Gardening is not an easy endeavor; it takes years, and years of practice, failures, and triumphs to achieve a garden that is the pinnacle of perfect landscaping, and functionality at the same time. A successfully planted garden requires more than an opinion of whether to plant a certain variety of plants, that have no annual value whatsoever; it is a duty of the homeowner to design their garden in a way that it contributes to not only the aesthetics of a space, but also add functional value to the entire element of planting, in the first place. There are a wide variety of choices for every style that you might want to apply to your garden, but there are also some key principles to achieve those styles in the best possible ways. Here, we would discuss five steps to design a successful garden.
1. Hydroponics, and its mechanics
Hydroponics, in a layman’s terms, is basically the growing, and germinating of plant seeds in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients, but without soil. So if you want to plant a garden that is ‘modern’ in every sense of the word, then this technologically advanced concept of garden growing would definitely be preferable one for you. The hydroponic garden system may seem like an easy doozy, but it has its own sets of setbacks, and principle that would have to be followed in order to obtain maximum output. Where one gets away from the hassle of soil, you would still very definitely would have to get your hands dirty. The hydroponic garden system comes with its very own germinating tray, absorption foams, and solar lighting system – all of which, you would have to learn to operate, before you can actually start planting.
But once you’ve mastered the art of planting a hydroponic garden, the aesthetics would be pretty amazing – from vertical, living walls, to horizontal vegetable patches, all grown without soil – it is a prime feat of scientific wonder making.
2. A properly controlled environment
A properly contained environment is a given for planting any, and all plantation features, but for a garden to thrive, it becomes a must. A good example of this phenomenon is, not planting your valuables where they get enough light, or planting them too close to harmful outside interventions, that would not only stunt their growth, but make them wither away, and eventually die. An example of this situation is planting your garden in front of a ventilator, or under an air conditioning plant. The refrigeration cycle is complicated, and exudes warm air on the outside, whose constant exposure could be very harmful for plants of gardening variety. So, be careful while choosing a suitable placement for planting a potential garden.
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3. How lighting matters
A key factor in planting a successful garden is lighting – be it indoors, or outdoors, or somewhere in between, is proper lighting. If you’re going for the option of a hydroponic garden then you would have to be knowledgeable about the best of solar lighting, which usually go by the term of ‘grow lights’. However, if your hydroponic garden is small, and you have a window that gets ample amount of sunlight, then these lights could be a completely redundant purchase. On the other hand, optimum exposure to sun is an essential, for any outside garden.
4. Adding a touch of personal – choosing containers
In the era of DIY crafting, choosing suitable containers for your garden could be a fun, and engaging endeavor. You can go ahead, and choose specific styles of planters from any home gardening store, or you could add a bit of your personal touch by making your very own containers from DIY hand kits – paint, and washing buckets are an evergreen option there. Or if that seems too much of a hassle, then you can always buy a terracotta planter set, and paint on it.
Painting seems to be a fun aspect of garden making – from fencing, to matching up a family of planters, you could unleash your inner artist, and it would definitely reflect of the quality of the visual aesthetic of your garden – how much you cared, and how that comes across in the style, combination, and pattern that you chose to stamp on it.
5. A successful potting mix
While we have a lot of options in the gardening genre, most people would like to go the time honored way of planting with their hands, and for a contained plant, a la planter, it may seem as easy as digging up some dirt, and shoving it into a heavy set planter or vase of your choice, but it is not that easy. The soil from outside is not especially compatible with the delicate disposition of small saplings – that is why baby plants need a bit of time, and a lot of care to thrive in new surroundings. Keeping that in mind, if you dump clusters of this soil into a container without effective treatment, your plants may never thrive. For this purpose, it would be feasible to create your own potting mix, so that your plant may thrive. You could find the appropriate ingredients and proportions for a uniquely suitable potting mix anywhere over the internet, but rest assured, that they are easily available, and simple enough to accomplish.
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