3 Principles to Practice Conscious Gardening

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Have you ever wondered how you benefit from plants? Plants are wonderful beings that help us improve our lives all the time. We often take them for granted and we should stop and think about their importance to us and to our planet Earth.

We could also thank them and reward them for their excellent work. Plants not only allow us to breathe fresh air, they are also the basis of our food and medicine, not to mention that they are ideal to beautify or decorate any space. And if you like to beautify your home with plants, you have probably wondered how to take care of them to keep them beautiful. The most important thing about gardening at home, or in any indoor space such as an office or store, is to understand the needs of your plant friends and treat them as living beings to help them stay healthy and balanced.

It seems that lately many of us want to take care of the planet, eat consciously, dress with natural fibers, avoid the use of chemicals and take care of our health in a natural way, have beautiful spaces full of life and nourish our spirit by contemplating nature; to achieve all this, plants become our best allies, so we must value them as such and care to have a symbiotic and reciprocal relationship with them. It is for this reason that today, we bring you this post on the principles of conscious gardening. Enjoy the reading!

Symbiosis

The relationship between man and plant must be symbiotic (SYMBIOSIS; intimate association of organisms of different species for mutual benefit in their vital development). It is very important to recognize and value the fact that plants provide us with countless benefits, so we should also provide them with benefits, thanking them in some way for what they give us and thus building a reciprocal relationship with nature. If a plant gives me so many benefits, how can I thank it? You can do so by giving it love, understanding its needs and providing it with what it needs to be happy.

Understand That a Plant Is a Living Being

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A potted houseplant is no different than a pet, it is a living being that is somehow forced to live in certain conditions that are not natural to it. It is a captive plant that cannot find its own food when it is depleted in the soil where it is planted. So if you have a plant, you have a responsibility to provide it with the necessary nutrients and conditions. The basis of a plant’s balance, like that of all living things, is to stay nourished and hydrated, avoiding any type of excess. If you have or want to have plants, you are responsible for this balance.

Identify the Needs of Your Plant

Plants have different needs for soil, light, irrigation, air humidity and nutrients. Identify your plant’s name, its origin, its natural habitat, and then try to simulate it by choosing the most appropriate place to plant it. Also, make sure when you buy a plant from a nursery that it doesn’t have any deficiencies, parasites or symptoms of leaf disorders (such as spots, burns or malformations), because if you buy a sick plant, it will be very difficult for it to adapt to your space. To identify your plant’s needs, think about where it naturally grows, for example: a fern naturally grows in the undergrowth (vegetation composed of plants and shrubs that grow under the trees of a forest), this means that it likes a shady and humid environment, a peaty substrate and frequent watering, it will certainly not like excessive direct sun, a dry environment and lack of irrigation. Before choosing a location for a plant, the important thing is that the conditions of the space are suitable for the plant, not only placing it where it looks good to satisfy your preferences, but more importantly, placing it where it will be happy and can grow healthily.

There you are! With those 3 principles, you should be able to practice conscious gardening. Do you have any other tips to do so? Leave them in the comments below.

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