Gardening Trends You’ll Want to Dig into in 2021
By Shafiya Nawzer
With everything going on in the world, many people are discovering the solace that comes from gardening and adding green to their lives, and experienced gardeners are diving deeper into their gardening activities and trying new things. There’s something so satisfying about tending to something and watching it thrive.
Bigger and better food gardens
One top reason many newbies hit the gardening scene in 2020 was to grow their food. Confinement, worries of food shortages due to COVID-19 curfews, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes from supplying your own food are pushing people to want to grow their veggies, herbs, and fruits.
Due to a nationwide increase in cooking at home and a growing concern about food scarcity, more and more people are starting their kitchen gardens. Here are some ideas –
-Making use of a small space by growing food in containers or vertically.
-Create aesthetic edible gardens by mixing edibles into existing ornamental beds and borders.
-Grow plants that provide big yields in small spaces such as tomatoes, herbs, peas, cucumbers, and more.
The sustainable gardening movement continues to gain traction.
-Practice water conservation. Include drought-tolerant plants in your landscape. Put plants that need more water in spots where the soil stays moist.
-Make your compost. It’s better for the environment, your garden, and your wallet.
-Use organic methods. The benefits of organic gardening are far-reaching.
-Apply mulch. Mulching saves water by regulating soil temperature, thus preventing soil from drying out. It also suppresses weeds, adds nutrients to the soil, and prevents erosion.
Adventurous, unusual houseplants in demand
While everyone has been at home more, we’ve also been ramping up houseplant collections. People want and need greenery in their environment and are discovering that houseplants are an easy way of getting it. Make your home look like a stylish jungle with ideas from indoor gardening pros.
All signs indicate that 2021 will be a time to fill your home with plenty of houseplants and your garden with lush tropicals and nutritious edibles to feed not only your family but also those in need. The future is looking greener.
Container gardening isn’t a new concept, but it continues to rise in popularity, no matter the size of your space. Increasingly, people are growing in smaller spaces like balconies and patios. And people are getting creative - container gardening isn’t just for annuals! There’s been an increase. A trend carried over from previous years and it’s getting stronger all the time, with apartment dwellers and numerous who are having no in-ground space to grow in. But even homeowners, who have plenty of growing space, are putting containers everywhere; decks, stoops, and stairways. Container gardening gives you the freedom to the garden where you want to and don’t we all need to feel a bit of freedom in our lives right now? Plus, containers that can move indoors and out are great.
Creating your garden getaway
Many people are turning to their gardens for a place to relax. Small balconies and large backyards alike are being transformed in record numbers into places to escape and unwind.
-Choose low-maintenance plants that bring beauty but don't require unmanageable work from you throughout the year.
-Create a space for quiet contemplation with a Zen garden design.
-Add the sound of water with a small tabletop fountain, built-in fountain, or small pond.
-Keep it cool on hot days with shade from an umbrella, shade sail, pergola, or a shade tree.
-Make it cosy and extend your time outside by adding a table or outdoor sitting area.
Work from home tip: If you have a window with a view to the outdoors, find ways to improve it. You can add a hanging planter, plant a climbing vine, or set out a group of containers with plants in colours you love.
Getting kids involved
As children are spending more time at home with homeschooling and distance learning, parents are looking for ways to get them outside and keep them busy. In addition to the many health benefits of being outside, outdoor play and being involved in gardening offer endless learning opportunities!
-Get children their own set of kid-friendly gardening tools and let them take care of their own raised bed.
-Plant vegetables together (they’re much more likely to eat them if they grow them themselves).
-Combine reading time and gardening with children’s books about gardening.