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“5 Effective Reasons and wonderful Ways to improve your Garden”

 

Introduction:

Have you ever thought about gardening in your home? Or are you confused about why you should start gardening and if you start how you can improve your garden? It is a very common problem among all humans. Let me help you in this regard!

 

Gardening is a very wonderful hobby and there is no need for its justification. When we discuss its significance, let me tell you one thing “home without garden” can be harmful to your health. This can be the only reason you should start gardening in your home. 

 

Gardening has a lot of benefits including physical and mental health improvement, good nutrition, sunlight exposure, your relationship with nature, contact with soil, etc. Having these benefits, gardening is imperative for individuals, the community, and the environment as a whole.

 

In this article, we are going to negotiate the importance of gardening and ways to improve your garden. Sound great? Let's get started.

 

Why gardening is important?

Gardening provides a wide range of benefits to your body, mind, soul, and environment. Gardening is a very amazing and healthy hobby that you can do even by staying at home. It is something that you can do season after season, year after year, or whenever you want. 

 

Even if you don’t have a wide backyard or robust flower beds there is no worry! You can start gardening in just a small portion of your backyard and on a small scale. You can begin it by just planting a single plant and with time when your resources increase, you can expand your garden.

 

5 Effective Reasons for starting a new garden at home:

 

Here we are going to tell you the benefits/ reasons why should one cultivate a garden. And it will be very helpful in setting your goals and making you healthy and young.

 

1. Physical and mental health benefits: 

 

Gardening is itself a great source of exercise. In planting a new plant, pulling the weeds, digging, and planting new seeds demands a lot of patience and tolerance. By doing gardening, the strength of bones and muscle mass increase. 

 

Osteoporosis is a disorder in which bones become soft and muscle mass decreases. Those individuals are easily prone to fracture. According to a study, in the U.S. alone 50 million people are suffering from osteoporosis and this disorder is more common in females of 50 years as compared to males.

 

Gardening also helps to improve the mental health of a person. When you plan to go outside the home, especially in a park, you feel like a more soothing and satisfying effect of nature. It is because you are exploring nature and connecting yourself with nature. 

 

Another study that shows psychiatric patients when go closer to nature, their levels of depression, and stress decrease and it elevates their mood. It means nature plays a direct role in the emotions of a human. In short, Gardening is a very powerful way to improve your mental and physical health.

 

2. Gardening helps you to learn new skills:

To do gardening is a soothing activity and subsets of multiple skills. Gardening helps you to acquire multiple skills. Let's discuss these skills one by one;

 

ü  Soil analysis :

Before planting, the quality of the soil means the pH of the soil is checked, whether it is acidic, basic, or neutral. Different types of plants acquire different soil conditions and soil pH to grow properly. Soil pH is evaluated by analysis of soil, to check whether this soil is appropriate for a particular plant to grow or not.

 

ü  Watering :

When you grow a garden, you need to analyze how much water is needed for your plant. During this analysis, you also need to factor in the weather conditions ( cold, hot, humidity, temperature). you learn which type of water either (rainy or filtered ) is appropriate for your plants. Besides all these things, you also need to implement a new watering system like a rain collector, misters, etc.

 

ü  Fertilizers and Composting:

Nowadays, the most common cause of pollution is waste everywhere. During gardening, you can compost the waste of your house and use that waste for plant growth. You can also learn how natural fertilizer can be produced and which fertilizer is best for better growth of your plant.

 

 

3. Nutritional value and Self-sufficiency:

Gardening also helps to make a nutritional-rich diet at home. When you grow fruits and vegetables at home, they will be fresh and loaded with all the essential nutrients and minerals. Growing vegetables and fruits at home, allows you to take control over the use of different synthetic pesticides and chemicals/ fertilizers.

 

Having a garden at home allows you to become less dependent on processed food. In this way, you can contribute good value toward making your life healthy!

 

By minimizing our dependency on commercial agriculture, gardens alleviate self-sufficiency. Gardening helps families that they can grow whatever type of food they want in their garden if it is consumed in a small portion.

 

4. Environmental Benefits:

Plants help to filter pollutants from the air. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen, which is necessary for the survival of any life. Gardens provide habitats to various birds, insects, and other wildlife, which ultimately contribute to the biodiversity of life.

