Your complete guide to a perfect garden
Gardening is a fun and rewarding activity for anyone who is willing to put in a little work to sustain it. There are many different types of gardens for several different purposes. For example, vegetable gardens are used to grow food.
Gardens planted to beautify their surroundings have a long history. You may be familiar with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which was considered one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Rome was also home of many beautiful gardens that were used to accent the beauty of the city. Needless to say, gardening has made many advances since the cities of old, but it is a testament to their beauty that we still see gardens thousands of years after they were first conceived.
Many homes sport gardens attached to the house or further out in the yard. These gardens prominently feature flowers and shrubs, and depending on the size, trees. Some gardens focus on greenery and creating a forest-like atmosphere. Others focus more on using brightly colored flowers to create a beautiful scene. Hedges often surround these types of gardens, providing some privacy. Gardens can be a great location for hosting parties and entertaining guests.
Another type of popular ornamental garden is the water garden. While in some cases water gardens are parts of a larger garden, they can also stand alone. A water garden consists usually of some man-made body of water, such as small pond, which services as a home for aquatic plants, animals and fish. Water gardens can add a truly exotic look to a home or larger garden.
There are three types of plants found in water gardens: submerged, marginal and floating. A good mix of the three types can provide a beautiful garden style. Submerged plants, such as water lily (commonly known as lily pads) are almost entirely underwater. Marginal plants, such as irises or cattails are more prominent and stick out of the water. Floating plants float along the surface of a pond, such as water hyacinths. They are often used to provide shade to prevent algae.
Vegetable gardens are a third type of garden with a completely different application. The focus of these gardens is not on beauty, but sustenance. People plant these types of gardens to provide food either for their personal or family use, or to sell to others. There are a number of different fruits and vegetables that can be grown in a vegetable garden. It's a small-scale alternative to farming, using much smaller plots of land and requiring less overall labor (though it is very labor intensive nonetheless).
Organic Vegetable Gardens
With an increased focus on sustainable living in the modern world, many people are turning to organic vegetable gardening. This method of gardening eschews the use of pesticides and other chemicals that can adversely affect the output of a garden. Organic gardening produces healthier foods that aren't tainted by chemicals.