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A new kind of watering device

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Little Crop Circles aims to help people grow more food in less space with less water

by Derek Markham

A new kind of watering device promises to “grow more food in any climate, anywhere,” whether used in gardens, farms, or containers.

When it comes to new garden and farming technology, I’m always a bit more skeptical of higher-tech and more complex devices, mostly because the more potential weak links there are in any given system, and the higher the price, the more likely they are to require additional money and troubleshooting down the road, and the more likely they are to be gathering dust instead of growing food.

That’s not to say that I think all high-tech gardening innovations are to be avoided, as some systems may have the potential to really change the game, especially those that can produce higher yields in smaller spaces year-round, such as hydroponic or aquaponic shipping container farms in urban areas, but rather that sometimes, it’s the small and simple things that can make a big difference, such as precision watering or improved plant and soil health.

One new product entering the garden market this year intends to make an impact on both the yields and the amount of water used to produce those yields, whether you’re growing in containers, in a backyard garden, or on a small farm. Little Crop Circles is the name of the devices, and the inventor claims that by using them, it’s possible to grow more food in less space with less water, especially when combined with a proprietary trellising system.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.