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Secret Squirrel

.., 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?

nutcutlet

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

star gaze lily

Becareful, lol someone might pinch your ideas  

KEF

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.

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.  

Lyn

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.

Kef..you 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.

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flowering rose

something to stop me slipping down the steps in winter!

Dovefromabove

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. 

KEF

Lyn  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.

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

 

 

A gadget that detects vine weevil grubs and zaps em!  

 

BobTheGardener

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

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! 

Lyn

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!.

Dovefromabove

When we had the smallholding ex ran his own building firm with quite a few employees - You wouldn't believe the number of times my yard brooms and shovels went missing and were found on the building sites !!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Until I painted them pink ! 

MrsGarden

I have a pink fork and spade and still manage to hide them around the garden, I like Bobs idea but will need everlasting batteries so they never fail.

KEF

Thank you Lyn.

Tardis shed for me too

Clarington
MrsGarden wrote (see)

I have a pink fork and spade and still manage to hide them around the garden, I like Bobs idea but will need everlasting batteries so they never fail.

Install a solar panel webbing into the handle since they're always used outdoors that should keep the batteries topped up nicely!

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Clarington
Mark 1963 wrote (see)

.., 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?

You mean an automated version of this?

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/35/6a/c1/356ac1fc8b5cd21ded38cb88f0e53102.jpg

Actually with a few rams working on a Raspberry Pi powered system that triggers with certain pre set temperatures (i.e. so it would open at for example 15'C and closes at 5'C) it wouldn't be all that terribly difficult to do.

My only concern is ensuring the structure is sound enough to cope with wind but that's only a few calculations away...

Lyn

You can buy those car keys thingys where you clap your hands and it beeps, could be attached to tools maybe, i will check on that.

Secret Squirrel

Brilliant! Clarington, off to the Patent Office with you, not forget your friends 



artjak

Dove, re pink tools; someone bought me a pink flowered screwdriver as mine were always going missing on building sites; still got the flowered one!

I would like a tiny fork lift machine to lift and carry big sacks of compost, it would have to manage two or three steps also.

Dovefromabove
artjak wrote (see)

.... I would like a tiny fork lift machine to lift and carry big sacks of compost, it would have to manage two or three steps also.

That's one of the things I've got OH for! 

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