Gardens That Need Less – A Book Review

If you are like me, then you want to grow your own organic vegetables, and have your own really cool garden, but, you also know that you hardly have time to spend making it perfect. But did you know that there are many time-saving ways to have your garden and eat well too, without it taking hours a day – it’s true. Let me explain. You see, what you need is an education in gardening and some sure fire tips to make you the local gardening expert. So, I’d like to recommend a very good book to you:

“Low-Maintenance Gardening” by Fiona Gilsenan – 1998 (A Sunset Book).

Are you interested in gardening, but also realize the need to save water? Perhaps you travel a lot and know that your lack of attention could cause the plants to all die? Have you considered the local critters in the area that might eat up your garden or the problems with insects that feast upon your plants? Well, if any of these things are serious issues for you to consider then you need to get this book.

One super feature of this book, is that it breaks things down by region so no matter where you live, there are tips and information for you. There are also many time-saving methods outlined in the book, to insure that you spend your time wisely. The book also has hundreds of easy to manage plant species that you can plant that work well together and require very little care or water.Whether you are looking for an oriental garden, vegetable garden, decorative garden or a total xeriscape, this book will be perfect for you.

Kitchen Gardens, A Source of Health

Food, the principle source of energy for our body is also a source of disease and uneasiness. Safer the food is healthier a person will be. Due to industrialization and environmental degradation the quality of available food is also degraded. Excessive use of insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers has increased the food quantitatively but not qualitatively. When a consumer eats a food which is produced by excessive use of chemicals then the health of consumer is on the edge of vulnerability. So providence of safe and healthy food is a big issue, organically grown fruits and vegetables are most beneficial for health and for producing organically grown food, kitchen gardening or home gardening is the most reliable activity. It is a hobby and also a need for health conscious people.

In kitchen gardening plants are grown for consumption in house, majorly kitchen gardening is considered as growing of vegetables for consumption in house, but kitchen gardening is more than production of vegetables only. Kitchen gardening or home gardening is an art, technology and technique of maintaining nature and growing fruits, vegetables, spices, condiments and medicinal herbs in a family house, for in house consumption or in either way for kitchen use. It is said, that there are certain limitations for practicing kitchen gardening, that, this system must comprise of a family house, having a recreational area or a garden, for practicing this technique but, our point of view is, that it can also be practiced on roof-tops by using containers and pots.

If there is no availability of space on the ground then this healthy gardening activity can be practiced on house tops by the use of pots and containers. Requirement of spare time for garden establishment and management is a considerable factor; a person can only spend time in this gardening activity if he has interest in it, so to develop interest in gardening is a key factor for establishment and management of kitchen gardens. For practicing garden activity one should know the skills to establish and manage a garden. So, space, time, interest and skills are some major aspects needed for establishment of kitchen gardens.

While thinking about a kitchen/home garden, the main motive which comes in one’s mind is providence of healthy and nutritious food but benefits of kitchen/home gardens are far more than that. Garden plants and their various colors stimulate healthy brain activity. Green colour can also act positively in enhancing brain efficiency. Children and youth should also be involved in such practices; by this they can increase their exposure to fruit and vegetable consumption. For increasing children and youth involvement in garden based activities there is a need for garden based educational programs. These garden based educational programs will increase healthful eating behavior in children as well as in youth, leading to self-aware and healthy generation.

Kitchen gardening technique can also be practiced by housewives. They can adopt this technique as a hobby; by practicing kitchen gardening they will be able to reduce daily expenses and can ensure the providence of healthier, nutritious, cheaper and quality vegetables for their family.

So it can be concluded that kitchen gardens or home gardens can play a vital role in reducing health hazards and can ensure providence of healthy and nutritious vegetables.

Adding a Garden to Your Home: Is It Worth It?

Life in big cities and suburbs can be stressful. It seems that everyone is too busy with no time to relax and unwind. The result is chronic stress that kills thousands of Americans. One of the best ways to relax and have some exercise is by gardening. A hobby like gardening lengthens life and makes your surroundings beautiful.

The space problem

One of the first question that comes up to one’s mind when considering gardening is if they have space for it on their lot. Interestingly though, with proper planning and designing, you can have a garden in your lot even if you don’t have lots of extra space. In fact if you use 3D rendering programs or hire a landscape designer who knows how to use one, you would be surprised at how many plants you can grow with just limited space. All it takes is planning.

Landscaping

If you have a big lawn and you want to add a garden on it, it is important to define the boundary of the garden. That means you have to plan where to put your garden. You can also hire a landscape artist to do the task, but make sure that they make a 3D rendering of the design so you will know in advance if you like it or not.

Choosing the flowers and plants

While flowers look beautiful, your garden may not have a big impact if the flowers are not grouped together. When grouping flowers, make sure the same colors are grouped together so that when they bloom, you will be greeted with a beautiful scenery.

If you plant vegetables, it is important that you group them together too for easy harvesting. This also makes your vegetable garden look beautiful when they bear fruits.

Gardening helps you relax

People enjoy gardening because it lets them relax, especially when they work on it. You may think it is hard work to tend the garden, but if you try it, you will be surprised to find that it is actually relaxing and energizing. While working on your garden, you are getting lots of high quality oxygen from your plants and you are also surrounded by greens which relaxes the eyes and the mind. Many experts believe that gardening as a hobby combines exercise and relaxation in one. When your plant grows and blooms, you will also fill yourself with fulfillment and pride, which helps fight depression.

If you are looking for a way to relax your mind while being productive, having a garden is a good idea. Hire a landscape artist if you want to maximize your space.