If you are a gardener or are just considering building your own home garden, there are a lot of resources available to help you get going or to improve your garden’s appearance and production. Everyone wants their home to look its best, so gardening has become very popular amongst all groups of Americans. Despite stereotypes, only about half of all gardeners are female. Gardening is most popular in the south, where the growing season is the longest.
Whether you are planning your first garden or are trying to improve an existing garden, garden centers or a plant nursery can help you with watering, sunlight, nutrition, and other tips to help your plants grow and produce their best. The five challenges gardeners who grow edible plants and shrubs complain of are time, insects and disease, scavenging by wild life, watering, and cost. The right specialist can help you manage each of these to get the most out of your plants and shrubs on your budget. Garden design and esthetics are also important. You can talk to specialists at gardening centers or search the web for design inspiration, too.
Gardening does not have to be all outdoors, either. If you live in a colder area or an apartment, container gardening may be a good alternative for you. About eleven percent of Americans do container gardening, so it has become an important form of gardening and there is a lot of shared expertise growing up around this discipline. Trees and shrubs survive and prosper indoors as long as they are properly cared for and can make your apartment or city home a lot more warm and inviting. Plants and shrubs liven up any environment and make it more relaxing and enjoyable to be in for residents and guests alike. Plants and shrubs can also just be fun and encourage neighborhood camaraderie. August 8th, for instance, is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, which is pretty much what it sounds like. It encourages people to grow their own vegetables and to share the produce with their friends and neighbors to build stronger and healthier communities.