>> Thursday, July 15, 2010
Some inventor nerds in Australia have come up with a solar-powered tool to help weed your garden. Now, first, this thing isn't going to be aimed at a single-family-sized garden. At an estimated retail cost of $8,000 you're not going to be opening your wallet for this kind of thing without the intention of selling your wares it helps gather. And it's not an "automated weeder" really, either. You lay in this thing like from a hammock, but on your stomach, and it propels itself along by solar power, carrying you in a perfect position to just pluck those annoying weeds right out. So it just makes weeding EASIER by saving your back, providing shade, and perhaps allowing crops to be planted a little more closely together. (That last idea is something that I personally throw in.)
The first thing I thought when I looked at it was that it was kind of neat but a bit overkill for weeds - but when you consider that this kind of tool could really help out the local farm be just a LITTLE bit bigger and thus provide more produce and still avoid the chemical pesticides, this has a bit more appeal. I can't see myself or even my brother, who farms organically, buying something like this, but the fact that it exists (or will exist) makes me feel better about the strength of local foods' growth.
Image credit of ohgizmo.com