Some say music is food for the soul… but could it also be the key ingredient to ensure that your plants flourish? Some have taken this saying quite literally by converting their vegetables in to instruments!
If you cultivate vegetables, you could become one of the ever-growing numbers of people who are using vegetables as instruments! Formed in 1998, members of the Vegetable Orchestra exclusively play vegetables – everything from a carrot flute to a pumpkin drum. The Vegetable Orchestra carve out their instruments before every performance.
They aren’t alone with their unique hobby; upon searching for ‘vegetable musicians’ the internet produces thousands of results of bands and musicians that use vegetables. There is even a website specifically dedicated to Carrot Musicians!
Patrick Hogan from Hogan Music says “We are very open minded about the multitude of instruments available, vegetable instruments sound great fun, but I don’t think we will be moving from traditional instruments and tuition.”
The effect of sound, especially music, on plant growth has been a focus of many studies. Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, an Indian plant physiologist and physicist, spent a lifetime researching and studying the various environmental responses of plants and concluded that plants react to the attitude with which they were nurtured. He also proved that plants, just like human beings, are sensitive to external environment such as light, cold, heat and noise. It was discovered that if seeds were fed with music and were later germinated, it produced plants with more leaves, and greater size.
A Vineyard, Paradiso di Frassinain in Tuscany, uses classical music to get better production from its vineyards. The project started in 2001 as an ecological way to keep pests away. However, when they saw improved fruits, the project continued as a ‘productivity tool’.
You can read more on the research and on the pioneers who undertook the experiments at ‘The Secret Life of Plants’ (1973) by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.
It turns out it could be worth considering a music system for your greenhouse, allotment or garden!