 

Gardeners are also designed to support pollinators like bees and butterflies. Growing fruits and vegetables in the garden reduces the need for transportation and its associated emissions. This is because the food does not have to travel by vehicle to reach the destination.

 

5. Educational opportunities:

Gardening is a practical way to learn about ecology, biology, and horticulture. It provides hands-on experience including which species is planted in the garden, what type of environmental conditions will be suitable for a particular species, and how this plant species will increase the beauty of the garden.

 

Gardening at home will be a wonderful and amazing educational tool for children and adults about learning gardening. When you are planning about new garden, you think about garden space, color scheme, which plants to grow, and many more things, this activity helps to improve your creativity and artistic expression.

 

5 Wonderful ways to improve your Garden:

Just creating a garden at home is not enough, you have to give it proper time and care. To make your garden beautiful for yourself and your family, you need to improve your garden with each passing day. Here we are going to give you some pro tips and suggestions through which you can make your garden thriving and amazing!

 

1. Understanding your Garden’s Environment:

Firstly, you need to analyze the space of your garden, the sunlight exposure, soil type ( acidic, basic, neutral), and the drainage system of your garden. After appraisal of these factors, the next thing is to the selection of plant type and weather conditions suitability for your plants. In this way, your garden will grow in less time.

 

One important thing is to find out the temperature of your garden and whether your planted tree can grow in that temperature or not. Different plants require different temperatures which is essential for their proper growth. Cacti and succulent plants can grow in hot and dry temperatures while ferns and mosses grow only in cold temperatures.

 

2. Designing and Planning of your Garden:

 

Based on the layout of the garden including areas for different plants ( fruit, flower, vegetable), focal points, and pathways, decide which color scheme should you choose, how much height your garden plants, and what would be the bloom times of your plants. 

 

To make planning easy for you, we are sharing some tips, firstly draw the garden area by using a pencil and eraser on your paper ( rough draft). secondly, use the spreadsheet for further categorizing the crops in rows. Finally, you can use different Gardener planning apps for finalizing your garden plan and its execution.

 

3. Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden:

According to the soil type, sunlight exposure, climatic conditions, and other factors, you should select the desired plant type. One pro-tip in selecting the right plants is, that you should select the native plants of your area. This is because native plants require less maintenance and grow in less time.

 

Try to choose native and non-invasive plants for your garden. If you choose an invasive plant, it can be harmful to the ecosystem and in some cases, it becomes very difficult to control it. Native plants become better adapted to climatic conditions and grow efficiently.

 

4. Proper Nutrient and Watering Management:

For your plants, select the appropriate fertilizer or organic compost for delivering good nutrients to plants. Remember, the over-fertilizer application can be harmful to your plant. As a result of over-fertilizer application, your plant can be ruined on the spot.

 

In gardening, the right amount of water delivered to your plants should also be ensured. Over-watering can be devastating for your plants just like under watering. For watering, you can also use modern systems like soak-er hoses drip irrigation systems, or misters.

 

5. Pest control and care: 

For proper gardening management, monitor your garden for the signs of disease or pests regularly. After monitoring, adequate measures should be taken to address them properly. The measures that you can use will be pesticides, natural predators environment-friendly sprays, etc.

 

In your garden, weeding deadheading, and pruning should be done daily or weekly. One important tip in caring is that any diseased part, pest pest-attacked material should be removed at the spot when analyzed. Otherwise, this diseased material will devastate your other plants or even your garden.

 

Conclusion:

Gardening is a very dynamic process and after errors and trials, you will be able to find out what works best for your garden. It gives opportunities for learning, connection with nature, creativity, and valuable activity for the individuals. Gardening is another way of spreading positivity in the community, house, and environment. 

 

One more imperative thing is that you should also take care of yourself by doing gardening. Make yourself hydrated, apply sunscreen in sunlight, and after 10 years take the tetanus vaccine because this ‘Clostridium tetani” bacteria remains in the soil. And while gardening you are directly interacting with soil. Along with it, keep watching your garden grow and make this journey enjoyable for yourself!