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Installing A Home Weather Station – A Must Have For Every Gardener!

You might be surprised at just how much installing a home weather station can mean for the success of your garden and flowerbeds. And for your peace of mind too!

It’s funny how there can be a gadget you never owned, but suddenly wonder how you ever lived without. And that is exactly the case with our home weather system.

installing a home weather station
Our home weather station has been incredibly helpful when it comes to everything gardening. From knowing when and how much it rained, to the high and low temperatures, humidity, wind speeds and even lightening strikes, it is the eyes and ears of our specific weather conditions.

In fact, we rely on it more than we ever thought possible to help keep our plants healthy and safe. Here’s a look at the benefits of installing a home weather system – and how easy it is to do!

The Benefits Of A Home Weather Station

When it comes to gardening and the weather, the two couldn’t be more connected. Rainfall, temperature, and other key weather factors play pivotal roles in the success and production of plants.

Especially when you know exactly what your specific flowerbeds and gardens are experiencing.

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Knowing how much rain fell, and how much rain you have received through the week can help with knowing when to water, and when not to!

For instance, how cold it gets in the evening can be the difference between a plant that is damaged by frost or a hard freeze. As can knowing how much rain just fell, or how much as fallen the last few days or week.

Throw in knowing the humidity, light intensity and the UV index, and it can arm any gardener with powerful information. And in many cases, that knowledge can help save the day!

A Surprise Freeze – How Installing A Home Weather Station Can Save The Day

That is exactly what happened to us this past year, when our weather system saved a large portion of vegetable transplants in our garden.

It was one of those nights where the temps were forecast to bottom out at 44. With that in mind, we went to bed with no worries about our tender young plants.

So imagine our surprise when the weather alarm went off at 2 a.m. notifying us it was 35 degrees. Apparently, the weather folks had somehow missed that forecast! (never happens, right?)

protecting plants
The infamous paper bag trick, protecting our plants from an early spring frost. Knowing the temperature of your specific garden space can be a big help in knowing when to protect them.

It prompted an early morning visit to the garden to cover our vegetable plants. And in the process, saved them from an almost certain death.

The temperature ended up dipping all the way to 29 that night. And the surrounding frost/freeze would have surely stunted or killed them off completely. (See : How To Protect A Garden From Frost)

Why Home Weather Stations Are So Important

A home weather system’s value of course goes far beyond just telling you the temperature. Especially when they can measure rainfall, humidity and more – to your exact specific location.

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Knowing how much rain fell in the garden is so important in keeping our plants well hydrated.

Knowing just how much rain fell today, or in the last week is a great way to know if any watering needs to be done. And as we all know, rainfall can vary a huge amount within a mile or two. So knowing what fell exactly on your garden is truly a big deal!

Installing A Home Weather Station

We utilize an Acurite Atlas Weather Station for our home unit. Acurite makes a whole line of weather stations to fit nearly any need or budget, and best of all, we love how easy they are to install.

To set up, you simply need to mount the weather station unit, and set up the display – that’s it! Although you can purchase a mounting pole, we used an existing post in our yard to mount the unit 5′ feet off the ground.

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This is the home base of our weather station. This photo was snapped during a recent windstorm at the farm. As you can see, with a 33 mph wind – it was a crazy day!

It is important when mounting any weather station to place it in a range to measure the true air temp. Mounting too close to the ground can result in false readings from the heat of the soil. Anywhere from 4′ to 6′ high is best.

Beyond that, it is as easy as setting up the home base inside to connect to the unit. One of the things we really like about our unit is that it allows for a wireless range up to 330 feet from the in-home display. That leaves plenty of room to place the sensors in the garden where they can show the exact conditions of that space.

The Remote Option

Specifically, we us the Acurite Atlas Weather Station With Wi-Fi Remote version on our farm. With it, we are able to receive the weather data right to our smart phones in addition to the in-house display, which is great for setting up temperature or weather alerts like the frost story above.

Accurite Atlas Weather Station
The Atlas Weather Station with Wi-Fi Remote allows you to receive info directly to your phone. It is really nice knowing the weather conditions going on exactly in your garden.

The Acurite Atlas weather station measures temperature, rainfall totals, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, light intensity, UV index, and even lightning strikes.

Yes, I will admit it can get a bit addictive looking at all the weather stats. But they really do come in handy when it comes to our garden. And it truly has been such a help in watering and protecting our plants. Happy Gardening – Jim & Mary

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