If you would plant for years, plant trees,
If you would plant for eternity, plant ideas.
What ideas have changed the gardening world forever? What’s the next big idea that will change the gardening world for eternity?
If you think about how we garden today, is it really all that much different from how our grandparents gardened, or how their parents gardened?
A hoe is still a hoe, and you need a good shovel, and something to prune with. We have countless new varieties of plants, but yet many of us seek out heirloom varieties to grow what our grandparents grew. For many, gardening has not changed that much from generation to generation.
(Okay, some would contend that I am the last person who should write that a hoe is still a hoe, since I’ve managed to acquire quite a few different hoes. But, essentially, all hoes have a similar design, and you use them in the same way. That’s what I mean by “a hoe is still a hoe”. I still think it is perfectly acceptable to own more than one hoe!)
So what ideas have changed gardening? In no particular order, here are some ideas I would put on the list.
The science of genetics. Where would we be if Gregor Mendel had not developed the theories of heredity, the science of genetics?
Felco pruners. I think most of us who own a pair of Felco pruners would agree that whoever came up with the idea and design for these was an absolute genius.
Purple Wave petunias. I know today many gardeners don’t plant Wave petunias because they are too common. But I remember when these hit the garden centers. They changed the petunia market forever.
Pesticides. This may not be a popular idea amongst some gardeners, but the idea that we can develop chemicals to kill off weeds, insects, and diseases has certainly had an impact on gardening.
Organic Gardening. This is the opposite idea from the chemicals, that without chemicals, using other methods, we can create a healthier environment overall for our gardens to grow in and still not lose the whole thing to weeds, insects or diseases.
Genetic Engineering. Will this change how we garden? Will gardeners seek out genetically modified plants? Is that a good use of this type of technology? Who will plant a blue rose, created by manipulating a plant’s genetic material?
What ideas would you add to the list? What is the next big idea for gardening?