Why garden? …a way to beautify you and your surroundings

Gardening is a very worthwhile activity. Apart from its therapeutic effects, gardening allows you to grow your own food which is great for food security , especially in times of shortage.

 

With proper planning, you should be able to supplement what you now buy at the grocery store and by so doing, save money. In addition, if there is a surplus, it may be useful to preserve some food. There are a lot of free resources on the internet which teaches how to can and preserve food.

 

Another great idea is building a community and coordinating with your community members what each member will plant so that you can share produce and benefit from the right growing atmosphere- for example, tomatoes may grow better in your neighbour’s soil while cabbages may grow better on yours.

 

There are so many other thing you can do like cooking from scratch, using almost all your ingredients from your garden, saving seeds to replant, exchanging seeds with friends and neighbours and just overall becoming self- sufficient and saving money!

Who is ready to start?

 

 

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The Summer Containers Are Planted — gardeninacity

The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while the new plants fill in. Speaking of aging in place, it’s funny that […]

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Five Things I am Thankful For

I have been taught that we are all blessed; some more than others, it would seem. However, everyone on the face of the planet, has at least one thing he or she could be thankful for. Another well-learned lesson is that being thankful is a prerequisite for future blessings. An old gospel song states” … the blessings will come down as the praise goes up…” and similarly the importance of gratitude can be measured from  the platitude “it is more blessed to give, than to receive.” It is my hope, that even though we as human beings like to receive more than we give; that we at least express our thanks as much as we receive. Following are the five things that I am perpetually thankful for.

  1. Life

One of the first things I am thankful for is life, for without life, there is nothing. As long as we can awake and can breathe in a new day, our world is filled with promise. Encyclopaedia Britannica has defined life as “living matter that shows certain attributes which include responsiveness, growthmetabolism, energy transformation, and reproduction,” basically all the functions that separate living organisms from dead ones.

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Our lives consist of twenty hours every day and as long as we are free from mental or physical confinement we choose how to fill those 24 hours; whether we are happy or sad, stressed or energetic, productive or lazy or any combination of the above. I chose to fill my 24 hours with happiness, productive time, relaxation and if possible, adventure.

 

  1. Family

As it happens, we are born into families and later if we are lucky, we also become part of creating a family. Family may be nuclear or extended but extends also into the wider group, the clan and the village. In today’s living arrangements, the clan is not as important as it used to be, for with private property; families rarely live in the same immediate location. I am thankful for my family which is God’s gift to me, inclusive of my ancestors who have paved our way. Despite the fact that relationships of any sort are not easy to maintain, the gift of people who are connected to you by blood is very special, truly unique and valuable. Trust me, if you don’t think so now you will see it later.

  1. Garden

My garden is a magical place for me, this is where there is time for thought, quiet reflection and where some of life’s problems may be solved. More importantly, the garden spells hope for life, self sufficiency and food security. I also love being able to take simple cures from the garden. A great man once said that “the land turns to gold in the hands of the wise”. Another sage also purported that if one looked deeply into nature, one would understand everything better. With all these great things said, what is there not to like about a garden?

 

  1. Relative freedom/liberty

Compared to some other countries in the world, where I live is a very peaceful and stable environment. Yes, we have our economic challenges but I would not trade this rock for anywhere else… at this point in my life.

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  1. Health

Last but certainly not least, health is one of the things for which I am thankful. Health is wealth. If there is ill health, gone is all the vigour and vitality to enjoy what  life has to offer, whether it is family, the garden or freedom. Health is the glue that holds it all together. Love and health are akin and can be found in everything that I enjoy as they bind life together in a very special package.

 

Conclusion

Thanksgiving by Ralph Waldo Emerson pretty much sums up  how I feel about all the things I am thankful for:

 

For each new morning with its light,
for rest and shelter of the night,
for health and food,
for love and friends,
for everything Thy goodness sends.

I have shared with you readers, five things in my life that I am eternally thankful for. Now it is your turn: What things do you value in your life?

Source

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/340003/life

Gardening Hints for New Gardeners by Fascha Oleyenkorvaiz

Gardening is an activity that every person can do. Even if you are convinced that you have a “black thumb” you can learn how to grow a garden. Give yourself time and eventually you’ll learn how to grow everything from flowers to food to trees! People fail at gardening because they assume that growing a garden is easy. While you should eventually find gardening quite simple, when you first start out there is quite a lot to learn. Planting and watering are only two parts of growing a successful garden. Here are a few tricks to that you can use to improve the quality of your first garden.

Decide which flowers and foods you want to grow before you begin the planting process. Do you love the idea of having your own rose garden? Have you been toying with the idea of growing your own herbs? Learn what you can about your plants before planting so that you can make sure to set up your garden correctly. Different plants require different types of care. You can easily avoid mistakes (like watering too often) if you learn everything you can about the plants you want to grow before you actually plants them. Other mistakes that can be avoided include putting the wrong nutrients into your soil Basically, making sure that you grow a great garden means that you have to do some research ahead of time.

Bell peppers make great additions to any garden. You can put these plants in direct sunlight (they love the sun) and they’ll grow in both containers and the ground. You won’t need to water them very often. Because these plants originated in arid places that did not get a lot of rainfall bell peppers actually seem to prefer dry soil. People who like to grown their own veggies and fruits love the bell peppers because there are so many different kinds to choose from. These are fruits that ripen quickly-usually between two and three months after they are planted-which is another reason they are so popular amongst beginning gardeners. These plants are incredibly low maintenance: make sure they get enough bright light, put some nutrients into their soil patches and water them once in a while and they will grow like gangbusters!

Composting is a great way to keep your garden healthy. Compost can be made at home without having to make any special purchases.

Beginning your own compost pile is easy. It can be made from fruit and vegetable scraps from your meals, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, old flowers that have died (the cuttings you’ve had in vases around your house are great for a compost pile), grass clippings, bedding from hamster, rabbits and guinea pig cages and even used paper! Just leave the meat out of it and your compost pile will be just fine. You have now grown your own fertilizer to use in your very own garden!

Gardening does not have to be difficult. If you have the right gardening hints handy you can grow a wonderful garden. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of time and knowledge to become a first rate gardener. It also can’t hurt to practice. Just be vigilant and eventually you will grow a wonderful garden. Nobody was born knowing instinctively how to create a successful garden-even experts had to start somewhere. Not one single gardener grew a perfect plant the first time he or she tried gardening.

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Another Gardening Quote

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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Roof Top Garden

This video shows that there are literally no limits to where you can plant a garden. All excuses are being taken away one by one. As one of our resource videos show, you can plant food in your apartment. You can watch that interesting phenomenon here. Enjoy the video below  also to add to your design ideas. Happy gardening!

 

 

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