The Gardener's World

The Gardener’s World

Imagine waking up each morning and walking into your garden with chirping birds, fluttering butterflies, buzzing bees, dancing leaves, a soothing breeze and a refreshing aroma of moist grass!

While planning your garden keep in mind that a perfect garden is not only pleasing for you but it’s also a haven for wildlife. Try to include vibrant and fragrant flowers that attract butterflies, bees and the blue birds. Bird houses and bird feeders can also be a unique addition to your garden.

One of the most important things is the time you can devote to gardening and the space you have.

However, some things will have to be left out but with time you will learn to make the most of even small spaces. For small spaces such as a terrace, balcony and window sill, container gardening is an ideal choice since most of us don’t have large areas to grow plants. Most plants will do well in containers and almost all crops love to be grown in pots.

Terracotta pots are better than cemented and glazed ones. However, you might have to change the size of containers as your plants grow. Where you place your plants is the key to success. Most plants will need full sun, which means eight hours of direct sunlight.

There must be a pleasant blend of all kinds of plants in one garden. One can include tropical plants which require indirect light. If you do not have any open spaces at all, you can still include indoor plants, which can survive on the light coming in from the window.

Plants that need full sun under a tree or near hedges is not a good idea as it will compete for food and water with your plants and will also block its sunlight. Well-rotted manure, compost and leaf mould is what mainly provides food to your plants. Each plant has its own food requirement and need altered ratios of soil and compost. You can buy this in bulk as you will need it after every few weeks to fertilise your plants.

For strong and healthy plants constant water supply is necessary. Water is the medium through which the nutrients from the soil are released that the roots use to provide food to the plant. Irregular watering cycle will disturb the growth of plant and eventually it will die. Over watering is as dangerous. The aim should be to keep the soil moist. If you remember these basics, you will soon be walking into a beautiful garden. Feeling confident? Get few plants and sow some seeds to start your own garden.

Happy Gardening!

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2010.

WRITTEN BY:

Zahra Ali Husain is a sustainability educator, freelance writer and an environmentalist. She is also a co-founder of Organic City Pakistan and runs the Green Schools & the Horticulture Therapy programs along with Yasir Husain. Zahra also manages an organic farm.

  • Qasim
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    Love your article! Could you recommend some really good gardening book/s that cover the basics really well, things from identifying the right type of soil to fertilizers, maintainance etc.

    Interior design is such a well-defined subject, I wish "exterior" design was covered that well, stuff from the aesthetics of proper placing, plant color contrast and stuff like that.

    28/09/2010
  • Welcome to Crops in pots:)

    There is a whole subject called "landscape design" that involved the garden design. There are landscape designers too:)

    I wish I had seen some good books here. But there is an ocean of endless knowledge on internet. BBC gardening is a great website. DO browse it.

    28/09/2010
  • Too much busy in other stuff… My Gardening Fever is down… Garden ignored 🙁

    A nice post by the way 🙂

    03/10/2010

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