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Nick Odantzis loves the garden, with or without tech
There’s a funny thing that occurs at this time of the year. In the middle of Spring, when the weather is starting to get its warm and sunny hat on, the world outside starts calling my name. And it’s saying: “It’s a nice day, get outside, put down that cell you’ve been playing with and stop worrying about all that smart home stuff you’ve filled your house with!” Suddenly, everything I’ve worked hard on improving on the inside of my home over the last six months — whether it’s making my heating easy to control from a smart thermostat or asking Siri on my HomePod to turn on all the lights as soon as I get in from work in the evening — becomes less interesting. And, well, just less relevant really.
The winter is hard on the soul, more so for those of us with SATD (Seasonal Affective Tech Disorder), so smart home gadgets help to fill that cold and dark void, with the promise of a better quality of life, with light and warmth to keep us happy. But once the weather gets nicer, just step outside, enjoy the heat of the sun on your face and crack open a can of that light and hoppy craft beer that you’ve been saving for the right occasion. You don’t need any of those gadgets, or do you? If this month’s Home Life feature is anything to go by, then once the smart home season comes to an end, the smart garden season begins.
While you might think that the garden is the last place you’d want to be messing with gadgets, I’ve found there is a place for them — within reason. Honestly, I still get a bit of a kick from mowing the lawn the good ol’ fashioned way because, heck, it feels pretty damn good to do so.
But then I don’t have an especially big garden to tend to. What I do have a lot of is plants, and when it gets really warm in the middle of summer, I’d rather be drinking more of those ice cold brewskis than spending an hour each evening watering my garden with a regular hose. So, I’m all for a smart sprinkling system that takes out the hard work that I don’t actually enjoy. That’s the thing with the smart garden, as it is with the smart home — when a gadget takes away the need to do something that I don’t actually enjoy doing, or makes a task easier to do, then I’m all for it. When it’s there just for the sake of it? I’ll pass. That said, we’re all different, and one person’s idea of fun is another’s idea of hell. So go ahead, outfit your garden with gadgets if that’s your thing. If not, life is still pretty good.
Winter gadgets take a back seat in summer