The garden is where a great deal of time is spent either relaxing or maybe growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, which in itself, is relaxing but can be hard work. And with the sheer number of different seeds and plants available, and all of which respond differently to the different soils throughout the UK can get heads scratching in the garden shed.
Traditionally fathers would pass on their tips to their children as they are growing up but with the cost of properties, many of their offspring are having to move to parts of the country miles away. This means that regular contact is hard and this exchange of information as the men have a ‘man to man’ discussion in the seclusion of their garden shed has gone.
Other avenues of advice are the local allotment societies who delight in giving and sharing gardening information, with the exception of how they produce the biggest carrot, cauliflower or tomatoes. These societies, who have been around since the 19th century, and in a different guise before that, are treasure chests of information and full of helpful people.
One of the problems nowadays, due to the demands of the family budget, is that there a distinct lack of available allotments to meet demand. However, if you are stuck for answers or would like gardening information then do pay them a call. You will find there is usually a large meeting place at the allotment and this quite often is just a large garden shed similar to these large workshops. In this shed, the members will often stand around chatting and exchanging ideas.
And just because you are not a member won’t stop them helping you. Being very social you will find they are only too happy to help, they are also very happy to pass on some of their expertise to enthusiastic members of the public. You may find you are able to buy seeds from them complete with local information how best to grow them.
With the technical advances in computers and the smartphones of today, you can easily find information online in connection with gardening, growing and indeed all aspects of the garden such as garden buildings, tools etc. With the wonderful smartphones of today, I’m sure that if I look hard enough I’m sure there will be an ‘app’ for that.
Not being too much into these phones yet, but I am keen to find out more, I’m not sure what they would do. I would not expect them to do the digging, but that would be good if they did, but telling you when to plant depending on where in the country would be good.
A recent development which I did discover is from a company in Japan – where else? – who has developed a gardening device, called the DoCoMo garden sensor, which can provide you with information about your soil quality, its temperature and moisture content. With this information, they are able to advise you sitting in your garden or shed the best way to care for your seeds, shrubs and plants.
This device works by being pushed into the ground close to where your plants are growing. This sends information wirelessly to this company over the web who are then able to advise you on what to do. It’s shaped like a four-leaf clover so this, in itself, should bring luck into the garden. Developed to help people in the garden, whether they are just keen shed owners trying to start seeds of in there, beginners or even seasoned veterans – who I would expect to prefer to rely on their experience gained over the years – this device can help most garden owners. A similar device had been created by an American company who also provides advice through its specialist web site
Whilst I’m in favour of making life easier in the garden surely the trial and error of growing flowers, fruit and vegetable is part of the enjoyment. This gives you the opportunity to dive down the garden shed to see how your seeds are doing giving you the opportunity to have a crafty read of the paper or have a little tipple. But what do I know? I leave the growing of flowers and shrubs to my wife, who enjoys doing this. Admittedly I do enjoy seeing the colours of the flowers when they are displaying their vibrant colours.