Different Organic Vegetable Gardening Styles
Each gardener has a certain set of circumstances that make him or her fit into a certain gardening style or category.
Knowing yourself, and matching the right gardening style will help your organic garden yield more vegetables. Being aware of these issues will give you an edge over other gardening enthusiasts.
So, that brings us to a discussion of some of the different organic gardening situations and styles:
This is certainly the most common of all gardening situations.
If you are just a beginner and not yet ready to produce masses of vegetables at an industrial level, then residential gardening is for you. The primary purpose of residential gardening is to sustain a family or two by providing a steady supply of vegetables, and, at the same time, add aesthetic appeal to your backyard. Many people also start an organic residential garden to get better access to natural food without pesticides and synthetics.
Contrary to belief, residential gardening does not have to require too much space. A productive garden can be cultivated on a window sill, on balconies and porches, and in other small areas that have a sufficient light source, are easy to monitor and, at the same time, easy to maintain and/or free from pests. The good thing about residential gardening is the ease with which it guides the gardening wannabe from having no real knowledge of organic gardening to experimenting with other gardening styles which may catch their fancy.
Specialized gardening is generally going to involve non-residential areas that are known for their green quality and are often marketed as such. Parks, botanical gardens, amusement parts and other tourist attractions fall under this category. Usually, a staff is required to maintain these areas due to their size, so, effective administrative skills, in addition to gardening expertise may be required. These sites often are involved in producing profit for certain causes or organizations.
This form of organic gardening uses a relatively small space and requires maximizing its gardening potential. The plants are usually crowded together, and weeds are blocked with minimal cost, then impact gardening is for you.
Residential gardening mentioned earlier is often a subset of indoor gardening. Other types of indoor gardening include the gardens of conservatories, greenhouses and academic institutions. Specialized systems for heating and air conditioning may also be necessary for certain types of plants. If you are the type of gardener who really loves cultivating plants in and out of season, then indoor gardening is for you.
Water Gardening and Aquaponics
If you want to garden with minimal intervention, and love water organisms, then water gardening is for you. This is a bit of a challenge for most gardeners because it usually doesn't involve the many of the other traditional gardening techniques. The novelty of water gardening appeals only to those who have ample water facilities to cultivate this type of gardening style.
Many people who are interested in water gardening also become interested in aquaponics, where fish and plants create a self-sustaining system. Fish eat the plants and fertilize them. You get to harvest both fish and vegetables.
If you enjoy working on projects with others, community gardening may be a good option for you. It involves efforts of members of a community, or organization, to help make a greener place. It involves more than the standard garden, but the members of the community are often given autonomy to style their areas in whichever way they choose which results in both personal satisfaction and group activity.