The $10 Tool I Can’t Live Without For Hand-Watering My Grow

Ben Owens
2 min readAug 1

Today, there is an app, gadget, or “smart” solution for just about everything in the grow (including automatic feeds).

But when it comes to hand-watering, there is 1 tool I can’t live without:

A Moisture Meter

Here’s why:

Reason #1: Everyone overwaters.

If you’re hand-watering and you aren’t taking moisture readings, chances are you’re overwatering like I was.

Since I started using one of these meters regularly, my plants have been happier, and my feeds have been adjusted based on what the plant wants, not just what my schedule may call for.

They’re much happier (and performing much better) as a result.

Reason #2: Every plant feeds differently.

When I started growing, I understood this conceptually, but I didn’t really have any way of knowing how differently to feed, other than looking for deficiencies and cries for help.

So, I did what many new grower do, I fed the plants evenly.

Since I started taking moisture readings, I’ve cut certain genetics’ feeds in half, and the plants are much happier (and performing much better) than they were when I was overwatering and didn’t know it.

Reason #3: They’re a cheap solution with massive value.

Like ~$10 cheap.

I might even be bold enough to say that the amount you spend is equivalent to the amount you save on wasted water (and nutrients) in addition to the increased performance of your plants.

A cheap garden meter will immediately give you a better grasp of your soil’s moisture content (much more so than a finger test or picking your pot up).

Reason #4: You can buy them today, locally.

You don’t even need to go to a grow store.

And you can get it immediately (I love instant gratification when it comes to grow purchases) at most hardware stores and garden centers.

If you want to find an easy way to dial in your feeds so that your plants can perform better, I can’t recommend a moisture meter enough.


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