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Design student uk- final year project

london, United Kingdom

Hi, my names jenny and i am in my final year studying Product Design. For my major project i am investigating Gardening processes, especially Gardening preperation and aspects related to the whole gardening experince.

i would really appritiate any information on the following questions so as to help me with my project:

Why do you find most enjoyable about gardening?

What do you find most difficult about gardening?

Where do you store your gardening products

What times of the year do you garden?

and any other information would be greatly recieved.

Many thanks

nelson, New Zealand(Zone 9a)

Hi Jenny,
The most enjoyable - taking pleasure from looking at the garden picture I have created on a new house section (and when I start a vegeatable garden, eating the products)

The least enjoyable - finding I have overcrowded the planting area due to not realising how big some plants will grow. Many of these problems occured from cuttings received from others with no indication of how big they will become.

Where do I store my gardening products - bulbs are lifted and sorted, dried off and hung in a string bag in the garage.

What time of year do I garden - living in a temperate climate in New Zealand means gardening all through the year. However, much less to do in the winter months, really, only rose pruning and planting of new trees or shrubs. Early spring is the busiest.

We have had to plan and plant everything in our new house section, just a piece of bare land to start with. The front garden is partly planted as shown in the photo. The lawn is due to be sown sometime next month. The land was previosly part of an apple orchard and the soil threw up a huge amount of weed seeds once we started working it up. We have incorporated much bark compost into the ground and fertilised the flower beds well.
Gaining gardening knowledge is a life long learning process for the home gardener, each garden has it's own micro climate and must be learned. We aim to give our plants the best media to grow in, the correct fertiliser, the right amount of moisture and as far as possible the best position to give the best results.

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Lucerne Valley, CA(Zone 8a)

Why do you find most enjoyable about gardening?

The spiritual aspect of being deeply in touch with nature's energies. This seems to invade all aspects of gardening for me. The "spring fever" that hits me before the last frost which gets me dreaming then planning; the preparation of the beds...from sifting the compost to mixing it with the soil, to planting the seeds...tending the garden, watching it grow and of course, enjoying the harvest!

What do you find most difficult about gardening?

Shovelling. Whether it's manure, or double digging new beds. Hard on my back.

Where do you store your gardening products

many in it's respective garden, and tools in appropriate sheds.

What times of the year do you garden?

Spring and Summer and fall (with some small winter harvesting, but no planting.)

and any other information would be greatly recieved.

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