Planning Your Garden

Planning your garden can be both enjoyable and challenging. The first step is identifying your garden’s location. If you live in an apartment, consider having a planter box garden. For those who live in a suburban or rural area, a large garden may be possible. However, if you don’t have the time or the space, a small flower bed or container garden will work well. For people who plan to grow vegetables and fruit, a larger area may be necessary.

Studies have shown that spending time in the garden can increase the level of Vitamin D in the body, which is necessary for absorbing calcium in the bones. Aside from physical benefits, gardening can also improve a person’s mental state. Spending time in nature can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, which are all associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, spending time outside can improve the immune system and reduce risk for heart disease and other illnesses.

Many gardens contain a combination of perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Plants with unique foliage will provide color and texture all year long. Before planting, consider the goals of your garden before making your decision. Plants that grow taller in the back will add more interest, while plants that grow lower in the front will give the space more contrast. Aim to use containers as a means to create a more functional space and a stylish outdoor area.

The term “garden” derives from Middle English and Anglo-French words, ‘garden’ meaning ‘a space enclosed in walls’. Other words related to garden include yard, horticulture, orchard, and a private garden. Almost every garden is a mixture of natural and artificial elements. Even a ‘natural’ garden contains artificial elements, such as walkways, decks, lights, pergolas, flower beds, ponds, and drainage systems.

A garden can be a healing place for people with depression. Gardening helps lower blood pressure, reduces risk of heart attacks, and even prolongs life. A study in Norway concluded that gardening helps patients with depression achieve a better mood for months after gardening. It also reduces their risk of a stroke. It also lowers risk of a heart attack and reduces the risk of stroke. For older people, gardening can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 30%.

When planning a garden, think about its location. In rural areas, predators may be a concern, so plan ahead to include fence planning and security measures. Keeping your garden near your home can also discourage predators. Consider whether it is safe to build a raised bed. Raise-beds are perfect for vegetables and other plants, as they do not matter which way they’re facing. It is important to keep in mind the soil’s pH level before laying your garden.

Choosing your location can be an important decision when it comes to determining whether or not you want to live in a garden-style apartment. Apartments in this style are usually cheaper than high-rise buildings and tend to be located on the outskirts of major cities. The benefits of living in a garden-style apartment include the fact that the buildings are spread out and feature lots of greenery. Moreover, good management companies usually maintain the exterior landscape and maintain the community with a variety of plants and flowers.