How To Start A Garden
Why Grow a Garden?
Once you know why you want a garden, figuring out the who, what, when, where and how will follow naturally. Our job at Pond Market is to help make everything easier, including figuring out your reason ‘why’.
So what are the personal whys and benefits of growing a garden?
Maybe for you it is:
- To get more physical exercise. Digging, planting, maintaining, and harvesting will certainly burn some calories.
- To relieve stress. Something wonderful happens when you stop to smell the flowers, but every step from creation to maintenance is found to have profound effects on our souls.
- To add sensory creativity into your life. Affect all of your 5 senses… and maybe your 6th sense too!
- To fuse carbon and water together while creating oxygen… a clever way to say that plants produce better oxygen to breathe.
- To increase the value of your house. So many people fix up their yards before they sell to add curb appeal… but why wait? You can enjoy that beautiful garden while you live every day of your life.
- To create a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment, aka create an ecosystem!
- To grow your own healthy food. You get to eat amazing organic foods, create an ecosystem for the bees, butterflies, birds, and critters, and your friends will love you when you bring fresh salsa to their next barbecue!
The benefits are endless and once you start digging, you will likely come up with a much longer list than the one above. Now that we know why one might want to grow a garden, lets figure out what type of garden to grow. Now we get to have some fun and do some dreaming. This is where you might get lost, so just to get you started, here are 3 really great Garden Types to consider
Types Of Gardens
Grow an organic garden
Flowers are beautiful and often fragrant and while you can cut them and enjoy them inside and out, you usually cannot eat them. Organic Gardens attract butterflies, honey bees, and other beneficial insects! Organic vegetables, herbs and fruits are the sustenance for our bodies and for this amazing ecosystem. Chances are, the food you grow will be far more nutritious than the unknowns you are getting at the store. Knowing this ‘why’ makes plant selection much easier and depending on how many people you are wanting to feed will determine how big your garden needs to be.
Grow a tranquility garden
If you decide that this is your garden type, chances are you will be focused on water features, sitting areas, shapes of plants, colors, garden buddha, fragrances, sounds, and elements of peace. Perhaps there is a comfortable place to read a book or enjoy a cup of tea, or another area for meditation and reflection. When you’re digging in your garden and your hands feel the earth, the stress of life hits the back seat on this joy ride! Knowing this ‘why’ determines that this is your garden design much more easily.
Grow a garden for entertainment
Part of this type is a little more about who you are. A social garden says that you enjoy the company and your garden may have more lawn area, a fire pit, a gazebo, a barbecue, and lights. Even if you only have potted plants, this is still a garden. Maybe you are planting hops climbing up your fence or you have a few raised garden boxes filled with lettuce and tomatoes for your burgers! Perhaps you have some shade trees and a picnic bench. Your reason ‘why’ is because you are social and want to throw parties in this type of garden!
So now that we have covered “what is your ‘why’?” and touched on a few garden types, it is time to get inspired and consider your Garden Design.