Good Tech Gardening Tips for the Backyardless?

While living in a 2-bedroom loft in downtown might have its pluses (computing on the balcony, close proximity to work, and a friendly security guard named Joe), when it comes to finding anything remotely "green" to look at, I usually find myself hard out of luck.

So, seeing as I am both backyardless, I was wondering if any readers out there know where I can find some kind of automated watering system (kind of like this one) to help water my plants if I were to start one on my balcony?

Not to mention the soil, as I'm not even sure if there is a tech solution that helps maintain the mineral content (or better yet, measure it?).

If you have any great tips to help automate and maintain a garden on a porch or balcony, please help this clueless gardener-to-be in the comments! The more tech-oriented the tool, the better!

(Image: Bad Alley)

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