The Joy Of Gardening
Today there are a lot of different ways people are learning to cultivate spring and summer. With modern technology and infrastructure, you can enjoy exceptional value in goods and quality of life while simultaneously helping the environment from the comfort of your own home. It’s a win-win situation all around.
Take solar technology for example. Solar panels today are more cost-effective than ever before. Generally they’re $1 per Watt before cords, installation, batteries, inverters, etc. By the end, expect between $1 and $4 per Watt, depending on the size of your solar installation. The larger the installation, the greater the savings.
Combine a solar power system with wind-energy from a $5k turbine, and you can cohesively jump off the grid, run all your modern appliances, decrease your carbon footprint, and save money over time. If you’ve got a flowing body of water nearby, triple down with a water turbine that does the same thing.
But these technological fixes which facilitate green energy advantages still can’t really hold a candle to one of the oldest eco-friendly activities you can engage in: gardening. There are quite a few different things which recommend such an activity, and if you’ve never even tried it, you’re really missing out on a quality undertaking.
The Importance Of Flowers
Flowers grow from flower seeds into a beautiful landscape. Furthermore, a garden is an important component of any ecosystem—as MySeedNeeds.com points out: “Flowers don’t just make your home look and smell great, they are also beneficial to insects as well. Butterflies, bumblebees, hummingbirds and honey bees will cling to these beauties.”
A foundational ecological boost for your local environment is caused by the amount of flowers that are pollinated. But this isn’t the only advantage of having a rich garden. Your property value increases if you’ve got a beautiful, well-maintained garden silhouetting the grounds, and you can even manipulate the garden’s temperature.
You will know what affects the microclimate of your garden and thus be able to control it and get the best results. Plant trees, bushes, flowers, vines, and grasses in appropriate places and eventually the trees will block out the sun and retain moisture, ushering in pockets of coolness that naturally characterize a space even on the hottest day.
The thing about gardening is: it takes time. Certainly you can buy plants from a department store which have already sprouted, but moving them stresses them, and it will take them more time to establish roots in your local area. But if you plant the seeds and cultivate them yourself, they’re likely to grow more securely, and maybe even faster.
Learn From Mistakes, And Don’t Give Up!
Still, your first few gardening attempts may not turn out how you had planned even if you did everything right. Some climates just don’t have enough moisture naturally resident in the atmosphere to properly nourish certain varieties of plants—but if you are able to create a sustainable microclimate, then you may be able to grow such plants.
Even when you’ve successfully grown a garden, it will be a few years before it is in full bloom. The key here is patience. You want to take your time, water the plants frequently, prune them as necessary, and maintain that patience! If you do, in the end you’ll have a rewarding result.
Also, many plants can produce fruits or vegetables that will likely be healthier than those from a supermarket. Plus they will save you money. Indeed, gardening is an all-around win-win situation for anyone bold enough to get their hands the slightest bit dirty. With a little work comes great reward.