Weather stations and gardening
How can a weather station help with your gardening?
When it gets warmer in spring, many people are drawn outside and into their gardens. Gardening relaxes and makes you happy when you can see the result: a small green oasis with beautiful flowering plants, a place to switch off and relax. The weather plays an important role in gardening and its results. At the beginning of the warm season, ground frost can set in at night or the weather can change spontaneously in April. In order to protect your garden and your plants and not to be interrupted while gardening, it is worth taking a look at a weather station. Weather stations in the garden can not only look beautiful, they also provide important values for assessing whether watering is still necessary today or whether the weather will change in the near future.
Helpful functions of a weather station for gardening
With a weather station in your garden, you are able to optimally prepare for the coming weather. The classic weather station combines the most important meteorological measuring devices, barometers, hygrometers and thermometers, which inform you about the current weather conditions.
The thermometer of the weather station in the garden measures the air temperature, while the hygrometer shows the prevailing humidity and the barometer the air pressure and its changes. All three components of the weather station give you helpful tips on how the weather will change in the coming time, so that you can better plan your gardening.
At an air pressure of 1020 hPa and more, calm and dry weather can be expected, the higher the air pressure, the more stable the weather. In contrast, air pressure values of 1000 hPa and below are associated with heavy cloud cover and precipitation. If the air pressure drops more than 1000 hPa, strong wind or storm can be expected.
With a slow and steady rise in air pressure, weather improvement is expected, while a slow fall indicates a deterioration. Rapid climbing in unstable weather is usually replaced by a rapid fall and means continued volatility with changing clouds, gusty winds and showers. In summer, a rapid drop in air pressure in hot weather announces thunderstorms. With a weather station you can estimate whether the weather will improve in the coming days or whether cooler, rainy days can be expected due to a change in the weather. Accordingly, you can, for example, forego watering, plan to mow the lawn or carry out other work. Even if you can check the weather report in your app every day, a weather station in your garden is the more reliable partner. Every garden basically has its own climate, because some are located higher, others in valleys or near a lake or the sea. With your own weather station in the garden, you can determine for yourself how the weather will develop over the next few days. In this way, the weather station is very helpful for your gardening, because it can be optimally planned accordingly and appointments for planting or sowing can be made.
Where should a weather station be installed to optimally help with gardening?
In order for your weather station to deliver reliable values, it must be attached to a suitable location. When hanging with direct sunlight, the thermometer warms up and gives you far too high readings. The same applies to the measurement of air humidity (temperature-dependent variable). You should therefore mount your weather station in the garden in a shadier place, such as on north-facing walls. Uninsulated walls or particularly damp environments can also influence the values of the weather station in the garden.
Weather stations as ideal helpers in gardening
For garden lovers who enjoy taking care of their green oasis, weather stations in the garden are helpful tools to plan the work optimally. Weather stations provide reliable information as to whether the weather will change in the next few days or whether rain can be expected, for example. For example, with the values of the weather station in summer you have the chance to mow your lawn before it starts to rain, which will then be watered again. It is also possible to postpone the sowing of new plants by weather stations if there is a change in the weather and the seeds could be blown away by winds. In this and many other ways, weather stations are the ideal helpers for gardening.