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Gardening – Is It A Hobby?

Considering the hard work involved, I can still honestly state there is nothing quite as “relaxing” as spending the day working in my garden. Well okay, if not exactly “relaxing”, it certainly is rewarding and just gives you an overall feeling of well-being. An added benefit is if you are not physically fit before you start your first gardening project, chances are you soon will be simply thru the process of maintaining it. But is serious gardening actually a hobby? I don’t ...

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Considering the hard work involved, I can still honestly state there is nothing quite as “relaxing” as spending the day working in my garden. Well okay, if not exactly “relaxing”, it certainly is rewarding and just gives you an overall feeling of well-being. An added benefit is if you are not physically fit before you start your first gardening project, chances are you soon will be simply thru the process of maintaining it. But is serious gardening actually a hobby? I don’t think so.

I was in my 40’s when we moved from California with my low maintenance, swimming pool and concrete backyard to a small community in rural Oregon. The old farmhouse we intended to remodel sat on over an acre of land which sported any number of weeds and a few overgrown shrubs. Most of which, had been planted in a haphazard manner.

For the first few years we just kept the weeds mowed while we focused most of our efforts on the inside of the house. In time however, there was nothing left to do but turn our attention to the grounds surrounding the house. Oh my, where to start?

By the time that particular summer was over, we had created what we called the courtyard right outside the kitchen. It was a small, private area with a waterfall and herb garden, along with a comfortable seating area partly shaded by our 50 year old oak tree.

In addition, we had put up a 60’ fence, planted flowering shrubs and hedges, seeded a new back lawn and planted flowers galore. In addition to the herb garden now, we had an entry garden, a shade garden, a sunny flower garden and the following year we created a raised vegetable garden.

I’m not exactly sure when reality hit amidst all this flowering and fruit/vegetable producing plant life, but hit it did. This gardening stuff was a lot of work! Not only did we have to dig and add nutrients to our rock hard clay soil, we had to plant, then keep the plants watered and weeded. Deadheading soon became a half a days work on a regular basis throughout the summer.

Once planted, my hubby who had a job and a thousand other things to do around the property left me to tend the gardens on my own. I soon discovered that weeding took me at least 3 days a week. Then somebody turned me on to Round-Up and I gave thanks to the Gods that be. Even so, you have to be very careful with herbicides especially around vegetables and ground water.

In surveys, when people are asked what kind of Hobbies, Avocation & Interest they enjoy, 8 out of 10 will include gardening. After my experience, I can’t really relate to gardening as being a hobby, but I can sure relate to it as being a full-time commitment!

 

Make Gardening Your Next Hobby

Do you love spending time outside? Do you love making your environment beautiful? Do you love eating healthy and natural foods? If so, consider making gardening your next hobby.

For years I was turned off by the concept of gardening. I pictured old women with time on their hands who filled their days by planting excessive amounts of huge and bright flowers in their yards. A close friend of mine began gardening a few years ago and I have recently gotten hooked on it as well...

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Do you love spending time outside? Do you love making your environment beautiful? Do you love eating healthy and natural foods? If so, consider making gardening your next hobby.

For years I was turned off by the concept of gardening. I pictured old women with time on their hands who filled their days by planting excessive amounts of huge and bright flowers in their yards. A close friend of mine began gardening a few years ago and I have recently gotten hooked on it as well. Lately my wife or kids have to drag me in the house as the sun sets each night. There is something about the simplicity and purity of gardening that I just love.

Ever since I can remember I have always been concerned with making the environment around me beautiful. I cannot stand going to work in offices that are filled with florescent lights and I cannot live in homes that do not have color or character. My addiction to gardening began when I realized how much it added to the beauty and feeling of my yard. Gardening made my yard and home seem inviting and cared for. Many friends and family have visited and commented on what a difference our gardens make to the look and feel of our property.

Gardening plants and vegetables has become one of the most relaxing and peaceful things I do. At the end of a stressful work week there is nothing I'd rather do than spend a Saturday in my garden. Lately I've been busy researching new ideas on the internet and at the library. I'm looking for better ways to grow certain flowers and I'm looking for the perfect timing to plant my vegetables. I began gardening with the intention of only planting bushes and flowers, but after a short time I dived into the realm of trying to raise our own vegetables. It has become a family affair to wander through the vegetable garden and pick the perfect pieces to accompany each meal.

