Starting Gardens and Gardening

One of the most common misconceptions for first-time gardeners is that they think all they need is some dirt and a few plants. While technically this could be loosely considered a garden, it is more than that and you do have a choice to make. Gardens and gardening can be as simple or elaborate as you choose to make them, so it is a good idea to start a garden that fits your lifestyle and your needs.

Gardens and Gardening for Appearance

When you are out for good looks, the garden of choice is most commonly made up of flowers – a flower garden. Gardening with flowers is a great choice because it can still be as individual as you like. You have the choice of colors, shapes, sizes and possibly the most important decision – annuals or perennials.

Annuals will have to be replanted every year, while perennials will come back year after year without any additional help from you. Each type has their own pros and cons, but perennials are the most hands-off of the two, so if low maintenance is the direction you are looking for, look for perennials in your flower garden.

Gardens and Gardening for Food

When you think of a garden, chances are pretty high that you think about a vegetable garden. They do take a bit more work and space than most flower gardens, but the yield is tremendously rewarding and you end up with more to show from your gardening efforts and you will have fresh produce for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the supermarket.

Another major benefit to starting your own vegetable garden at home is that you will know exactly what has gone into the vegetables in your garden. When you buy produce, you have no way of realistically knowing exactly how it was grown or what pesticides or fertilizers were used. Gardening at home eliminates this worry, and by using organic and natural fertilizers you are ensuring the health and safety of you and your family.

Of course another addition to your food garden is fruit, but you should know ahead of time that fruit can be more high maintenance than most vegetables, so if time and effort are considerations, you may want to steer clear of fruit. If you are feeling like this is something you want to try though, you might want to start with a few strawberry plants, as they can easily be grown in pots called – what else? – strawberry pots.

Now that you have a better idea about the types and work involved in gardens and gardening, you are well on your way to having the perfect garden for you. All it takes is a decision!