Everyone is Different – Do You Know Your Gardening Style?
Every gardener is different. Each one has his/her unique style that makes it important to choose a gardening style to fit their needs. Knowing ones style is a good first step to getting this right. So what are the different gardening styles? Below is a list which you can use as a pretty good starting point to determine your style. This will give you an edge over those who are just gardening enthusiasts.
Residential or Backyard Gardening
This technique is pretty much the most common one. If you are a beginner this is a good place to start. If you intend to produce vegetables for yourself, your family and maybe a few friends then this style is right up your alley. The primary goal will be to produce good quality vegetables in a reasonable quantity while having an appealing look to your yard.
Backyard Gardening does not require much space. Heck, if you are an apartment dweller you could even have a few pots on your balcony. More than likely you will have a small area in your backyard where you can set up a nice size garden. There are a few essentials you need to consider:
sunlight or some type of light source,
good water sources close by,
minimal critters (i.e. deer, rabbits, rodents, etc.),
reasonably close so you can monitor it regularly,
good ground/soil quality.
And a good thing about starting this way is that it will give you some really good ideas of what you’ll be facing should you eventually decide to expand your gardening ventures.
This style is a bit more expansive. It covers a much broader spectrum of opportunities. Inside could mean a green house, a conservatory, possibly a school environment. This type of gardening requires special care to be taken relative to climate control, both heating and air conditioning. There may be special requirements for certain plants. And this type of gardening could be done year round if this is what you are into.
This type of gardening is a bit more challenging. Here one almost becomes an expert gardener. The possible areas include parks, office buildings, botanical gardens, restaurants, even places like Disney World. Many times depending on the size of the venture a staff would be required to maintain all the plants. Now we are getting into a more commercialized setting where one needs not only gardening expertise, but also administrative talent as well.
There are also more and more groups coming together to form community gardens. Here is an excellent opportunity to be around others of like mind doing similar things. Where land is scarce this is an excellent opportunity for a group of people to get together and purchase or rent an area of land and then divide it amongst themselves. Everyone has their own area, but they also have the opportunity to work together and help each other. I know of a spot not too far from where I live where a group has made an arrangement with a farmer. He tills, fertilizes and works the 1 acre property. Then about 20 people divide it up and work their small area. It’s a win – win for everyone.
I hope you have learned a little about gardening styles. Perhaps you will get the bug, (so to speak), and get started yourself. From my experiences there is nothing like going outside picking a few fresh vegetables and making a fresh garden salad. The taste and nutrition all make it very worthwhile.
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