I have a love hate relationship with technology and social media, it is so intrusive to our lives, causes rifts and no matter what technology is your particular, it becomes an addictive behaviour before you even realise.
But you can’t not love the opportunities it brings and without it I wouldn’t have my job or be sat here on this gloomy day writing this piece of passion.
There is also something to me about gardening and technology that mentally shouldn’t go together, they are the opposite ends of the spectrum. Gardening is about nature, it’s cost friendly, patient, it’s relaxing and nature will carry on doing it’s thing without you.
Technology is man made, obtrusive, expensive and needs constant updates. You will certainly find more people screaming at a piece of technology than you do at their garden.
Unless you are screaming at plants to grow, which by the way will never work, you have to talk and sing to them like the Prince of Wales would do. His comments were ridiculed two decades ago when he revealed his method, which is still ridiculed by some and believed by others today. I can’t help but believe, my nan has told me it works for as long as I remember.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) back in 2009 even conducted a study into how plants are affected by the human voice. Holding auditions in Wisley and making recordings of Shakespeare’s verse and John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids. The recordings were then played to ten plants around the clock, through the headphones of an MP3 player attached to their pots at root level.Even for this study they couldn’t resist technology.
Following the study, a professor of acoustics said “It appears that low-frequency sound might vibrate the plant and so affect it’s growth”
Whilst I continue, I will let you ponder your thoughts on this and if you think Prince Charles’ method is madness, genius or just pure passion for gardening and the love of plants.
When I put myself on the list for an allotment, I never even thought of the technology aspects. I just thought it’s a space of ground, an area of tranquillity and a break away from work and university for me to develop myself, the land and learn to grow my own vegetables.
I pondered the idea of a blog at the beginning so I could share my journey and hopefully inspire others, but never did I think that it would become it’s own mini brand, it’s own blog, Twitter and Instagram account, both @Lifeatno27.
Now this is only the beginning, I am contemplating YouTube after a few requests/suggestions and this week I was very lucky to be given the amazing opportunity of my own monthly radio slot on Drystone radio to share my passion for allotments and give advice on the jobs to be doing each month.
Drystone Radio is a local charity based radio station based near Skipton, Yorkshire, which can he heard on 103.5fm locally, online or on the TuneIn app.
I will be live on the 1st Thursday of every month at 9:40pm on the View from The Clock Tower show with Dave and Anna.
For me, it is about creating the right balance. If the RHS used technology to conduct studies 8 years ago, I guess even the most stubborn have to learn to embrace technology now. As I say at work, if we don’t embrace it and understand the pace it is growing, we will be left behind.
Without digital, I would not be able to share my journey globally and meet so many wonderful and supportive people around the world who share the same passion of gardening and growing our own produce. Thank you to you all.