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A Plant Tracker To Root For

Parrot Flower Power Plant Monitor

For obsessive but absent-minded tech geeks whose thumbs are jonesin’ to go green, the Flower Power app by Parrot is the perfect gardener on the cheap. Using a wireless bio-dongle — a kitschy divining-rod-shaped device that plugs into the soil next to your budding buddy — the app monitors plants’ stats in real time. Data…

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Fear not, Forget-me-nots

Joey Roth Self-Watering Planter

“Black Thumb” is a dramatic label that was probably dreamed-up by regimental types to keep their absent-minded counterparts (like us) feeling incompetent. Take back your dignity and add some life to your residence with the Joey Roth Self-Watering Planter ($45). The understated 8-inch pot, made from terracotta and zisha, was inspired by an ancient irrigation…

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Don't run out of thyme

GroVert Chalkboard Wall Planter

Looking like wall art that’s collided with a Cheesecake Factory entrée-sized salad, the GroVert Chalkboard Wall Planter ($130) is an apartment-bound green thumb’s dream. Mounted vertically on any wall (avoid the bathroom), the three-in-one planter provides a fresh herb garden without the plot O’land. Gardeners tend to be a fastidious lot, so the GroVert includes…

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Good taste, year-round

Urban Cultivator

Looking to elevate your home cooking from Boyardee to Batali? Fresh herbs are an excellent place to start. The Urban Cultivator ($2,200) lets home chefs not living in the state of California do the impossible — grow fresh hydroponic herbs or greens year-round. The home appliance, which is roughly the size of a dishwasher, maintains…

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Zac Tool Trenching Shovel

Some accuse me of being an urban dweller, but I can reassure you that I spent many a summer digging holes: holes for fence posts, holes for our family’s sprinkler syste, and holes for mafia hits. Er, scratch that last one. It’s unfortunate I had to rely on crap department store brands instead of a…