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No matter where you live, you can still have a perfect garden space to tend to and enjoy when the weather is right. Thus, you can have lawns with flower borders which are modern in Netherlands or stone walls and window boxes like the French gardens have. Even embracing native fauna like Australians do, or having a water feature like Japanese and Chinese gardens have is not impossible regardless of where you live.
Basically, to be a garden master you will have to learn the dos and don’ts for beginners and from there everything is possible. Therefore, if you want to make your dream garden come to life, here are some simple tips to get you started.
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1. Let your children or grandchildren join you
Gardening is one of those activities perfect to do together with your young children or grandchildren if you are older.. It is a unique opportunity to teach them the things you learned and see if you learned them well. Explain to them the importance of watering and caring for the environment through responsible practices like composting.
However, don’t allow them to interact with insects and birds without your supervision since some may not be friendly and can even hurt them. Bees and wasps can sting them and even cause allergic reactions which can be life-threatening especially to children. Have them work with their hands and not use the sharp tools like scissors, hoe or shovel. Besides not getting injured, this is also a nice way to teach them to feel comfortable with nature.
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2. Don’t chase away natural pollinators
While you may think bees, moths, and butterflies are pests, you couldn’t be more wrong. Thanks to these natural pollinators we have the food we eat on a daily basis. Some countries like the USA use bumble bees as pollinators to increase crop production, while more and more nations participate in the preservation of bees.
The best thing is that you won’t have to go through a lot of trouble in order to make your garden welcoming to these beneficial creatures. By including plants native to your region and night-blooming flowers you will attract all types of pollinators even bats. Also, don’t use pesticides since they are harmful to bees, and if you have to use any products, then do it at night when these insects are inactive.
3. Do your research
Good research is a foundation of responsible gardening that will teach you not only tricks but also healthy and eco-friendly methods. Start off by finding recipes and equipment for eco-friendly gardening like organic insecticides and recycled equipment. Then, learn how to compost by using leaves and food from your household which will create a healthier environment for you, your family and the flora.
Make sure that you know what to expect from the climate of your area and measure the amount of sunlight your garden is exposed to. This will tell you what kind of plants you can grow, as well as how to create conditions for vegetation that may be more demanding.
4. Don’t forget the shade
The best thing about having a garden is being able to enjoy it. But, depending on the weather you can create all sorts of the seating area that will help you relax in your little oasis. For example, outdoor blinds in Sydney are an example of a very modern garden feature due to the Australian hot weather and a majority of sunny days.
On the other hand, a retractable awning in English gardens is a nice detail to stay outside even when it is raining. Of course, you can use some natural features for shade, like the trees and tall plants which is actually a really popular form of gardening in Germany since the early 20th century. Just don’t forget to include a comfortable seating set and maybe even a hammock for warm and sunshine-filled days.
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5. Start small, think big
The most common beginner’s move is the need to have it all at once. This rookie mistake will take too much of your time and most likely leave you disappointed in the end. So, instead of planting and landscaping to get all you want, start small by deciding to have only three things in your garden.
For example, if you want to grow vegetables and not only flowers, choose the easiest and most enduring plant like lettuce or green beans. This way you will not get disappointed and will also learn more about gardening so you will be readier to introduce new plants.
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In the end
Having a garden is a blessing that will bring you closer to nature, make you feel better and give you an activity to do with your children or grandchildren. Moreover, by following these dos and don’ts for beginners, you will soon enough become a garden master and enjoy the lavish landscape of your green space.
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