The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul
A woman would love to plant, nurture and nourish a plant, because it is in her basic nature to do so. That’s what she does by the end of the day, that is, to nurture and nourish, whether she is the CEO of a corporate or a Prime Minister of a country. Unconsciously she takes on her first role of being a daughter, wife, mother and grand mom very seriously, despite her varied roles in the outside world!
Whether you have a huge space around your home or you live in an apartment and may just use a balcony, a place below your staircase or just your window sills for gardening; doesn’t matter, you can become a gardener!
A few general tips to help you gardening at your home and in your containers:
Choose your container(s): To start with, you need a container to hold the soil and the
plant: you may use a pot, a plastic container, half cut old tyre tube, bucket, old paint tins, old food cans, wire baskets, laundry baskets, wash tubs etc; or you may buy from a nearby farm a variety of pots in various heights and colors at your choice and at interesting colour combinations.
Choose your soil: You can use soil from around your home or may scoop up some soil out of a nearby park as well (if possible) or you could straightaway buy soil from you farm or the stores meant for them.
If you take your home gardening seriously, get your soil mixed with peat moss, composite and old manure, so that you will start your plantation with the nutritional base. Good potting soil is the basis of good plants.
Drainage of Water: Your container should have the facility for drainage of water, whether you use containers from home or buy them from a farm.
Fertilizers and Pesticides: There are different varieties of fertilizers and pesticides available
basic for different type of plants. The same set of fertilizers and pesticides can not generally be used for all the plants.
The quantity, the components and the frequency of the usage of fertilizers and pesticides varies mostly from plant to plant. Ex: While spinach needs fertilizer only at the time of planting, onions needs fertilizers once a year and most of the other vegetables needs once in three weeks. Hence, when you start your gardening, it’s better to start with a sound knowledge about the plants.
Do Basic Research: Google around the Google, read some gardening books, talk to your family, friends and neighbours and talk to your farm people or a gardener on the plants that are suitable for your home or the plants which you would like to plant around your home.
It would be better if you learn the basics of their growth, their water, fertilizer and pesticides frequency and the time of their output; you should also take into account your convenience and your availability to take enough care of them. If you are going to choose some plants which need a lot of your attention, which you may not be able to provide, you may rather choose another set of plants that needs less attention from you for their growth.
Watering the plants: The best time for watering the indoor plants is in the morning hours. The more the plants grow, the more frequency of watering has to be done. Frequently look at the soil for dryness ra
ther than allowing the leaves to get wilted before you water them. Always water and use the fertilizer at the base of the plants and not all over the plant. This shall help in avoiding the fungus problem.
Wind and Sun Shine: Your plants need sunshine and breeze; more or less depends upon the type of your plants.
Easy to grow container vegetables: Some of the easy to grow vegetables in containers are tomato, cucumber, green beans and carrots.
Easy to grow container flowers: Some of the best flowers for containers are Geraniums, purple fountain grass, Petunia, Impatiens
Best herbs for containers: Some of the best herbs for containers are Mint, Rosemary and Thyme.
Perennial plants: Some of the perennial plants in the containers are Golden Creeping Jenn
Vertical gardening: If you have hardly any space for pots and containers, you may still grow your garden, but in a vertical form.
You may grow fruits, vegetables and flowers in vertical garden.
Such plants grow and spiral upwards using walls, arches, columns, artificial structures etc
Some of the plants and vegetables that are suitable for vertical gardening are tomato, melon, cucumber, philodendrons, ivies, ferns, bromeliads, hoyas and begonias.
Q. What is the major advantage of the indoor vertical gardening?
For one, it’s a living, breathing green wall within your home. It just looks amazingly lovely when compared to your pots and containers. As the water drains quickly because of the hanging nature of this garden, they are easy to create, easy to maintain and difficult for the pests and fungus to hang on to them.
Well, whether it is container gardening or vertical gardening, the beauty of your garden should compensate for the lack of space around your house for the real garden. The greenery and colors are good for your eyes and you feel one with the nature. Above all, gardening is one of the most relaxing hobbies for a woman.
Gardening is like a poem; the Sun, the wonderful smile of the freshly watered soil, the green plant and the output; whether it is just the colorful leaves,flowers, fruits or vegetables. It’s just a poem. Instead of getting to read the poem, you are creating a poem, that’s the difference!
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Gospel Truth!