want to start a
garden? Well, it is not as daunting as it sounds, nor is it difficult
to look after, once it is established. But having a beautiful
garden is the reward for constant care and nuturing. The more you look
after your garden, the better it will bloom and produce for you.
However, if you neglect your garden, in no time at all plants will
weaken, insects and disease will take over, and so will the weeds. Soon
your garden will become an unsightly jungle. So once you start a
garden, there is a certain level of commitment to keep it in good
So why can't you just have a garden and use poisons and sprays to keep
the insects and weeds at bay? Well, first of all it is irresponsible to
garden that way. You are killing both good and bad insects
indiscriminately. You are endangering your health and the eco-system at
large. There are alternative methods to fighting pests and
plant disease that are no more expensive, some so ridulously easy and
cheap, you can make them in your kitchen.
What is Organic Gardening?
- You need to work with nature, not against it
- You need to honor and practise diversity of
- Be a custodian to the native plants and
animals in your
- Return to the soil what you take out of it
- Feed the soil, rather than the plant
- See nature as something that is holistic and
rather than items working in isolation
annuals in full bloom
The type of garden
design you choose will really determine how much work and time you
garden will need to look good. Some people prefer having an easy
garden to look after. This is often a garden that is filled with native
plants from the area and therefore grow well with little fuss.
Others, and I am one of those, are more foolhardy and like the cottage
garden design that needs a lot of fuss and attention because most of
plants are annuals that need constantly replacing or plants that are
not native to the area and therefore need lots of coaxing to do well.
However, even in a cottage garden the backbone of any bed are hardy
perennials that will last during a tough winter. Hardy perennials cover
trees, shrubs and herbs that will grow for several seasons. Trees, of
course grow over a longer period of time.
One word of warning about planting trees
in a garden.
little saplings soon grow into big trees. Know both the height and
spreading width of the trees you are planning to use. Make sure that
their mature size, is not too big for the area chosen.
plant trees too close to a house, particularly oak trees as their root
system can be extensive in search for moisture and can do a lot of
damage to house foundations in the future.
Whatever garden design you choose, again, like house decorating, will
be a reflection of you and your personality and should match the
architecture of your home in order for the home and garden to have a