One of the most exciting parts about gardening is its variety. There are numerous types of gardens one can grow, most of which can be nurtured at home or managed in limited spaces. Some gardens do need more space to become interesting, however, there will always be something sensational to grow for both beginner and expert gardeners.
One of the easiest and most common gardens is the vegetable garden. These gardens provide several benefits to gardeners, including helping the environment by purchasing less store packaged vegetables and reducing your carbon footprint. It can also give peace of mind to know that what you are eating and feeding your family is genuine and organic. It can be challenging sometimes to satisfy all your vegetable needs with only your produce, but at least you are supplementing what you buy and saving money in the process. Certain vegetables are easier to grow than others, and I suggest starting with some simpler ones, including tomatoes, bell peppers and lettuce.
Flower gardens are probably the most popular type of garden worldwide. The beautiful and vibrant colours of flowers along with their amazing smell make them the number one choice for many people. Some countries also have some enormous flower gardens, including:
- Dubai Miracle Garden – Probably the world’s largest natural flower garden, the 72,000-square-meter garden has more than 60 million flowers on display. Quite incredibly, this flower garden is built on desert land.
- Keukenhof in Holland – Keukenhof is a park where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year. The Gardens show a fantastic collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many other flowers.
- The Butchart Gardens (Garden in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada) – The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. You will find millions of bedding plants in over 900 varieties awaiting you as you wander The Gardens.
What type of flowers you decide to grow at home can vary depending on your location and climate. For this reason, simply picking the prettiest or most colourful flowers for planting might not always be the best solution. Consult a flower or plant nursery next to you for the best type of flower to plant and grow in your location. Different flowers will generally require different levels of light, sunshine, heat and watering. Personally, my favourite types of flowers include Cyclamens, Hibiscus and Begonias, which do well in a Mediterranean climate. The above makes flower gardens one of the most popular types of gardens.
Useful, practical and beautiful. This is one way of describing herb gardens. Today, herb gardens are frequently used to grow cooking ingredients. Growing your herbs will guarantee that you have fresh ingredients to use in your cooking. These can then be used in pasta sauces and other dishes, giving gardeners that extra touch of pride when cooking using your home-grown ingredients. It tends to be easy to grow herbs, for example, basil and mint, which only require sunlight and frequent watering, and can therefore be grown well on a windowsill. Be prepared before growing herbs and check out their requirements, along with looking up certain companion plants that can add flavour to your produce. Herbs can be grown both indoors and outdoors, and whatever you choose, it will be a fun and rewarding experience.
Raised gardens are very important for people who live in areas without fertile soil. Whilst, soil can be enriched and improved, sometimes it is simply not practical to use the natural soil found in your garden and you might therefore resort to raised gardens.
Building a raised garden will serve as the walls of your new garden and will give you the space required to grow whatever you wish. In this case, you can then obtain the right type of fertile soil to fit your needs or requirements. Raised garden platforms can also be used to maximise space or creating a particular type of desired garden setup. The objective is usually to create a deep, wide growing area that encourages plant roots to grow down and outward.
Indoor gardens are perfect for people with limited outside space. They are also ideal for those who enjoy having an extra touch of green and nature indoors. I enjoy growing plants indoors too, and I find that with the right conditions, indoor plants can grow quicker, stronger and with less maintenance.
The best type of plant to grow indoors, in my opinion, is the ZZ plant, also known as Zanzibar Gem. It is the perfect plant for those who want a beautiful touch of green in their home with very little work. Provide it with light sunlight through the day and very infrequent watering, and this plant will grow and thrive in your home.
Of course, there are many plants you can grow indoors, including Kalanchoe, Dieffenbachia and Philodendron.
Indoor gardens enable you to enjoy plants and flowers all year round, especially at times when the climate outside is too hot or cold to grow anything. If you create an indoor garden area, then you will be able to garden through the whole year. This is ideal for people who love gardening, as they can enjoy their hobby more often.
Many areas around the world have started growing community garden areas. These areas are places where people can grow vegetables and other plants on community or public property. All those participating in the garden can contribute by growing fruits and vegetables in certain areas, and then enjoy the produce during other parts of the year, depending on the garden’s regulations.
These types of gardens can be a very interesting experience for people who simply do not have enough space in their apartments, and community gardens might be the only opportunity they can get to practice their gardening hobby.
Another advantage of these community gardens is that they bring people together, allowing them to socialise, make new friends and create an overall sense of safety and wellbeing within the community.
An extremely popular type of gardening, container gardening tends to be practised mostly by those growing plants indoors or else with limited access to outside areas with soil. There are various types of pots or containers that can be used, and with the right type of soil and container size, you can grow virtually anything in these containers. Another advantage of container gardening is that plants can be moved around during the year depending on weather and climate, giving them maximum exposure to sunlight or protection from very strong wind.
Keep in mind that container gardening requires more careful watering, along with proper drain holes at the bottom to make sure that excess water from the plants can flow outside easily. If not, excess water stored inside the container can damage the plant and its roots.
There are many types of gardens that one may go for, and each one of them will give a different level of satisfaction and pride. Now is the right time to start a garden and whether you are gardening to grow food or herbs, flowers to make some extra money or simply plants to admire, these types of gardens are appealing to both beginners and expert gardeners alike.
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