Saratoga Springs High School InvenTeam

Saratoga Springs, NY
Plant and flower success indicator to measure garden conditions

• The Garden Consultant is an automated system to test soil conditions and determine the optimal plants for those conditions.
• To develop its invention, the InvenTeam consulted Cornell University Professor Charles Maza and his soil and environmental testing manual, <Site Assessment for Gardeners: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Better Home Gardens and Landscapes.
• The Garden Consultant provides sensors that measure soil infiltration, pH, temperature, salinity, sunlight intensity, and wind speed.
• Users can manually enter soil data or collect the data through a system of sensors, then the Garden Consult database <> analyzes the data and matches it with a list of plants provided through the <United States Department of Agriculture’s> database.
• The InvenTeam plans to further develop its database to include plants that can be purchased at local nurseries.