The world of gardening is very new to me. It all started 4-5 months ago (Oct/Nov 09) when a conversation with a friend resulted in the start of a new side project – a DIY garden blitz. At the time, the trigger was to fix my garden to add value to the house; DIY since I couldn’t afford a landscaper. To my luck, my friend has a great eye and dabbled in Landscaping in his previous life. From hardscape to softscape we completed our blitz in a relatively short space of time (1-2 months working every weekend).
Little did I know, this side project would to lead me down the road of late long nights involving google and many garden books. The day I bought my first garden book I knew it was a sign. I was either getting OLD (since only old people enjoys gardening) or the garden bug has strike. Being relatively YOUNG for the garden target market (in my early thirties) I want to share my experiences and learning.
I think gardening has made me more aware of the ecosystem that surrounds us, how the weather plays a critical role, that water is limited and that everything has an impact on everything (e.g. One tree may grow too big depriving another of valuable sun, 2 trees may be competing for nutrients). In some ways this teaches you lessons to life. I find gardening fascinating, challenging and satisfying when you see fruits from your hard labour.
They say it has been scientifically proven that being surrounded by the garden improves productivity and creates peace. I have to say watering the garden at the end of the day is a great way to wind down. There is something about it that create a peaceful atmosphere. If you can afford a landscaper that is great, however the more you can be involved in the process the more you’ll appreciate and pay attention to your plants. It provides a great sense of satisfaction since it’s like playing god.
“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration”. ~Lou Erickson
“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view”. ~H. Fred Dale