Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Garden that soothes our eyes for a more relaxing lifestyle


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People from all walks of life enjoy gardening. This is because it is such a lot of fun to do. There is plenty of versatility with gardening. Even if you have a tiny garden or only window boxes, this is better than nothing. You can spend as much or as little time as you have available on this exciting pastime.
Why Gardening is a Great Hobby
Gardening can be very therapeutic and stress-relieving. It is a lot of fun to start from scratch and see great results after a while. You can choose what to grow, whether you prefer flowers, herbs, trees (these take longer to grow, of course!), aquatic plants if you have a pond or even vegetables.
What To Grow
The best things to grow really depend on the space you have available, the climate where you are, your budget and how much spare time you have for your gardening hobby. If you are a complete novice, it is a good idea to browse online, buy a gardening book or ask friends, family or at the gardening center for tips. Some plants are easy to grow and others are best left to the experts.
Examples of plants that are quite easy to grow include herbs and spices (which are also useful!), lilies, tulips, daffodils and almost all bulb flowers. Even onions are easy to grow and can give beautiful flowers. Some varieties of fuschia are simple to grow, such as the Magellanica, and are stunning when they flower.
Grow what you like to see or what you like to eat. There is little point in growing, for example, winter cabbage (even though it looks very pretty in the frost) if nobody you know eats it.
A very good idea is to wander around the other gardens in your neighborhood and see what your neighbors are growing. This is a good way of getting to know other gardening fans and getting some useful tips.
Some Dos and Dont's
First of all, don't be overly ambitious! If you don't have a lot of gardening experience, start off with a simple project – perhaps some bulbs or a couple of herb varieties. If you try to do too much, you will find gardening stressful rather than stress-relieving!
Ask for help if you need it. Gardeners take great pride in their plants and most will be delighted to pass on a few tips. You can also consult the internet or buy a gardening guide book (one especially for beginners if you are new to gardening).
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Make sure you read the back of the packet of seeds and follow them to the letter. If the sowing season has passed, don't risk planting the seeds anyway because they probably won't survive or turn out well. Follow the instructions as to how much water and fertilizer the plants need and whether they prefer sun or shade. Make sure the seeds you buy suit the climate you live in.
If you follow the above tips, gardening should turn out to be a wonderful, relaxing and highly enjoyable hobby!

Tips for Landscaping with Flowers
Including flowers in your landscape adds color and beauty to any yard.
Flower gardening is becoming more and more popular every day. Landscaping with flowers is simple, inexpensive, and loads of fun.
There are some decisions that have to be made before you can get started adding flowers to your landscape. You must decide if you want annuals that live for one season and must be replanted every year, or perennials that survive the winter and return again in the summer.
Here is a landcaping tip: When buying and planting, pay attention to what kind of flowers thrive in your climate as well as the sun requirements. Some flowers do better in full sun, some in partial sun, and a few in shade.
You must decide what type of look you want before planting a
flower garden. For instance, mixing different heights, colors, and varieties of flowers together in a “wild-plant style” will give your garden a meadow look and can be very charming.
If short flowers are planted in the front of your garden and work up to the tallest flowers in the back you will have a “stepping stone style.”
You can order flower seeds from catalogs or buy them from a nursery. Most people will go to the nursery and buy actual flowers and then transplant them. That is easier, and you get to enjoy the color right away.
After you have prepared your garden area and bought flowers, it is a good idea to lay the flowers out in the bed to make sure you like the arrangement and so they will be spaced properly.
One of the easiest processes in flower gardening is the planting. If you have seeds just sprinkle them around in the flower bed.
For planting transplants dig a hole just bigger than the flower, pull the container off, and set the flower in the hole right side up. Cover it with the loose soil and press down firmly, then water.
Maintaining a flower garden is even easier than planting one. Although they might make it on their own, a bag of fertilizer applied in the early spring is a good idea. Pinch back any blooms after they start to fade and keep them good and watered.
To save yourself work during the next season, rid your garden of all debris and spread out organic nutrients like peat moss or compost.
Don’t forget to turn over the soil to properly mix in the fertilizer and rake smooth when finished. If you have perennials planted be careful not to disturb their roots in this process.
Flower gardening is as easy as 1, 2, and 3: Simply decide what to plant; plant it, and water, water, water!
Landscaping with flowers is undoubtedly gaining in popularity and gives anyone excellent reason to spend some outdoors and test out their green thumb.

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