by Robert Sanford.
Date: 5 December 2009
Many people are rediscovering the joys of home gardening. Some major factors that have brought about this change are the necessity for a major change in the lifestyle habits in order to prolong life span, have a better quality of life and preserve the environment.
Through the years, we have seen the proliferation of deadly diseases such as cancer, heart disease and different respiratory tract illnesses. These are just a few among the many problems that have been brought about by the birth of mass industrialization.
Modernization and progress have their price. For sleek and concrete jungles to be built, many trees and plants have to be sacrificed. Along with these came noise and air pollution, and environmental damage.
The cutting down of trees and plants to give way to modernization has also caused a sudden rise in the environment's temperature.
Having a home garden and growing your own plants, flowers and vegetables is like hitting several birds with one stone. First of all, you bring nature into your home. Plants give off more oxygen. Thus, the air around the home becomes fresher.
When you grow your own vegetables in your garden, you are sure of fresh, organic produce that is free from chemical pesticides that may harm your family s health. You will have fresh vegetables and herbs on demand, so this also means great savings on your grocery budget.
You relieve some of your stress by attending to your new hobby and you contribute to making the planet a more beautiful and better place to live in because of the plants you grow.
Those who live in high rise residences who would like to bring more of nature into their homes can consider creating pocket gardens or indoor gardens. Creating pocket gardens is like having their own oasis in the midst of the concrete jungle. It provides not only some form of a hobby, it helps save the environment in one's own little way.
These are just some reasons why many people would try as much as possible to squeeze in some of nature into their urban domains.
Flowering plants are always great for gardens, no matter what the size. It is important, however to consider what kinds of flowers one wants to have in the garden. This is because some flowering plants bloom only once in a while. Should you want plants that bloom often, then perennial plants are for you.
Vegetable gardens will come in handy for the chef in you. You will be guaranteed fresh organic produce all the time. You are also sure that these are chemical and pesticide free. For those with small spaces, but would want easy access to fresh herbs, a miniature garden in your own kitchen will be great for you.
You can buy potted fresh basil, oregano and other herbs from stores, supermarkets and also your local neighbourhood market and put them right on your kitchen counter. They require very little care.
Lettuces and spinach take little space and are easy to grow during the spring and autumn. Carrots and radishes can be planted pretty densely and radishes only take a month from seed to harvest so several crops can be planted in a season. A couple of tomatoe plants are a must.
Creating your own home garden will help you relieve stress as you help the environment in your own little way.