If you think you might be interested in gardening, talk to a friend who loves to garden or get yourself to a library or book store and learn all you can about gardening. There is so much to be learned and it is relatively easy to pick up if you have some extra time and money to devote. Begin with a small garden and then expand as you go. One of the worst things you can do when you first begin gardening is to overwhelm yourself with a huge garden that you cannot take care of.

Think seriously about making gardening a part of your home and Hobbies, Avocation & Interest. It brings beauty, peace and food all at the same time.

 

Make The Most Out Of Your Rose Garden By Cutting The Roses

Many people choose to cultivate a rose garden for many various reasons, but most of them maintain such a garden simply because they find the beauty of the rose as a reward by itself.

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Tending a rose garden is definitely a labor of love, but it is certainly worth the work because the rose is a kind of flower that eagerly returns the love that is given it.

A great thing about having your very own rose garden is that you can enjoy it any time you want, especially when it is the season for blooming roses. Some owners of rose garden hate the idea of having to cut away the blooms unless it is part of the pruning process.

However, this objection does not make sense to other rose gardeners. True enough, you do not have to sit in your rose garden all day just to be able to enjoy it. The best way to take advantage of having a beautiful rose garden is to cut the flowers and use the cut roses to decorate the home. In this way, you are bringing the beauty of the garden right in the heart of your domicile.

Bringing the Rose Garden Inside the Home

Roses, especially the hybrid tea variety, are meant to be cut. They are meant to be cut, put into a vase and be admired for their beauty no matter where they are placed inside the house. Cut roses in a vase add a touch of elegance in a room, no matter how drab the room may look. An arrangement of cut roses in a vase makes a lovely centerpiece on the dining table. Three cut roses in a slender vase placed on a desk or a side table where you can easily look at it can serve as a reminder that you are loved. Waking up to the sight of cut roses in a vase on your bedside table can cheer you up for the rest of your day.

And these are just about the visual beauty of the roses. Their smell is another thing altogether. The scent of rose blooms can be heady to the senses. For some people, it is a very relaxing scent. For many others, the scent of cut roses has the opposite effect – energizing, seductive and romantic.

Cutting the Roses

If you have a rose garden and you want to enjoy the beauty of your garden even while you are indoors, there is nothing to stop you from cutting your roses and making flower arrangements out of them. You have to remember, though, that you do not just cut a rose right from the plant. There is a proper way of doing it.

Roses are best cut late in the afternoon, perhaps after 3:00 PM. Cutting roses at this time of the day will ensure that the flower itself has enough food reserves stored away, which will make it last for as long as it is possible.

Another thing you need to bear in mind when cutting roses is to cut only rosebuds that are just starting to open. These just-blooming cut roses will have a longer vase life. Also, there is always something magical about watching a rose bloom right before your eyes.

Make sure that the pruners you use to cut your roses are sharp, clean and free from rust. Using dirty or rusty pruners is a sure-fire way of making your roses sick and of spreading disease among the plants.

Setting the Cut Roses

Once you have your collection of cut roses, put them to water immediately after cutting. The best way to do this is to lug along a small bucket full of water to dip your cut roses in right after you snip them off from the plant. Again, this extends the vase life of your cut roses and prevents them from the “shock” of being disconnected from their food and water supply even for just a few minutes.

When you are arranging your cut roses in your vase, make sure that the vase you are putting these roses in does not have a design that will compete with the beauty of your roses. A vase with a subdued design will enhance the loveliness of the cut roses.

Never cut away all the leaves from the stem of your cut roses. Leave three or four of these leaves above the water line on the stem. In this way, your cut roses will continue to be fed by these leaves, thus elongating their vase life.

Another method you can use to extend the vase life of your cut roses is to put them in water that has been mixed with a floral preservative. If you do not have a floral preservative at home, just mix the water with some lemon juice and a teaspoon or so of sugar.

Maintaining Cut Roses

No one likes to see wilting roses. If the cut roses are wilting way ahead of its time, it means that the stems are clogged and could not bring enough nutrients to the flower head. To liven up your cut roses again, you should snip at the ends of their stems and soak them in a container filled with warm water. Let them stay in that warm water for about an hour.

Make it a point to replace the water-and-lemon solution you have in the vase of your cut roses as soon as they become dirty. Most of all, to extend the life of your cut roses further, keep them away from direct sunlight.




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