Which type of garden is best?

Gardens come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. From small windowsill boxes to extensive flower gardens or productive orchards, there are many different types. Here is a list of some of the most productive, versatile or beneficial types of gardens. Many of the gardens described here can be adapted for a small or large space.

Are you debating whether to plant a garden in the ground, on a raised bed, or in pots? We've outlined the pros and cons to help you choose the best type of garden for you. Herb gardens can also look very nice. Not only are these types of garden very practical in use, but they will also bring a lot of charm to your patio. It is also possible to maintain an indoor herb garden, but this is something that is most commonly done outdoors.

Whichever approach you choose to take, it will be a great fun experience for you. What do you think about when you hear the word garden? You can certainly imagine a green space full of flowers. But flower gardens are, in fact, only one type of ornamental planting. Flower gardens are perhaps one of the most desired types of all.

When bright pinks and reds bloom during spring, they add a sense of freshness to your driveway. But in order for your flowers to come out alive and vibrant, you must first take the necessary precautions. Water gardens are best suited for areas with a small pond or body of water. They don't have to be particularly large, just enough to maintain a small ecosystem.

During ancient times, water gardens used to be filled with lilies and other ornaments to inspire tranquility in everyone. The indoor gardens are perfect for enjoying a refreshing taste of nature within the walls of your home. This adds important aesthetic points to the interiors of your home. Growing the right type of plants will improve oxygen levels inside your home.

If you have a high wall on the side of your house or condo, you can take a look at the vertical gardens. They are usually full of climbing vegetables that can hold on to something and grow around them. Planting small herbs and flowers will add volume to make it look full and bright. That said, vertical gardens aren't that easy to set up.

Immense planning and proper watering are needed to ensure plants grow properly. You should also choose a wall that has access to sunlight so that plants can photosynthesize. Potted gardens are just that: mini-gardens in some kind of container. While most people's first definition of a garden is a tiled plot in the back lawn, it's quite possible to grow a thriving tomato plant in a barrel, washing tub, or large bucket.

Some people have become more creative and have used clawed tubs or discarded wheelbarrows. The type of container is limited only by your imagination and finances. Raised beds are containers for steroids. They are larger, more permanent and potentially more productive.

The typical raised bed is made of a four-inch rectangular wooden box at three feet high. This box is filled with a rich mix of soil and compost. There are several good reasons to consider raised beds as your favorite gardening method. Raised beds raise the garden to you.

If you have back problems, or even if you don't, a raised bed eliminates crouching from gardening. While I am currently only on my knees, I have a feeling that my garden will rise to meet me as I grow. If you're worried about aesthetics, raised beds are definitely a method to consider. Beds can be built from old barn boards, garden stones, bricks, corrugated metal, cedar, or an almost indestructible polyethylene board.

This bed border helps create definition for your garden, giving it a clean and tidy look. Raised beds are also advantageous if you have a worthless floor. On a raised bed, you can make the soil mixture exactly the way you like it. Of course, the downside to this is that you end up importing a lot of land and that can be costly.

Most of my garden is a backyard plot, a large flat area with paths and rows of vegetables. For larger gardens, the backyard plot shines. Arguably the most cost-effective method of growing a large number of vegetables, so it's still my method of choice. Most people think about a lot of digging or, if not, using a motor cultivator for this type of garden.

These methods seem like a lot of work or expense and can scare people. In my garden, I don't use either method. I never work and I don't really dig (except to harvest potatoes). Rather, I have embraced the paradigm of no-till, mulch, and cover crops.

I'll talk more about this in another post. For now, let's say the backyard plot is ideal for someone who has the right space and wants to grow a large amount of vegetables as cheaply as possible. If you're thinking of starting a garden behind your house, I suggest you start small and add it every year. This will prevent you from being overwhelmed by the gardening learning curve and allow you to experiment with costs and time demands.

Gardening in the City Presents a Unique Set of Challenges. While containers or raised beds may respond to the needs of a single person, those with more ambitious production goals would do well to check out Curtis Stone's operation at the Urban Farmer. Curtis makes a living growing produce on multiple vacant lots and unused lawns in the city. While his is not a distinctive gardening method (it's the typical garden method cultivated in the ground), it's worth mentioning because Curtis takes advantage of unused land in a unique way.

If any of you readers are urban dwellers and think you can't fulfill your dreams of big gardens, you might want to take note of the latest trends in urban gardening and reconsider your options. Kew Gardens is another world-class garden famous for having the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. If you live in a tropical area, then you can get away with having a tropical garden with modest gardening skills. Select the right fruit and vegetable varieties for your climate, and the orchard is one of the most reliable types of gardens you can create.

It can be frustrating when you want to start a garden and find that your land just doesn't measure up to tobacco. Perpetual flowering roses and some of the larger shrub roses look good towards the back of said border, but hybrid tea roses and floribunda and polyantha roses are usually grown in separate rose bushes or in a rose garden on their own. A stark contrast to the lush, green types of gardens, a xeriscape planting scheme can be just as interesting and full of life. Although flower gardens in different countries may vary in the types of plants being grown, the planning and basic principles are almost the same, whether the gardens are formal or informal.

Mediterranean garden types are also popular with pollinators, which help add life to the space. Like community garden types, a plot is a good way to have your own plot of land while surrounded by other gardeners, many of whom are happy to share their time and advice. The intention of these community garden initiatives is to bring the community closer together, so building friendships is definitely in line with the spirit of a community garden. A great way to get inspired or simply renew your interest in gardening, types of botanical gardens require a lot of time, money and knowledge to properly maintain them.

Those who enjoy gardening, but only have a limited amount of time, can maintain a lawn and perhaps some large container displays, as well as trees, shrubs, and perennials in beds and borders. With the goal of recreating natural jungles or rainforests, many of the key tropical garden design principles can be adapted for an outdoor space in any climate. Basically, you are going to cultivate your garden inside a greenhouse, either in the ground below or in raised beds or in pots and pots. Because raised beds can be manufactured in different sizes and heights, they make gardening possible for almost everyone.

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Phil Turner
Phil Turner

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