GARDENERS fearing the approach of winter could have a new weapon in their fight against the coming winter chill.

And the neighbours could be green with envy if they spot a special gardening assistant in your backyard.

The gardener’s pal is an electronic device called Bitponics, which uses sensors placed in a garden to monitor water pH levels, water and air temperature as well as light and humidity levels.

So unlike Mary, quite contrary, gardeners can create an electronic blueprint for how they want their garden to grow.

The sensors then feed information back to a central hub, which controls factors such as lighting and water levels.

One of the company’s founders, Amit Kumar, said: “A lot of people like plants and wish they could grow plants. But not a lot of people know about it. We want you to grow no matter what your skill-set is.

“It can be pretty hard to know what you should be doing. There is a lot of knowledge out there, but it’s not structured. We are trying to create and share data that is really easy and applicable.”

The company appealed for start-up finance through kickstarter, an online means of crowd-sourcing funding.

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