On 19 March, leader of The Green Party, Eamon Ryan went viral after addressing the Dáil during the debate on ‘The Health Preservation and other Emergency Measures Bill’. Eamon rather humorously and passionately presented the idea of keeping hardware stores open so that people could use lockdown free-time to paint their houses and plant seeds so that if the coronavirus pandemic caused a shortage in food supplies Irish households would “have our salads ready to go.”
Below is a video someone took of the scene playing out on Oireachtas TV.
Despite his enthusiasm and widespread attention, hardware stores were initially classed as non-essential retail outlets when lockdown measures to manage the covid-19 emergency were introduced in March. However, one month later on Saturday 19th of April, a spokesman for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) confirmed that hardware and builders’ merchants shops were considered essential retail outlets as part of updated legislation on temporary restrictions introduced by the Minister for Health on April 7th.
So as hardware stores get ready to open their doors from tomorrow onwards and with the hottest week of the year so far forecast to for the coming days, there has never been a better time to make your procrastinated dreams of building the perfect garden into a reality! But of course you might need a little help with ideas to get started – worry not – here I’ve rounded up my three favourite gardening apps so that your beautiful, productive garden can be just a green-fingered tap away.
Houzz is the number one app for home interiors and exteriors and winner of Google Play’s best app award in 2016. On Houzz you can browse more than 20 million high-resolution photos of home interiors and exteriors. Start by filtering your search for ‘garden’ and get lost in where the images lead you. You can save and share your garden design photos with friends and family before you go make any crazy changes. And the app also has a sketch feature to annotate and draw directly on photos. So if you fancy yourself as a landscaper, Houzz gives you the chance to start practicing your art.
Houzz – available on iOS and Android
Garden plan pro
Want to get fully on Eamon Ryan’s wavelength and start growing your own food? Garden Plan Pro is the app for you. It’s packed with planting guides to help with planning a vegetable, herb or fruit garden. Using data from more than 6,500 weather stations in 20 countries, Garden Plan Pro adapts to your climate, giving recommended planting and harvesting dates for your area. Like Houzz, it encourages you to get your pencil out and draw down some serious plans – it’s drawing tools empower you to maintain a plan that can grow and change as your garden does.
Garden Plan Pro – available on iOS
As novice gardeners, the co-founders of Gardentags, David and Daniel thought that there really must be a better way to grow by harnessing the power of a growing community. Offering plant advice, inspiration and gardening tasks, the GardenTags app allows you to share and receive helpful information and tips with other users. Your plant care will be sorted with this app, which can also suggest ways to deal with weeds and pests.
GardenTags – available on iOS and Android
Now what are you waiting for- slip on those gardening gloves, dig deep, and get that garden of yours ready to go!