Gardeners are Hackers

We’re all familiar with the term “hack” or “hackers”. Increasingly, this term is being used by the media to describe positive hacks—workarounds and problem solving—and not just computer geeks doing something illegal.

Though the term “hacker” originated based on MIT students hacking phone lines back in November of 1963,1) In the realm of computer geekdom, hacking is used to describe brilliance and innovation, and not black hat pernicious meddling.

In our family, we use the term “Macgyvering” or “Macgyver it” to indicate the need to—or result of—applying a blend of ingenuity and good ole common sense when it comes to solving problems. You may remember the MacGyver TV series originating in 1985 followed by two MacGyver movies in the ’90s?

We loved those shows… wish there would be a remake movie featuring a new actor, with Richard Dean Anderson mentoring his apprentice “macgyver”.

Anyway, back to gardening, and what that has to do with MacGyver.

Gardeners have been hacking things before the term hacker—or macgyvering—was invented. Our grandmothers and great grandfathers did it, and they learned it from their forefathers. For them it was out of necessity. And you know what they say about her.

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato


“Gardeners are the sons and daughters of the mother of invention.”

LeAura Alderson

You know when you see a cool new invention and someone says, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

Well, often, gardeners and farmers already have. In fact, we bet there are inventors amongst the GardensAll community. Actually, I should rephrase that:

There are inventors amongst the GardensAll community who have invented things.

One we know of, Bryan Wagner, has submitted his invention to a large manufacturer, and we’re rooting for his success in getting it licensed, because it will transform Bryan’s life forever while helping so many gardeners to more easily grow more vegetables.

Farmer and inventor, Bryan Wagner

We love stories like this because it’s also about reviving the very fiber of the American spirit of ingenuity.

That’s one thing we love about stewarding this GardensAll community: being amongst a bunch of creative and productive people who represent the American spirit of ingenuity and independence!

Speaking of hackers, here are two responses to a question posed on the GardensAll Facebook page: “What’s the oddest item you’ve used as a planter?”

Thanks to Debbie Ingersoll for sharing her planter hack. Such a creative use for those outgrown toddler tubs!
And… what to do with those old boots beyond repair? Thanks to Gloria Klimka for sharing her pot hack!

And… for some more simple garden hacks from Lilly of Listotic… thanks Lilly for macgyvering these hacks… Go to the Next Page after these RESOURCES.

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I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.