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Fine Gardening design
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Just like creating a masterpiece, fine gardening is a project where the enjoyment does not come when it is completed.  Rather, the appreciation and the enjoyment one gets from undertaking a fine gardening project is in the process itself.

From the conceptualization of how the garden will look like to the planting of the very last plant in the garden, fine gardening has been considered as an art form that allows you to construct your very own sanctuary where you can relax and enjoy a great book or simply collect your thoughts and meditate about simple beauty of life itself.

There is, indeed, more to gardening than just simply planting a couple of different plants on certain parts of the garden.  Fine gardening projects take a considerable amount of planning and thinking.  Here are 3 suggestions that you can incorporate in your fine gardening project.

Check Your Space

Before undertaking a fine gardening project, the primary thing that you would need to do is to check just how much space your garden provides for you to work on.  Many times, people who undertake a fine gardening project find themselves conceptualizing a grand design only to be frustrated by the fact that there is simply not enough space in the garden for them to work on.

By checking on your garden space, you will be able to understand more realistically about your fine gardening design, which will eventually satiate your creative bent.

Add a Bit of Shade

Another thing to consider when you develop your fine gardening project design is to allocate a certain area where you can add some shade that would complement the entire look of a garden.  This would provide you a place of refuge where you can sit and relax in the garden once the project is completed.  For large garden spaces, planting a tree at a certain corner of the garden would be ideal.

If your garden space is small, you may want to consider a shaded wooden swing with flowering vines planted at the sides that would cover the wooden frame with green leaves and delicate flowers, while imparting the sweet aroma of the fruits in air.

Let the Waters Flow

Many fine gardening designs would often include a water structure like a small fountain or waterfall.  Adding this into your overall design enhances the garden’s overall appearance. The running water also contributes to the cooling effect into the entire garden.  The gentle murmur of the fountain or the waterfall helps you relax and calms your senses and mind after a long day of work, making your garden a great place to meditate, unwind with a great book or allow you to tap into your hidden talents.


Organic Gardening Compost

Organic Gardening Compost

Organic gardening involves growing food without the use of any chemicals or petroleum-based fertilizers.  The resulting produce is chemical-free and therefore considered to be healthier.  How can you manage to grow a backyard garden without the use of fertilizer?  The key to a thriving organic garden is compost.

Compost is a mixture of decayed plant and animal matter.  The best compost for organic gardening should have a high nitrogen and carbon content.  These two nutrients are key for nurturing healthy soil.  There is a theory in the world of organic gardening that says you should feed the soil and not the plants.  If the soil is healthy the plants will take care of themselves.  Proper composting creates the healthiest possible soil for your organic garden.

The ingredients that go into making nutrient-rich organic gardening compost should all meet the following criteria:

  • It should be biodegradable.
  • It should be chemical-free.
  • It should be full of nutrients.
  • It should be disease and toxin-free.

As long as your ingredients meet these criteria they should be alright to provide organic gardening compost for your organic garden.

Composting material is divided into two categories, green matter and brown matter.  Green matter is nitrogen-rich and moist.  Brown matter is carbon rich and much drier.  In healthy organic gardening one needs to put a balanced mix of nitrogen and carbon to flourish.  Some examples of green matter are:

  • Grass clippings and other green garden waste
  • Kitchen vegetable scraps (eggshells too)
  • Aquarium plants and water
  • Chicken manure

Some examples of brown matter are:

  • Leaves
  • Straw
  • Shredded newspaper (black ink only)
  • Dried garden waste

Once you know you have the ingredients on hand, you need to find a suitable container to hold your organic gardening compost.  There are two basic styles/sizes of compost containers.  Look at the size of your organic garden to determine your compost needs.  A large garden may want a timber bin.  These bins are essentially open topped wooden boxes.  If you chose a timber bin, know that you need at least 25 cubic feet of ingredients to reach the proper composting temperature.  Only a large organic garden can provide that much material.

For those with smaller gardens, continuous composting can take place on a smaller scale through a modeled plastic bin.  These bins are made from recycled plastic and their unique shape allows you to add new ingredients to your compost every day or every other day to keep it topped off.  The finished compost comes out a hole near the bottom.  Some of these bins can even be sealed up for winter use.

No matter how much or how little you need, nutrient-rich organic gardening compost is vital for a healthy organic garden.


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