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Gardening: Life’s Richest Reward


For many people, buying a home means more freedom to design it the way they’ve always wanted to. But, we’re not talking about the interior here, folks. We’re talking about that relaxing, green space called your garden.

This New York Times article offers tips on planning out your garden before you buy so when you do decide to buy your new home, you can start growing your ideal green space right away.

When you know you want something, you just know. And if you’ve always wanted to grow a garden, DO IT because it will be a lot harder to get that space if you don’t have enough room, don’t know which plants to buy or what type of soil to use.


Dare to Dream

Don’t be scared to dream. Many people think growing the perfect garden takes too much time, but you’ll never grow anything if you don’t start somewhere.

Make a plan and just go for it. It’s YOUR home and the best thing about owning your own home is that you can do whatever you want to it (within reason). If you’re a bright and cheery person and you want to paint the walls orange, do it. If you want to try renovating, give it a whirl. If you’ve always dreamt of looking out your backyard into a calm and serene garden, now is the time.

The New Year has just begun and we’re saying right here and now that you should absolutely dare to dream. And if that means growing a garden, then be prepared for a wild and rewarding ride.

I Guess Gardening Would be Fun, but Why Should I Even Bother?

This article from is a great resource for answering that question. Gardening is a form of exercise and yes, it can help decrease your waistline. It can also improve your health too. Spending time outdoors has been proven to lessen symptoms of ADD and ADHD. It’s actually a form of relaxation/meditation and it can help save the planet. And last, but not least—it can save you money!

Okay, you’ve Convinced Me. I’ll give Gardening a Try, But Where Do I Start?

  1. Envision what you want to grow and how your garden will look. This will depend on where you live because different types of plants and flowers grow in different climates. This is a great resource for growing plants in Florida’s tropical environment. And this is an excellent resource for growing plants in other regions of the country.
  2. Next, plan out how much space you’ll need. If you want a big shady tree to sit under while you read a book or sip your coffee, plan for it. If you want a gorgeous and great smelling flowerbed, make sure you know where you want to put it. The New York Times article we mentioned above says you should make a plan for one-inch because on a larger scale it generally equals one-foot.
  3. And finally, talk to experts to learn how to prepare the soil. HGTV has a ton of resources on this. Check them out here.


Gardening itself is rewarding, but there’s nothing like admiring your own dream garden. We hope these tips helped.

If you or anyone you know is starting to grow your dream garden, let us know how it’s going in the comments section. If you’re looking for new homes and factoring your dream garden into the equation, please let us know how it’s going.

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