Residential gardening takes place near the home, in a space referred to as the garden. Although a garden typically is located on the land near a residence, it may also be located on a roof, in an atrium, on a balcony, in a window box, or on a patio or vivarium. Gardening also takes place in non-residential green areas, such as parks, public or semi-public gardens (botanical gardens or zoological gardens), amusement and theme parks, along transportation corridors, and around tourist attractions and garden hotels.
Types of Gardening
- Impact gardening is a way of using a small space to great effect, keeping plants close together, which blocks weeds and requires very little upkeep once started.
- Indoor gardening is growing houseplants within a residence or building, in a conservatory, or in a greenhouse. Indoor gardens are sometimes incorporated as part of air conditioning or heating systems.
- Water gardening is growing plants adapted to pools and ponds. Bog gardens are also considered a type of water garden. These all require special conditions and considerations. A simple water garden may consist solely of a tub containing the water and plants.
- Container gardening is growing plants in any type of container either indoors or outdoors. Common containers are pots, hanging baskets, and planters. Container gardening is usually used in atriums and on balconies, patios, and roof tops.
- Community gardening is a social activity in which an area of land is gardened by a group of people, providing access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. Community gardens are typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits.
- Vegetable gardening is a garden used to produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants.
Top 10 Gardening Tips
- Mulch, mulch and more mulch. Mulching keeps roots cool, minimizes weeds and looks amazing.
- Choose plants that will thrive in your chosen location or “zone”. If you’re not sure what zone you are in, ask someone in a local nursery.
- Water your plants and soil before planting, then plant and water thoroughly.
- Improve soil by adding organic matter. Use homemade compost, manure, topsoil, and even fallen leaves in autumn.
- Fertilize newly planted plants with a high phosphorous fertilizer also called transplanter, then don’t fertilize again until the second spring.
- Plan before you plant. In the end, you’ll save money, time and energy, and have a more beautiful garden.
- Have fun in your garden. Try new plants and vibrant colors.
- Don’t always rely on flowers for colour; use some foliage plants like coleus and coral bells.
- Conserve as much water as possible; use mulch, rain barrels and lots of compost.
- Don’t forget about your garden in the winter. Use plants with interesting bark, shaped willows, and of course, and interesting evergreens