With almost 67 per cent of Australians living in our capital cities, we're one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Considering the day-to-day stresses or urban living, traffic, overcrowding and simply not enough time - this means up to 16 million of us could benefit from the physical and mental advantages provided by gardening.
Whether it's a sprawling veggie patch in the backyard, a flowerbed in a small courtyard, a window box or even a community garden space, almost anyone can achieve a gardening glow.
Gardening is a great workout, It not only works all those major muscle groups, it burns calories as well. Also, gardening improves the mood almost instantly, so it's fantastic for the soul.
Hedges offer many solutions to a garden and home. They are great at providing privacy, colour, design, background, visual barriers, borders, luxuriance and screens.
Used correctly and with the right plants they are fantastic at portraying a sense of space and perspective, and increasing the design potential of your garden, after all the outdoor space is an extension of your home.
There is no requirement at being a seasoned gardener or farmer to grow your very own garlic at home. It's also very achievable and easy to harvest your own good quality garlic with a little patience due to its long growing time and by just following a few steps and keeping track of the seasons.
We’ve all come across bare balconies when driving through our cities, often reminding us of the baron one at our own apartment and then suddenly we spot that one with the lush green walls, planters and hanging baskets and almost instantly feel uplifted. However, if the thought of trying to grow fruit, herbs and decorative plants and getting them to thrive in what might seem harsh conditions bares to much stress to even fathom, you needn’t worry, there is hope in that lush balcony garden.
Caring for roses takes very little effort once you have the routine down pat, with huge rewards of fragrant blooms through spring and summer and even into autumn.
Like all living members of the Earth's surface, atmosphere and sea, medicinal and aromatic plants are not immune to the effects. Climate change is causing noticeable effects on the life cycles and distributions of the world’s vegetation, including wild plants. Some are even confined to geographic regions or ecosystems particularly vulnerable to change, which could put them at risk.
Do you have a small urban garden?
Do you want to transform it into a exciting, contempoary space?
As a city dweller I know all to well the premium paid for a property with a garden, so I can access to my very own 'garden' or 'retreat'. And if your like me your have every intention in making sure it always looks great, lush and neat so you can enjoy the space.
Everything in the garden offers some form of nurturing, whether it's food or something visual.
For years we’ve been seeking to create a sanctuary in our built environment that reflects the need for relaxation, contemplation and escape from stress. A garden, balcony or an indoor urban jungle does just that.
People are starving for more nature and serenity in their lives, the great thing about a meditation or a zen garden is that you don’t even have to know anything about meditation to create one.
It doesn't take years of study under a zen master, though, to feel the calming effects of spending time in a garden or in nature—if only to enjoy refuge from the constant sensory bombardment of urban life. Just being outdoors elicits more awareness of what the world is truly made of.