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Plants for a japanese style garden uk Plant: Planting the Seeds of a Dream - Growing the Good Life in My Garden I don't have a garden, I have a community garden. In each gardening season the plot is transformed: there is a new array of plants which change the climate, the soundscape and the sightscape of my courtyard. I think the idea of gardening can be taken a little farther. For people who have gardening aspirations but don't have a space for a garden, what are your options? Growing a garden with plants you can pick and plant yourself is a creative and often very satisfying experience. There are lots of opportunities in my own neighbourhood and even in nearby towns. In fact it is possible to cultivate gardens of plants you can cultivate anywhere in the world. 1. Seed Banks By far the easiest option is to get your seeds from a seed bank or garden centre. From dozens of varieties of vegetables, herbs, and trees, seed banks and garden centres are a treasure trove of the seeds of the good life. Nowadays, most seeds can be tracked online. It is simple and safe. Simply choose your seeds and buy. Depending on what you want to grow, seeds can be stored for several years. You can get a large variety of different vegetables from the same seed. Some people like to start with specific varieties. One of my favourite vegetable options is a 5 pound bag of winter cauliflowers. I have one of these growing right now. You might be surprised to hear I like cauliflower, but I always like the opportunity to try a new vegetable. With my seed business, I am also able to try new varieties that are not necessarily the most well known or expensive. I have a lot of cauliflowers, for instance, and I am always interested in experimenting with new ways to make that vegetable tasty. I haven't tried the sea algae, but I have found that I like white beet. A seed bank is great to get specific varieties of a plant from around the world. Not only do they make a different variety of food each year, but they are often growing new and sometimes less well known plant species. I can get a lot of Himalayan basil, for instance, or just a variety of an Asian spice. Some people like to collect different species of conifer. Many seed companies sell seeds of these trees as well as plants. This is a nice option if you are living in an area that has lots of good quality conifers. It is also an option if you like to cross-pollinate the different species of plants and can't afford a specialist gardening business. Some seed companies will help you to cross-pollinate, and when you purchase seeds you will be directed to follow certain instructions to preserve the integrity of the seeds. These are the best type of seed, and are usually guaranteed to grow true and to produce the same plant. The more genetic integrity you can keep to the seeds that you buy, the more pure your plants will be. By the way, there are seed companies that will mail the seeds to you directly if you ask. 2. Nursery Plants Many nurseries have a plant that will grow well in your area. Often they will provide instructions, or you can easily buy the same plant and follow a different set of instructions. One of the best gardening places I know is Ottawa's Okanagan Arboretum, which provides a map and instruction that almost anyone can follow to grow their first plants. Many garden centres sell the plants from nursery that are grown in their own greenhouses. 3. Backyard Landscaping Some people like to grow their own landscaping. While this can be a great hobby, it can also be a great service to the community. We can create our own public green spaces which are still very green spaces, yet will provide local food, flowers, and woods for ourselves, and insects, birds and other wildlife for all of us. We can grow our own drinking water. We can get more wildlife by growing our own food. We can create work opportunities in our neighbourhood. There are lots of opportunities for gardening, even with limited space. To me, gardening is a simple process that we can combine to make our lives better in many ways. For instance, growing food is only one part of gardening. There are other parts to gardening that are not so simple. Growing a garden requires a lot of human and natural resources. This is a fact. There is no way to grow a community garden without people and without a lot of time and effort. The entire nature of the good life, and a big part of living simply, is a balance between complex systems and simple systems. When a simple system is combined with a complex system, more things happen. A simple system that connects to other simple systems will create a more complex, exciting and interesting world.The more we work to create balance between simple and complex, we can create a better world. Gardening is a simple process that we can combine with other simple processes, such as eating locally grown vegetables. For instance, we can plant a lawn if we grow many vegetables in a community garden. We can water the lawn with harvested rainwater from our local trees and vines. We can put holes in the grass and plant flowers and edible plants. When our garden is good, we will not need to be wasteful with water, and the local wildlife will be healthier. My neighbours have become friends with me and the plants in our garden. They want to pick the little baby parsley. We make flowers for their bees and butterflies. We pick up an ice lolly for their children. They are all friends. It is a good feeling to know that we are helping someone in a neighbourhood where everyone