Gardening

How to Create a Japanese Garden

If you have never seen an authentic Japanese garden, then it is time that you should. These stunning gardens stemming from a deep-rooted culture to help promote meditation and reflection are great places for you to relax and unwind. In today’s stressful and busy world, these gardens are a great place to find inspiration and have a peaceful area of your own. Good news is, you don’t have to go to Japan to see one! Yes, you can create a little piece of the rich history and beauty these gardens have to offer. Here are a few tips on how to create a Japanese Garden.

Japanese gardens primary focus is usually based on Zen. The definition of Zen is- The value of meditation and intuition, also that everything has a purpose. A cluttered garden equals a cluttered mind, and that is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.  Here is a look at designing a Japanese garden.

 

Stay true to the culture. Educate yourself on history, look at examples to find inspiration, and make sure that you have some background knowledge or understanding of what you are wanting. Remember, you are always trying to work towards Zen.

Learn the basics of a Japanese garden. What do they consist of? What type of garden am I looking for? Those are the questions you will want to be answered before you begin. Most Japanese gardens “borrow” from the landscape around it, here are some examples:

Rock Gardens – If you live near mountains, this would be the right choice with rocks being a primary focus to help blend in with the surroundings.

Moss Gardens – If your terrain has a lot of greenery, moss gardens will be perfect to match the environment.

Pond Gardens – This option will work well if you have a body of water nearby.

Keep your garden small and straightforward. You don’t want to have a huge space that can be overwhelming (and that’s not Zen), but rather simple and easily maintained. Use natural elements like bamboo fencing, stone pathways, and two or three mossy/crawling plants. You can add flowers, but you don’t want too many as some of the brighter colors could be distracting, being that green hues are the primary color you want to dominate the space with.

Now that you have some necessary information on how to get started, here are a few plants that you could use for your new Zen place.

  • Japanese Maple
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Azaleas
  • Siebold’s Wood Fern
  • Lilies
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Japanese Catmint

Remember, those are just a few suggestions that you could look into, as there are many attractive options out there to explore. Research the history behind your design, and when you are finished, the benefits are undoubtedly worth it.

Gardening

Planting a Vegetable Garden in Your Backyard

If you are starting a vegetable garden in your backyard, you begin by selecting the area for your garden. After you have picked a place for your vegetable garden, there are some steps to keep in mind for a better vegetable garden. Some of the steps are.

The designing phase of your vegetable garden

In this step, you would need to come up with the best layout for the plants that you will be planting. First, measure the allocated space for your vegetable garden. After that, write down all the plants you would like to grow and roughly sketch an arrangement of where they will all be. Spacing is crucial for plants to grow correctly and produce healthy crops, so you need to make sure that you are allowing enough room for each vegetable that you plant.

The next step would be to evaluate the type of soil you have

Your soil determines the health and growth of your vegetable garden. To ensure that the soil in your new vegetable garden is fertile and healthy enough to grow crops, you need to get it checked. You can go for the cheaper commercial approach by using a soil testing kit found in most garden stores or opt for a testing agency. The latter option would be the better one, as you would be able to get a complete analysis. By getting your soil tested, you would know if it has the nutrients that your plants would need. You would also be able to know which fertilizer to use and if you need to add more humus if it lacks some essential nutrients.

It is imperative that you remember not to over water your plants

You can determine your watering schedule by checking your local weather. If it rains once a week, you don’t need to water them. On the other hand, if you are facing a dry season or a drought, you can use a trickling system to water your plants. This is to ensure the water doesn’t dry up fast and can reach the roots.

Make sure you harvest your crops often and get rid of weeds in your vegetable garden. Check your crops. This is both good for them and an excellent way for you to break a sweat. You will feel relaxed and sweaty after proper harvesting. You not only get to burn some calories but get to eat fresh fruits and vegetables afterward, too.