Google Search is the go-to search engine online for finding information on just about anything, including info on garden plants. But did you know it can also convert unit measurements that gardeners use?
When you read through books or information online you will likely encounter someone writing in either metric or imperial measurements. Some good authors will include both but that tends to be a lot of work for a measurement heavy document. So sometimes you will need to convert unit measurements to what you are more familiar with or to match the measuring tools you are using.
If you have access to Google Search in a web browser, you also have access to a powerful conversion tool. Here are some examples of how you can use it.
Probably temperature is the most often used measurement for gardening. To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit just put the temperature with the unit of measurement you need converted into the Google Search box and hit return or click on the magnifying glass:
Or let’s say you need to find out the weight of your enormous pumpkin you grew this fall! Just type in:
Note that if you leave off the “to pounds” it will simply convert into grams.
Or let’s say you are mixing water-soluble fertilizer and need to convert liquid measurements (again include the unit you are converting to):
Again remember to include the unit you are converting to.
Or let’s say you find a great plan online for building something out of wood for your garden. But it is a European designer and all measurements are in metric. Your lumberyard only sells 2×4’s in increments of feet. Just type in what you need to convert:
And now you know that you need an 8 foot long 2×4 cut down to length.
There are many other conversions you can do and if you are not sure what you can convert, you can also just pull down the drop-down menus beside the fields in the converter to choose what you are converting.
So as you can see many conversions are at your fingertips if you have access to google.com Consider it another useful tool to make your gardening tasks easier.
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Wishing you all the best!
Tranquil Garden Urban Homestead, Victoria, BC