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If you could invent something...

.., to help you in the garden, what would it be?

I would like to invent a greenhouse that collapsed around itself during bright winter days, and then rebuild itself at night.

And have you invented something to help you in the garden?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    That's a good idea Mark. Have you worked out how it will go yet?image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Becareful, lol someone might pinch your ideas  image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Not invented anything, but would love a GH that opened it's own door ( my roof window opens) so that in the Summer I'm not nipping down the garden in my summer dressing gown, hoping the neighbours aren't watching from upstairs. image

    Would also like a machine that washes, dries and puts plant pots away in the shed.

    Also ( there might already be one, but I've yet to find it ) a hose pipe that doesn't kink, and is long enough to reach all the way down my garden.  

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I would re invent the flymo that collected the grass at the back. I have had one of these for over 30 years, its just popped it clogs and the newer ones collect the grass directly over the motor and blades, making it a very hard slog when it starts to fill. could brush the loose soil off the pots and put them in the dish washer, if you have one.

    I have an enormous hose on a reel that doent kink, bought it from Amazon.

    Apart from that, any robot that could help would be a good invention, it would do as you ask it, unlike the OH who in his infinate wisdom always seems to know better than me.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • something to stop me slipping down the steps in winter!

  • I need a Tardis-type shed for storage - something that will hold all the tools and equipment tidily and in an easily accessible way and take up no space in the garden whatsoever. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Lyn imageimage Will check out hose, do you have a brand name/ supplier ? Thanks.

    I could have so much fun with this thread.

    The start of the list:

    A sensor type laser that detects slugs / snails near my hosta and zap.

    A bleeper that detects when neighbour's cats are about to dig in my veg patch

    An automated great bird that would scare off the sparrowhawk, who eats my little birds.

    Something that would warn me that the meal is burning whilst I'm playing on here...Oh I do have a buzzer on the cooker. image

    Will give others a chance.  I've loads of things I'd like to invent.



  • Great idea, Dove - I'll sign-up for a tardis-shed right now!image

    How about trowels and secateurs which emit a beep when you click a remote on your key-ring so you can find them in the garden?  I spend ages looking for mine after leaving them somewhere after getting distracted! 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Kef, the hose is 40 mtr, hozelock wall mounted fast reel, got it from amazon

    I have been known to take a little kitchen timer in the garden because when you 'just pop out' its usually turns into something more.

    Bob, I wrap red insulation tape round the handles of tools, they stand out better, still cant remember where I left them though!.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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