411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Your Search for Cclean and Reliable Energy Ends Here

The planet is in peril. And we are worsening the problem by our actions. Overdependence on fossil fuels, excessive use of machines and devices to...

on Jan 17, 2018

Why Your Home Needs a Shed

Most people who have enough space on their property often fail to make the most of all that space. And one of the most obvious of such oversights...

on Jan 16, 2018

How to Maintain Your Garden Shed for Durable Quality

Like most products, the lifespan of a garden shed can be significantly lengthened if you occasionally spare some time to care for it and fix any...

on Jan 16, 2018

Are You Planning a Home Refurbishment? Read This

A home refurbishment is a challenging project to undertake. If you’re considering it, keep a few things in mind. Who is to do it? How much should...

on Jan 15, 2018

Adding a Bean Bag Chair Can Create a Certain Ambiance in Your Home

Home improvement involves numerous tasks that can enhance the look of your home and increase its value. Even redecorating or updating a room can...

on Jan 9, 2018

Fallacy of a Green Thumb

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 30, 2012

Some of our clients have expressed a desire to grow their own vegetable or flower gardens, but believe they don't have a "green thumb." This is nonsense - a green thumb is learned, just like other skills in life. The beginner's learning process may produce a few failures, but each new lesson builds the knowledge required for success. The joy and satisfaction of producing your own food or beauty is well worth the effort to get started. (actually, a "green" thumb should be brown - go to work and get all your fingers dirty!)

The benefits of gardening are enormous; aside from personal satisfaction, the gentle exercise helps to keep the body young. Walking, bending, kneeling and stretching in the fresh air is not only good for us, but necessary in our sedentary society. The sometimes vigorous operations of soil preparation are excellent aerobic exercise. As a group, farmers suffer fewer serious illnesses than the rest of society.

Mental health is improved also - the hectic, often frustrating pace of our daily lives can be tempered with the slower, rhythmic patterns of garden chores. The lessons learned from observing and working with nature help to relieve the fears and anxieties of modern society. It is interesting to note that gardening has become a successful tool for the treatment of seriously ill mental patients.

Another major benefit of growing your own is quality; I challenge any supermarket to sell produce that tastes as good as what we grow in our home garden. We've noticed that our children readily consume homegrown vegetables, but often leave much of the store bought produce for the compost pile. The healthy exercise of gardening yields the healthy fiber, beta-carotene and minerals necessary for the body...or for the ornamental gardener, the beauty, fragrance and tranquility necessary for the soul.

The best advice for the novice gardener is to start small; a well prepared small garden will yield plenty of produce or ornamental beauty. As skills and confidence grow, gradually increase the garden's size to fit your time and energy commitments.

Also, read one or two basic gardening books, but don't get overwhelmed with the intellectual process - you will learn far more working with your soil and plants. Consult with successful gardeners in your neighborhood; they have learned the varieties and techniques which work in that specific microclimate. Most gardeners are very happy to share knowledge.

Remember to take the time for casual observation. Much can be learned from watching the progress of your garden over the months. Each specific site has its own unique characteristics and requires the gardener to adapt accordingly.

Good luck with your gardening season! Be kind to the land, the plants and yourself.

Dan Eskelson @ Clearwater Landscapes, Inc.

Author

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Ways to Kill Black Mold in Your Home

Black mold in your home is not only dangerous, it can be damaging to your property. Therefore, it is important to know how to kill the black mold...

General Household

Things You Should Know About Electrical System Inspections

When a home inspector comes to your property, the electrical system will surely be checked. This is usually done at a visual level but there are...

Electrical / Lighting

Putting Vinyl Siding on Gables

Re-siding your home may seem like a daunting task, but vinyl siding is easy to work with and install. This document covers general instructions for...

Windows / Siding

Wrought Iron Railings can Improve Your Home’s Security

Wrought iron railings are an investment for your home. They make a brilliant aesthetic addition and wrought iron railings can improve your home’s...

Improvements / Remodeling

10 DIY Tips to Restore Damaged Furniture

When it comes to restoring your old and damaged furniture, this can be quite a challenge for many people. This is especially true if you’re not...

Bedroom / Furnishings

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2018