Weather Tracking and Measurement
Tracking the weather provides you with essential information for tending your garden, and there's a wide range of tools available both high-tech and low to help you do it
Weather StationA sophisticated weather station similar to the one we demonstrated on the show can provide information on temperature, humidity, wind, barometric pressure and many other functions helpful in predicting and measuring weather. Gardeners can track their local weather data across seasons to assist in planning, planting and maintenance strategies. Different makes and models are available, designed to suit a range of individual needs, from retailers nationwide and on the Internet.
Long-range Wireless Thermometer & HygrometerA scaled-down, less-expensive version of a weather station, this compact, battery-operated unit uses remote sensors to transmit temperature-trend and humidity data from up to three different locations on your property to the central display module. Starting at around $50, this and similar models are available from retailers nationwide and on the Internet.
Rain GaugeKeeping track of rainfall is important because it helps you monitor how much groundwater is naturally available to your plant roots. Anything as simple as an empty coffee can will do for measuring rain, although such a method will require you to go out and take a reading yourself with a ruler. One alternative to trudging out in the mud is a jumbo rain gauge. Such gauges are easily anchored in the ground and have large bright numbers and often some sort of floating-ball indicator to let you take a reading from the dry side of the window. Large gauges like the one Paul demonstrated on the show sell for around $15 and are available from retailers nationwide and on the Internet.
New England Weather StickAlso known as a "Maine Weather Stick," this is perhaps the simplest of weather predictors available. Made of birch and attributed to northeast Native American tribes, the stick will rise when good weather is impending, and fall when inclement weather is on the way. Mount the stick outside, exposed to the elements, and it will react to your climate.
Witch's BallAlso known as a "gazing ball" or "gazing globe," a witch's ball is an ornamental addition to any garden with its shiny surface reflecting whirls of color back at the observer. Gardening correspondent Paul Epsom tells us that according to legend, it may have the ability to help a gardener avoid bad weather. We at The Victory Garden can't officially comment on this but we definitely like its looks as a focal point in a garden, or hanging in a greenhouse. Legend has it that evil spirits are mesmerized by the ball's reflective beauty. When the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed and trapped in the weblike strands of the glass inside the ball. Because the witch's ball is similar to the glass balls used by fishermen on their nets, it is also associated with many sea superstitions and legends. Witch's ball are available in a range of colors from garden centers nationwide and on the Internet.
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This segment appears in show #2702.