Sep 10, 2017 - 03:20 AM
In Southeast Asia, home gardening is a common practice in rural households. It provides people with a daily source of food and possible income in the form of herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables.
However, for most, it gives a sense of life to their household. It can be for the purpose of decor and design, healthy living, or just out of sheer passion.
To explain further, home gardening is a process of growing plants within the confines of your home. Home gardens can be placed either indoors in a greenhouse or outdoors in your front and backyard. Home gardens can even be as simple as a bunch of potted plants placed in your home.
Home gardens can also differ in themes. The kind of theme your home garden should have would, of course, depend on the climate of your home’s environment.
One type of garden you can place at home is rock gardens that are filled with mountain flowers and various types of rocks. This type of home garden is ideal for warm climates and areas that get ample amounts of sunlight.
Another kind, and possibly one of the most common types, is the rose garden. Just like a rock garden, rose gardens require warm climates. The only difference is roses can also thrive in containers. However, roses can be quite difficult to care for since they are considered as high maintenance plants. Plus, there’s the presence of prickly thorns that can make for somewhat painful pickings.
As for places that don’t get much sunlight, shade gardens are the most common type. In shade gardens, you will find a variety of vines and flowers that thrive in shadowy areas. This is the ideal home garden for areas that get less than 6 hours of sunlight.
Herb gardens, on the other hand, are great for green-thumbed home cooks. Herb gardens can either be planted outdoors or in small pots right inside the kitchen. Herb gardening is quite similar to container gardening, which is another form of home gardening that requires little space. It is these two types that best fit a newbie home gardener.
When it comes to high maintenance home gardens, bulb gardens take the spot. Bulb gardens usually contain spring flowers that need plenty of tending and monitoring to reach a wonderful bloom during its blooming cycle.
Water gardens are also another kind of high maintenance garden, which also happens to be one of the most expensive types to maintain. Water gardens usually contain ponds and different kinds of flora that flourishes in complete moisture. This type of garden is perhaps the hardest to build and uphold since it requires a specific landscape and constant cleaning.
A better way to know more about home gardening is by understanding how it is done.
The first and most important thing to know about home gardening is the perfect timing for planting, maintaining, and harvesting. Remember that the best time to dig and grow plants is every spring.
Summer, on the other hand, is the ideal time to maintain your home garden. It’s the time where gardeners water the plant and remove dry leaves and weeds as it grows.
*TIP: The best time to water a plant is during the morning or night.
However, if you plan to include trees and shrubs in your home garden, you should be aware that the best time to do so is during fall.