There are as many reasons why people enjoy their garden as there are gardeners. Some like to look at the results of their gardening, for others it’s gardening itself that’s rewarding.
Some gardeners enjoy planning and laying out their garden, while others enjoy the rewards of seeing plants they have grown and looked after sprout into flowers and vegetables.
Gardening is very rewarding. It teaches you patience as you can’t be in a hurry and, in spite of the physical nature of much gardening, it’s also relaxing.
Whatever your reason for gardening, it’s a never ending source of pleasure and enjoyment -not to mention the occasional frustration.
There are so many types of garden that you’re guaranteed never to be bored and there’s always a challenge to look forward to.
Tools For The Job
One of the first things most gardeners will tell you to do is to get the right tools. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to hoe with a shovel or dig with a hoe!
You also need the right clothes. You’re going to get at least a little bit dirty and your clothes will be subject to wear and tear so stout clothes are good. Many gardeners wear old clothes which also have the benefit of being particularly comfortable. Some wear overalls which can also help keep dirt out of the house if you remove them before going in.
Grow To Eat
When they hear the word ‘gardening’ many people think of lawns and flower beds but there is a vast range of different kinds of garden you can create. Growing vegetables is a popular and healthy pastime and not limited to allotments. Many gardeners combine both flowers and vegetables and set aside areas in their garden for each.
To complement their vegetable garden, many people also grow herbs - often those with an interest in cooking! This is a fascinating area of gardening and there are literally hundreds of herbs to choose from. There can be few meals more enjoyable than those cooked with vegetables from your own garden and seasoned with your own herbs.
There are more specialist areas, too. For example, some people love particular types of flow like the rose, tulip or orchid and specialise in the cultivation of one variety.
If you’d like a garden to be a little more adventurous than just a lawn and flowers, add a pond or water feature. You don’t need a large garden to do this and it adds additional interest to the final result, not to mention the fun - and engineering - involved in the planning. Water features do need more maintenance, especially in cold weather but they are wonderful in the summer.
To make the most of the weather, many gardeners also use a greenhouse to nurture plants before transferring them to the soil and also to grow plants and vegetables that require a more gentle and regular climate than that outside.
If you’re interested in cultivation, there’s also the art of hydroponics which involves growing plants in water using minerals and nutrient solutions, without soil. This is a whole gardening subject in itself and many gardeners who are interested in the growing and nutritional aspects really get hooked on it.
And we’ve only scratched the surface!
There are so many aspects to gardening, there’s really something to interest everyone. We’ve tried to cover all the bases on our site - take a look around and see what aspects appeal to you the most.