Do you feel yourself when you are in your garden as a 60s hippie? Relaxed and carefree with the lawn mown and you try to grow some organic vegetables? In this case it is likely not to be an advocate of the current hippie, but an ardent supporter of the SLOW GARDENING movement.
Inspired by slow food current – completely opposite of the over-acclaimed fast food – SLOW GARDENING was initiated by an American horticulturist Felder Rushing.. At the base lies more than gardening practices; It is about self-awareness, responsibility and concern for the environment. It’s described more as an attitude than a set of rules.
SLOW GARDENING is what I think most gardeners want: a seating area, where they spend time and work at their own pace with the seasons and the environment. I will review the main principles of SLOW GARDENING’s – crop growth using plants suitable to microclimate garden, water saving, creating compost use of the design as hedges, storage areas with grass in the natural state to encourage development of micro-fauna. A review of these principles is intended to help us apply some of them in our gardens.
1. Gardening ( the process) is pleasure.
Once we know how we want our garden to look like we have chances to become eager to make this a reality. With enough money we will be able to transform into reality using mature plants; but this is not the way of SLOW GARDENING.
Slow gardening pleasure is to enjoy the process of transformation as much as the result. Perennial and ornamental grass plants are easily grown from seed or cuttings – it will take some time to have your dream garden with SLOW GARDENING. By growing your own plants you learn to understand their needs and you have the feeling that is yours truly.
The bushes are not always easy to grow from seed, but you can buy seedlings which in time will reach the size you desire. The real pleasure of gardening comes from hold or overseeing various stages of plant growth.
2. Choose plants that will easily accommodate your garden.
When you will design your garden by SLOW GARDENING principle, what you plant and in which place will have a crucial importance.
Growing plants that fit microclimate in your garden will require less work, you will feed and watered less to develop harmoniously. Usually the plants grow better when planted under the same conditions as their natural habitat.
3. Saving water made with style.
With global warming, water saving has become vital, especially in gardening. A measured approach to water use is one of the basic ideas of the SLOW GARDENING doctrine.
Water tanks and barrels for rainwater should not miss the SLOW GARDENING adept garden to collect rainwater and use it throughout the season. Many alternatives on the market allow us to use not only the usual unsightly plastic drums but you can purchase various interesting containers that will become an important design feature throughout the garden – containers of wood, metal and plastic of various shapes.
4. Invest in compost production suite.
Another way to save water is to make sure that your soil retains moisture. The best way to solve the problem is to use organic matter such as manure, mold – GARDENING’s favorite SLOW – compost.
There’s no secret about how to produce your own compost, but it takes quite a lot and need to understand the techniques required if you want to have the best material for composting. It would be easy to buy a chemical fertilizer from a shop in gardening, but SLOW GARDENING requires patience and is greatly appreciated – do not rush nature, just assists. Creating compost and using it to increase soil quality is not fast, but the results you get with this method worth the wait.
5. Grow food against fast food current
Growing food should not be made on an industrial level, some seedlings are enough.
Arugula, lettuce, radishes and endive are perfect for small areas of land and are often very easy to maintain – no attention at all. Growing tomatoes in a wicker basket is what current SLOW GARDENING imagine that is ideal.
6. Leave the mower in the shed.
For long, short green emerald grass was one of the main attractions of the gardens. Recently is used more often the artificial turf with the same look.
Creating a perfect lawn requires more time, more energy, more fertilizer and more water – all things which infringe SLOW GARDENING. Let your grass grow higher and use it yourself in your garden design; This will save all the things mentioned above and you’ll create a natural environment suitable to attract insects.
Apart from the above there are other rules on SLOW GARDENING. The garden should fit your lifestyle and environment on which you want to relax and spend some quality time. So maybe hippies were right in their day, right?