This is a topic that may have more to do with age than with philosophy. I was not “born” with a device in my hand. And as much as I love my smartphone, and prefer an e-reader to paper books now, to me, gardening is still an activity that takes places away from all electronics. The phone stays in the house and I go outside.
I know to many people–even to people my age and older–that’s just shocking. Even if people are not using the phone for gardening advice outside (more in a moment), the idea of missing a call or a text or an email would just be too stressful.
For me, there’s nothing so urgent that it can’t wait until I come inside for some water or to refresh my sunscreen or to have lunch–you get the idea. It’s not that I never check the phone. But when I am outside, I am away from the phone and that’s fine with me.
Now, there are some wonderful gardening apps. There’s are planning apps, planting apps and plant ID apps. I am a little hesitant to offer advice on these because everyone has their own likes and dislikes about apps and about what they want from them. Personally, I don’t use ANY apps–I will download something, fool around with it for about half an hour and then delete it–that’s about how much love I have for gardening apps!
But I am not a planner, even on paper. I have rarely, if ever, drawn a garden plan, except for a client. When I draw them in my own garden, I find that I rarely follow them so I have given up on them.
It may be the vagaries of my site. If I “draw” something, and then try to execute it, I will find that inevitably there is a monster boulder underneath or the root of something that I would prefer not to disturb. Hard to plan when you are living on rock ledge and your tree roots have to find a way to grow somewhere–anywhere–that they can.
So my lack of planning–and non-use of apps–may have less to do with age than it does the particular place in which I garden.
Or I may just want to get outside and listen to the birds instead of the ping of emails for awhile. How about you?