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Take a dry seed in the palm of your hand and take a good hard look at it. This insignificant little kernel holds within it the wonder of life. With a little nurturing care it may grow into a beautiful healthy plant or a magnificent giant tree. Pressed into some warm, rich earth and given a little water and sunshine, the seed will begin its life.

GardeningThe role of being a nurturer is an amazing one and people who take up gardening as a hobby know that nothing is more enjoyable, relaxing or rewarding. It is a hobby that allows them to get in touch with the earth and themselves. It is not an expensive hobby to start, although the hobby may become expensive as you progress in the art of planting. Needless to say, thousands of people enjoy gardening each year and if you are fond of the outdoors, you may find yourself interested in gardening too.

A garden is a wonderful place to learn about life and growth. Gardening is good exercise, especially if you take a pass on all the latest power tools and put your muscle to the tasks of digging, turning and spreading compost, collecting and spreading mulch, hoeing and picking rocks. Activities like these burn calories, build muscle and strengthen the heart and lungs.

You just can`t beat gardening for stress relief. The simple acts of planting seeds and tending plants can restore balance and perspective during the most wrenching life crises. Research has demonstrated that people heal faster after surgery when exposed to natural scenery - even looking at photographs of green plants speeds recovery. Gardening is an art which needs skill and an aesthetic sense of creativity. Just about anybody can make a garden but to maintain it, it requires deep interest and involvement. First of all gardening has to do with the production of food and seeds. It starts with the seed but it also has to do with the management of soil and water. Beyond that is the magic and the methodology of gardening. Gardening also has to do with sustainability.

You would want a garden that flowered and bloomed year after year. To do this you need careful planning to develop and maintain a garden. First you have to decide the types of plants you want to grow or the best suited for your garden. For this you have to take into consideration the type of soil, sunlight, water, and climate of your area. You also need to have a rudimentary idea of different types of plants, their growth and maintenance. This section on gardening will deal with some of the possible types of gardening and pot culture one can peruse. Short descriptions, history of gardening, famous gardens of the world and well known gardeners down the ages, short descriptions of some plants and their method of propagation and growing details will also be dealt with here.

GardeningA good garden is well arranged. The trees, flowers, and shrubs work together to create an effect of diversity within unity. Such a garden may include a space to grow fruits and vegetables. Trees, shrubs, and other plants are chosen and placed to make the garden as attractive as possible throughout the growing season. City dwellers, who usually have less space, may have to confine their gardening to tiny backyard plots, flower boxes, terraces, or even rooftops. A building may even have trees growing on the roof Gardening is one of the fastest-growing pastimes the world over although it is not so popular in urban cities of India mainly due to the constraint of space. It also happens to be one of the healthiest hobbies one can have. The constant interaction with nature, soil and the elements is in itself a healing experience. Beyond its spiritual aspects, gardening can be a great stress reliever. Digging, raking, planting, pruning and harvesting are physical activities that provide a constructive outlet for tensions that build up in our bodies. Gardening activities draw on your endurance, give you flexibility and strength, build muscle and strengthen the heart and lungs, as well as helping with weight control. And with numerous studies showing us that regular physical activity reduces your risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and colon cancer, it`s clear that we all must take responsibility for ourselves and do what we can to stay healthy. So if you think you might enjoy gardening, here are some ideas to get you started.

If you are a novice at gardening you should start small and plant things that you will enjoy. If flowers make you happy, plant a few flowers. Over time, you will find what works and what doesn`t. Don`t worry too much about the best way to do things. The most important thing is to just get started.

If you are hoping to reduce stress through gardening, it`s important to make sure that working in the garden doesn`t simply create additional stresses. That means, take it easy. Keep your gardening to-do list short. Stretch before and after working in the garden to minimize aches and pains. Take breaks to sit back, rest and appreciate what you`ve accomplished. Listen to music while you work.

If a large garden sounds like too much work or you don`t have the room, think about trying microgardening. Grow your own plants: food or flowers in containers rather than in a plot of ground.

There are various types of gardening which one can adapt as per one`s needs. A few among them are :
1. Organic Gardening
2. Landscape Gardening
3. Market Gardening
4. Container Gardening
5. Micro Gardening
6. No Dig Gardening
7. Square Foot Gardening
8. Wide Row Gardening
9. Green House Gardening
10. Indoor Gardening
11. Soilless Gardening
12. Seasonal Gardening etc

In conclusion, gardening is not merely the cultivation of plants. It is much more an artist working at his art. The avid gardener treats his plants whether they are in a big plot or comprise of only a few pots in a small verandah, like his child which he nurtures and grows with loving tender care.
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