This Year’s “Lord Of The Gourd” Record Breaking Pumpkin Weighed 2009 Pounds. You Know What? We’re Going To Need A Bigger Hippo.

Ron Wallace's Record Breaking 2009 Lbs Pumpkin.At the 2012 Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts, Ron Wallace surpassed the 1 ton ceiling by growing a 2009 lbs pumpkin. Hoping they wouldn’t go to waste, I contacted the organizers of the Topsfield Fair to find out what the competitors did with their massive pumpkins after the fair and they told me that it’s up to each participant. I have a video suggestion below but this is definitely going to be a group project. [Treehugger]


Plant Host Drone (PHD) Lets Your Plants Follow The Sunlight. Still Gets A Damn Unnecessary Machine (DUM) From Jubbling.

Plant Host Drone (PHD)Don’t get me wrong, the Plant Host Drone (PHD) is a neat project and its creator, Belgian sculptor Stephen Verstraete, is more talented asleep than I am awake. I just hope people don’t consider putting their houseplants on autonomous, battery-powered vehicles that follow the sunlight a viable product. Even if the PHD served double duty and dragged a cat toy around the room as it moved, it still wouldn’t make the Jubbling cut. It’s a greenie “fishing with hand grenades” kind of idea. [Gizmag]


Updated $169 Koubachi Wi-Fi Sensor Now Lets Your Outside Plants Tell You When They’re Too Hot And Hungry.

Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant SensorVersion 2.0 of the Koubachi Wi-Fi plant sensor is going to hit the market in October 2012 and sell at a price of $169. The updated version now works indoors & outdoors and lets the grower know their plant’s soil moisture level, light and temperature via a free cloud service. A good tool to keep your plants alive if you’ve got that kind of cabbage to spend.

If you don’t have Koubachi type cash on hand, then maybe a Kobayashi Komposter is for you. The Kobayashi Komposter Inspired by the world-famous eating champ, Kobayashi, our planned kompost bin will devour all the plants you kill by not purchasing the Koubachi and more! Of course we’re still waiting for one manufacturer to take us seriously and hoping Kobayashi will return our calls. MSRP: $130.

While we wait for the deal to finalize, Jubbling’s other alternative to the $169 Koubachi is for me to email you twice a week and remind you to “water your freakin plants!” At $50 per year, it’s a bargain. [GizMag]


Democratech’s Sprout Pencil Becomes A Plant Instead Of Trash.

When the Sprout pencil becomes an unusable nub, plant it in your garden instead of the garbage. That’s because it has a seed enclosed in its end-cap that when planted, can grow into an herb (the basil variety), flower or vegetable. Simple idea that with the help of their Kickstarter funds, Democratech will hopefully sell at a price close to standard pencils.

I first heard about the Sprout pencil back in August 2012. It seemed like a “gimmicky for good” idea and moved on. Then I watched the Kickstarter video and I have to make one recommendation: only plant the Sprout pencils in a pot. If you plant a dozen of these in a garden, pointed up, you are unintentionally creating a booby-trap similar to what you’d in see in a movie like Platoon or even Home Alone. No more barefoot walks in the garden.

And while I’m on the subject of pencils – has anyone noticed how low-quality they’ve become? Is it the wood or the lead/graphite? Maybe I should avoid the 20 for $1 deals from the office stores because after sharpening, I may end up with 10 usable pencils.

More than likely, the Sprout will sell at a premium over standard pencils so expectantly, they’ll be of higher quality. If they turn out to be inexpensive and low-quality, at least I’ll get 10 future plants immediately from my 20 pack. [Treehugger]


Thanks To Climate Change, Dwarf Plants May Be Food For Future ‘Mini’ Humans.

Happiness!  Wee Humans Meet Wee Plants.  Back in March 2012, Popular Science posted “Hot Weather Makes Mammals Smaller, So Will Global Warming Make Us Shrink?” The article discusses how 56 million years ago, during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) phase, horses shrank in size when global temperatures increased by 5 to 10 degrees due to an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Going further, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, Philip Gingerich, joked in the article about our future climate change and stated that “we’re going to be walking around 3 feet tall if we keep going the way we’re going.” Basically, next-humans will have to become smaller and subsist on fewer resources in order to adapt to our warming climate.

Now here’s the part where Laverne, meets Shirley.

Just in time to feed the petite-humans of the warmer future, Gizmag posted, “Dwarf plants could reduce demands for water, fertilizer, nutrients and pesticides.” The article is about the work of Assistant Professor of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Burkhard Schulz, and how he discovered a way to treat plants with a cheap and widely available fungicide, propiconazole, that will keep them small in size without affecting their output. Not only would the treated, smaller plants need less fertilizer, water and space but they could also be sturdier due to their small size and ability to resist the weather.

So thank you wee-plants. Wee-humans of the future owe you a solid. [PopSci and Gizmag]