There is always a special kind of fulfillment that comes with gardening. It must have something to do with the magic of delicately nurturing and watching small plants gradually grow into mature ones, besides the chance for grownups to play with dirt. Food gardening has actually become one of the most favorite forms of gardening in many households in the recent past.

Gardening also comes with considerable health benefits. For instance, it promotes wellness through engagement in activities which promote healthy habits. As a matter of fact, most gardeners are likely to consume more vegetables and fruits as compared to those who don’t practice gardening. The physical activities involved in gardening also come as a form of outdoor exercise which is likely to relieve stress and significantly improve one’s mental health.

Having a beautiful garden in your backyard is also likely to add a lot of natural beauty to the surroundings and hence creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your home. You actually don’t need acres of space for you to practice gardening. All you need is a reasonable space in your backyard and a few tips on what your plants need in order to grow up healthy. While at it, you will find the experience quite relaxing and fun.

What Do Garden Plants Need In Order To Grow Healthy and Strong?

Like any living organisms, plants need good care and nurturing to remain healthy. Plants essentially have their own personalities and do require various quantities of different things such as sunlight, water and soil type. Some of the plants thrive in cooler and moister conditions while others love it in hot and sunny environments. Still some thrive in both types of conditions. However, there are irreducible basic ingredients that all plants need in order to survive. These are:

  • Sunlight

 The sun happens to be the primary source of energy on earth. Plants are known to harness the energy from the sun, in a process called photosynthesis, and converting it into their tissues. Almost all types of plants need sunlight in order to grow. Most plants growing on land, including fruits and vegetables require a sufficient amount of direct sunlight during the day. It is therefore important to know which type of plants can fit in your garden, if it happens to be a bit shadier with less sunlight penetration.

  • Water

All plants need various quantities of water in order to survive. This helps them to maintain their turgidity and prevents them from wilting and dying off during the hot summer weather. In a number of climatic areas, it might be necessary to regularly water your garden in order to supply sufficient water to the plants. This needs planning about the source of your water prior to beginning your gardening venture.

  • Soil

Though we have water plants, most garden plants only grow in soil. The soil will normally contain the water and all the necessary nutrients needed that are necessary for healthy growth. You can have your garden soil tested in order to find out whether it has the right pH to support growth of the type of plants that you intend to grow.

If the soil is found to be unfit for the kind of plants that you are thinking of growing, then you might need to supplement it with the right fertilizers. The garden soil can also be tested for heavy metal such as lead if you suspect that it might be contaminated. If you are intending to do your gardening in containers, you will have to buy potting containers that are suitable for the kind of plants that you intend to grow.

  • Right combination of nutrients

Just like animals, plants need the right nourishment if they are to grow healthy and robust. Apart from absorbing some minerals from the soil, plants also manufacture their own food, through photosynthesis, by the help of the sun. It is these nutrients that human beings and other animals derive from the plants when they feed on them (plants). Plants need elements such as phosphorus (P), Nitrogen (N) and potassium (K). If the soils lack some of these essential nutrients, they can be added manually.

Apart from the above essentials, your garden plants will generally need tender care in terms of nurturing through practical processes such as, weeding, mulching, and pruning for them to grow and form the kind of beautiful garden that you have always dream of.

So I was wondering what my best friend was going to give me for my 5th anniversary last month, she never get a gift wrong, she knows what I like and she never make mistakes.

So as usual we had dinner at my place in Gladesville and at some point I had to go to the toilette, when I got back I found a big package on the table, and this time there were no flowers, weird. So I opened it and what I found was this Garden Time box, I honestly had no idea what it was, but the image on the box was pretty clear, an automated grow system, so basically exactly what I need since I’m the worst gardener ever ahah.

garden time anniversary giftI opened the box and got the instructions, pretty straight forward. It runs on a 888 technology which basically means that the light is automatically set to change every 8 hours, to simulate the sunlight etc. Also, this iPot can retain a lot of water, enough for 30 days so you don’t have to add it every now and then. It is just great, it doesn’t use that much electricity and it is perfect to grow herbs, like basil, mint or whatever you like; so perfect to use next to your kitchen if you like to use fresh herbs while cooking.

I got the herb kit as well, I’ve seen you have to option to add it to your cart when buying it (so yes I know the price now LOL).

So if you are undecided on what to get as anniversary gifts to your friends go safe and buy Garden Time as I’m sure they will like it. Mine is Wood colour but on their website I’ve seen there are black and white as well, pretty cool!

To be completely honest, what I like a lot is actually the lights themselves as they are very useful especially at night time and a lot of friends have told me they loved the way it decorates my living room and kitchen area (yes my house is not that big 🙁 )

I’m not sure that anniversary gift identify garden time perfectly, since I think it might be definitely perfect for so many other purposes, like a birthday gift, housewarming or any other occasion, it just looks great to me.

So again, my best friend Laura got it right and she confirmed her good taste when finding a gift, I wish you will all find a friend like her 😀

I know this is no an extremely detailed review but I was so excited to write about it and let my followers know that I couldn’t wait, I will surely add more details once I tested it more time, I have had it for almost a month now and I’m very satisfied with the results I’m getting! I suggest you all try it and please let me know in the comments if you like it and what colour you got!

A big Kisss everyone


See ya!