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Monday, 8 September 2014

Self Sustainable Backyard Gardening

Back in the early days, most people used to plant fruits and vegetables in their backyards as an added source of food for personal consumption. This became much more as a general practice during the late 1920's when the Great Depression was taking over the United States as prices of basic food commodities skyrocketed to a point that people were obligated to plant food crops in their backyard. Today, there are some people that find planting fruits and vegetables as both a source of recreation and as a worthwhile endeavor that they can literally eat the fruits of their endeavour. Backyard fruit and vegetable gardening is a very worthwhile hobby during weekends or after coming home early from work as it can ease out all the stress that you have accumulated the whole day through and nothing is more relaxing than tending your small garden plot on your lawn or backyard for that matter.


The basic history of gardening dates back to thousands of years during the early existence of human societies. It is no wonder that there is the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon that all throughout history are mentioned for being the most beautifully made garden in human history. Some consider gardening as a part of human nature and a need for us to keep in touch with our natural perspective in life. Whatever we may want to consider what gardening should be, it is without a doubt a very worthwhile way of spending time and be rewarded by your own efforts in bringing your plants to life with their natural beauty. Backyard gardening is very easy to do as the only requirements that you need to start out is that you have to have a genuine interest in plants and in propagating them. 

You do not even have to an expert horticulturist to know the basic needs of raising your plants properly as you only need the basics such as water, soil and sun. As for the needed space to grow your plants, you need not worry too much on that aspect as you can conveniently start growing them from a simple plant box, plastic pots or even grow them using advanced methods such as hydroponics. For most people, ornamental shrubs with colorful flowery blooms seem to be the most preferred type of plants that they usually propagate for aesthetic reasons. For others, hedges seem to be appropriate as they also serve as perimeter boundaries that replaces fences. Others prefer to raise small fruit bearing plants in pots which can be very ornamental, especially when they start to produce flowers. 





Over the years, the methods of advanced gardening techniques have greatly improved not only in the propagational methods of properly raising plants but also the subsequent optimization of space in which to raise your plants. In big crowded cities that have little or no space at all to possibly raise plants, people have devised ingenious methods of raising plants using only very small proportional space as less than a meter wide by using modern methods such as hydroponics and stacking. Hydroponics was first developed about 20 years ago as a method of cultivating and raising plants in space stations during the early years of the space shuttle missions. It involved raising flora in a soil free environment using synthetic foam materials as a growing medium. Eventually this method led to practical applications that enables people to raise such plants as food crops as well as other species of plants that would not be possible to grow given natural conditions.

Eventually, this method now allows people that live in small spaces such as apartment buildings to be able to raise plants without the need for any ample space more than they can provide. As for giving the plants their daily dose of sunlight, specially made LED (light emitting diode) that simulate the sun's natural rays which can be used in places where there is virtually no access to direct sunlight which is needed by plants. Thanks to modern methods of plant propagation with the help of modern day technology, people can now enjoy growing their own garden without having to carve out their backyards or apartments just to gain the needed space to raise their plant and enjoy their little piece of nature in the comforts of their own private space.
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