Gardening as a Hobby
By Francis Saldanha
Bellevision Media Network
Bahrain, 06 May 2013: Hobbies differ from person to person. There are as many hobbies as there are men and women in the world. Tastes differ and so do hobbies. Someone may have stamp-collecting as his or her hobby, while another may find pleasure in reading books. Stamp collecting, collecting of coins, photography, swimming, gardening, kite-flying, etc. are few of the common hobbies.
A hobby is that activity which is carried on in leisure time. It is a means of recreation and not of earning money. It gives delight and helps in passing the leisure time. Any activity which is carried on for the sake of earning money ceases to be a source of pleasure. It becomes tiresome. A hobby, on the other hand, is an activity which is carried on entirely for the sake of pleasure which it gives.
Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. As a self taught gardener, I derive great pleasure from this hobby. In front of my house, there is a small plot of land which I have been using as a garden. I grow flowers and some vegetables of the season on this plot. Beside this, I have a number of flower-pots in which I have grown some very-green plants and some flowering plants. I indulge in my hobby early in the morning as soon as I am out of bed or in the evening after I return from the office. I do not allow my hobby to come in the way of my office work or my family commitments. I do carry on gardening only during my spare time.
Gardening isn’t the most likely of pastimes in the dry, barren Middle East. Gardening enthusiasts need not despair just because they happen to live in Gulf countries. With little patience, it’s possible to build your own tropical paradise. The region is actually well suited to green-fingered pursuits, as long as you have the know-how. Maintaining a flower garden is easier than planting one. Although they might make it on their own, applying a bag of manure in the early spring is a good idea. Don’t forget to turn over the soil to properly mix in the manure and rake smooth when finished. If you have perennials planted, be careful not to disturb their roots in this process.
One of the most important things to do to prepare your garden for planting is to spread and till compost or peat moss over your garden, especially if it is a new garden. Adding fertilizers and nutrients into the soil several weeks ahead of the actual planting will help to ensure healthier plants. Once spring arrives, your planting timetable will depend on where you live, your soil type and your local climate, even though spring officially begins in the gulf from October month. You may have several more weeks of winter weather. Plants and vegetables that thrive in cool weather. One tip for spring planting is to plant different varieties of crops and flowers in different parts of the garden than they were previously planted. Crop rotation helps to improve the health of the soil as well as preventing soil disease from spreading.
Flower gardening is undoubtedly gaining in popularity and gives one excellent reason to spend some time outdoors and test out their green thumb. You can order seeds for flower gardening from catalogs or buy them from a nursery. Most people prefer to go to the nursery and buy actual flowers and then transplant them. After you have prepared your garden area and bought flowers, it is a good idea to lay the flowers out in the bed to make sure you like the arrangement and that they will be spaced properly.
When preparing a flower garden, you must decide what type of look you want before planting. For instance, mixing different heights, colors, and varieties of flowers together in a ‘wild-plant style’ will give your garden a meadow look and can be very charming. If short flowers are planted in the front of your garden and work up to the tallest flowers in the back you will have a ‘stepping stone style’.
One of the easiest processes in flower gardening is the planting. If you have seeds just sprinkle them around in the flower bed. For planting transplants, dig a hole just bigger than the flower plant, pull the container off, and set the flower plant in the hole right side up. Cover it with the loose soil and press down firmly, then water. There are some decisions that have to be made before even flower gardening can be started. You must decide whether you want to have annuals that live for one season which have to be replanted every year or perennials that survive the winter and return again in the summer. When buying and planting, pay attention to what kind of flowers thrive in your climate as well as the sun light requirements.
My hobby is useful in many ways. It gives me pleasure and refreshes me when I am tired after the day’s hard work. In the morning, it brings me in touch with the green plants and flowers. In this way the lungs are filled with pure air. This is good for health. Everyone should have one or the other hobby. Generally, most people do not have any hobbies. They should try to have some hobby. In this matter, one must not be guided by others, but should select a hobby which suits their taste and the circumstances of their lives. Pleasure is the chief end of a hobby, and so the best hobby is the one which delights and recreates! In my case it turned out to be gardening!.
My favourite Hobby “Gardening”
The small garden in front of my house is the result of my favorite hobby, gardening. Gardening is my favorite hobby. I think, it is the best of all the hobbies which one can follow with a lot of amusement and benefit to health. I have laid out a smaller of amusement and benefit to health. I have laid out a smaller garden in front of my house. When I sit in my smaller garden a great pleasure. Sweet fragrant flowers of different hues sweeten as my mind. It helps me in many ways. While working in the garden not only do I spend my time in a better way but also improve my health as thus I spend my time in better way but also improve my health as thus I take exercise unwillingly. It brings me close to Nature and I feel lost like Wordsworth in the beauty of blooms and blossoms around me.
The garden in front of my house is small, no doubt, but even then I am proud of it because it is the result of my own hard labor. There are smaller beds of flowers in which I grow seasonal flowers. When the plants bear blossoms, I feel a thrill of joy in my mind and take pride in my creative labor. Whenever any of my friends asks me anything about sowing and maintaining of plants. I give him information with elated feelings.
Surrounded by the beds of flowers is a smaller lawn with soft velvety green grass. I am very fond of this lawn ad take pride in maintaining it trim, tidy and neat. In the evening we sit in this lawn and talk chat and discuss several things. I have grown fruit fetes along the fringes of the grass lawn. Some of the fruit trees yield fruits but most of them are still young. Whenever any one of my friends comes. I offer him the fruits of my own garden with pride. The grapes, guavas and pomegranates of my garden are very sweet and juicy. Last year I planted a mango sapling which to the surprise of my friends, relatives and even myself, has borne fruit this year. Whenever any visitor comes to my house these days, I very proudly invite his attention to the hardly two feet tall tree that bears the fruit. This little garden is a place where I find peace and happiness.
Essay No. 2
Gardening is not very difficult. It involves preparing the soil, planting vegetables or flowers and paying attention to the garden. Many people make gardening their hobby and it is also a good form of exercise.
The first step in gardening is the preparation of the soil. If the soil is not god, the garden will not flourish. Dig the surface of the earth; then mix the top soil with manure and water. If you are planning a vegetable garden, prepare hedges for different vegetables you hope to plant; however flowers do not need hedges.
The vegetables or flowers that you will plant are often young plants in a water- proof bag. Dig a small hole , place the small plants along with the soil into the ground and cover with the mixed soil. Water the new plant.
After planting, you should pay close attention to your garden. This involves removing the weeds, removing dead leaves around the plants and watering the garden often.
Gardening makes one happy; when one is tired of studying or staying indoors, gardening gives one the opportunity to make light work outside. Moving around in the garden is also a kind of exercise for the body. A garden is also beneficial, as it provides people with flowers and vegetables.