Gardens can be really fulfilling and rewarding places where you can lose yourself in doing something proven to be relaxing and stress relieving. Although it may seem easy if you want to be the true gardener you’ll have to put some effort in your skills, equipment and knowledge about how to do it properly. You may think this is too much for a hobby, but the results can be colourful and tasty encircling your home with beautiful smells of fresh flowers and herbs.
Make your own design
Before starting to buy necessary things like pots and seedlings, take a good look at your garden and picture its ideal version. Make a plan to design it accounting for the sunlight exposure and the shape of your garden. Include the types of plants you want to grow and what kind of conditions they require. Planning everything, in the beginning, will save you time and money, not to mention prevent any disappointment you might feel if something is not done right.
If you want to do some extensive work, ask for a professional opinion and cost estimation and don’t forget to check if you need any special permits for the remodelling of your garden.
Plant your own fruits
Many people don’t know this, but growing fruits is not reserved only for the orchards in the country. Nowadays you can buy seedlings from nursery gardens of almost anything, and that includes apple, peach, and other types of fruit trees always thought too complicated to grow in the garden. You can also add currant or blueberry bushes since they proved to be perfect for home gardens. Instructions on how to plant and grow fruits are available online, or you can ask your seller at the nursery garden for any advice about the care and watering.
The important thing to remember here is to be realistic and choose the species guaranteed to grow successfully in the climate and soil where you live. This way you can enjoy some lovely, domestic fruits and maybe expand to some more.
Vegetables from your garden
Imagine waking up in the morning and going to your garden to pick cucumbers and tomatoes for the salad, engulf in the smells of fresh vegetables and greenery. That’s an image to stay with you for a long time, indeed. Although it may seem complicated and requiring a lot of work, the vegetables mostly grow for a season and depending on the space you can grow enough to freeze for the winter, and even give your family and friends some.
Some use specially designed wooden or stone boxes for planting and so separating one type of vegetable from the other. Some like to design their gardens to look more natural and keep everything in the rows and close to each other. What you need to remember is that vegetables require work and regular watering, so it might be a good idea to have the retractable hose reels at hand and outer water source to keep it from withering.
Play with colours
It’s unimaginable to have a garden without colourful and fragrant flowers. They will not only bring joy to you but will also steal a smile or two from your neighbours. There are more than hundreds of flowers you can choose to grow, varying in colour, shape, smell and preferences. Some enjoy a lot of sun, and some will grow better in the shade. You can use them to improve your garden design and interrupt the uniformity of greenery, and also to attract natural pollinators of other plants you are growing and nurturing.
Accessories and embellishments
If you want to achieve that natural and rustic look, use stones and grass to highlight it. But if you are more into modern design, try combining metal with the glass. Wind chimes and mirrors can give that carefree and spiritual vibe to your garden, depicting it as the place to enjoy peace and serenity. While adding some bird feeders will bring you cheerful songs in the spring and summer. You can use pots for some plants, for example, to decorate the sitting area and entrance to the house.
You can even go as far as to create your own ornaments with making leaf castings or painting the pots. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard and pay attention to styles. The best thing about this is that you can change the way your garden looks as soon as the next year, just in time to grow new and favourite plants.
Studies showed that gardening will boost your energy and improve your mood, but not any of it possible if you don’t roll up your sleeves and have some dirt on your hands. Of all the physical work, this one may be the best since the results are healthy and enchanting.