both PC and Mac computers, doesn't come cheap. But today's your lucky day. Though it retails for $59.95, you might get your hands on one of these babies gratis. All you have to do is tell me why you need one.
With the year winding down, this is the perfect time to reflect upon the gardening fiascos of the past 12 months. Did you scorch your lungwort in the blazing sun? Overwater your cyclamen?
Tell me why you're a lousy gardener and need some electronic help. Be sure to include your full name and hometown. My favorite entry gets the easyBloom, which is sitting on my desk all packed up and ready to go. Submit by Monday, Dec. 21, by sending an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.