Gardening - Natural Science NOT Rocket Science
By Linda Gray
Don't force yourself out of the most profitable hobby in the universe
because you think it's too hard to learn ...It isn't!
Gardening is fast becoming the world's number one hobby, and with all
the latest 'alternative' information we have to hand, gardening as a
natural science is fun to learn about and rewarding in the extreme...
Produce your own fruit and veg - cut the shopping trips.
Keep it organic!- be nice to the planet, and your body.
Stay fit and healthy with exercise and fresh air.
Spend quality family time in the outdoors.
Turbo boost your creative spirit
And if that isn't enough to be going on with, learn about plant-kind
in all it's glory. From trees through to fungi, there are millions of
plants to research, grow and eat- no chance of getting bored!
First you have to take your first step.
Start gardening, be a gardener, enjoy your garden.
Starting from scratch? Let your imagination run wild. Stand in the
centre (-ish) of your garden and imagine..close your eyes if you like.
Don't hold back. Let your creative thoughts flow. How much can you do
with your space? Don't imagine for one minute that a simple lawn will
let you off the hook here. A lawn needs maintaining, and mowing
regularly - for EVER..and it can get kind of boring to look at as
well! How about creating
a butterfly patch
a wildflowers corner
a vegetable plot
a herb garden
a water feature
Then you will need a shed to store your tools. Where would that be
best placed in your garden? Don't waste a sunny position with a garden
structure. Sheds don't need to be in full sun to survive!
Is there enough space to place garden furniture? Rather than going for
the table-and-four-chairs-on-patio style, can you place benches and
small tables in semi-shady spots near the honeysuckle or round the
When you think you have a reasonable idea of all you want from your
garden, take some notes and think about it for a while. Don't leap in
too soon-more often than not you'll land up doing the same job twice.
Browse through garden catalogs, take a little time and do a little
But not for too long! Don't let the ideas wither into another was-gonna-do-one-day
If you have enough of a budget to buy your garden structures and
furniture, do this first, and position them in your garden. Then
create your flower beds, vegetable plots and wildlife patches around
If you don't have cash up front, don't worry. The things you need will
come to you. For now, prepare the space as if you DID have the shed,
or bench or whatever, and work around these areas.
Start all the patches and work on them as and when you can, or start
one patch and get it finished before moving on to the next. How you
work in your garden depends on a number of things...
size of land and budget
helping hands available
seasons and the weather
time slots and energy levels!
Treat gardening as an ongoing hobby rather than a project to be
started and finished. Plants are growing life forms and will always be
changing the shape and feel of your garden. Go with it where you can,
and prune heavily where you have to!
Get the kids involved with quick-germinating seeds, and fast-growing
plants. Many retailers offer special seed mixtures for kids. Pumpkins
are great for getting the kids interested in gardening.
Learn about edible flowers and teach the children what can and can't
be eaten - and why.
Don't let the grass grow under your feet. Get in on the action now.
Turn off the TV, put your wellies on and leap into nature!
About The Author
Linda Gray is a freelance writer and, with her partner. has spent ten
years renovating a neglected acre of woodland. Find heaps of straight
gardening advice and pots of inspiration at http://www.flower-and-garden-tips.com