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German gardens: Little effort, utmost pleasure

There is no doubt about that: Germans gardeners a something special. Their overriding gardening aim is to get the most pleasure out of the least effort. Furthermore, whatever they do or install in their gardens should be absolutely environmentally friendly. And finally, yet importantly, the German garden must give a beautiful and neat impression.

The green tech industry and renewable energy sector is very dynamic in Germany. No other gardeners in the world are so ambitious when it comes to energy saving and environmental friendliness. Another distinct attitude of German gardeners is the preference for low maintenance gardens. For them, the garden is not a place to work in but to relax. It is all about being smart and as long as it is smarter to be eco-friendly, the German gardener is very willing to contribute. Solar lights, for instance, are not just environmentally friendly, they also save a lot of work. They only need to be stuck into the lawn without having to lay cables. Nevertheless, it is important for Germans that their gardens look beautiful and neat. Colours are therefore vital; and so are flowers. But again, when choosing the flowers for their gardens, German gardeners watch out for low-maintenance plants and prefer species that require little care and live for many years. The Germans’ preference for good results at little effort is also reflected by the vegetables they grow in their gardens or on their balconies. Everyone seems to grow their own tomatoes for they are easy to grow and require little space; and most importantly, they are convinced that their homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than any other tomato from the supermarket.

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A garden for saving money and having fun

Today food products are to be healthy, tasty, free of harmful substances and of local origin. So, what can be more obvious than growing your own herbs and vegetables in your garden or on the balcony? It cannot be more local and healthier. Furthermore, it is great fun and saves money.

Many people follow this trend already and grow their herbs and vegetables in the own garden or on their balcony. The feasibility of growing herbs or vegetables is only limited by the size of the garden or the balcony. Tomatoes, peas, string beans and lettuce – everything is possible, for the necessary seeds are available in well-assorted garden markets. A packet of seeds for basil, chives or parsley costs about one third of a pot with a small plant of these herbs available in supermarkets.

Herbs grown in the own garden or on the balcony are definitely free of harmful substances; they are 100 per cent organic food for less money. In times of numerous scandals in the food industry, even in the organic food sector, it is, however, not just the awareness of savouring self-grown unharmful and fresh food products, which make people feel good. It is very emotional for people to grow some of their food themselves. It is great fun for them to let it grow and – in the true sense of the word – to reap the fruit of their labour. There still is a lot of potential for the seed industry in this sector.

Eden made in Russia

Life in Russia is an everyday challenge – and so is gardening there. Although gardening can be pretty difficult in Russia because of the rough climate, Russians love it and mix work with pleasure.

From the biggest challenge for Russian gardeners, i.e. the unforgiving weather, arises the second challenge: the gardening knowhow. Russian gardening bloggers have extensive knowledge of what and when to do and how to do it best in the garden. The intense exchange of information is therefore vital for achieving good results with the gardening activities. This is even more important, as the favourite trend in Russia is kitchen gardening, which is more than just nice to do, as for instance in Britain. In Russia kitchen gardening is also a sort of necessity. When the harsh Russian winter puts an end to the autumn harvest, the urban gardeners proudly enjoy their homegrown vegetables and fruits.

For Russian gardeners organic gardening is not a matter of environmental protection or health, as it avoids chemicals, but above all, it is cheap. Russians, who live in the big cities and neither have a garden nor can afford a dacha, grow the vegetables in their apartments or on the balconies. Cutting costs is an important reason for the huge popularity of kitchen and organic gardening, but it is not the only one: It is also the creativity in building a personal paradise coupled with satisfying the Russian passion for gardening. The Russian gardeners do not spend much money on their gardens; on average it is just 34 Euros (45 $) per year.

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Gardening in Sweden: Women only!

Sweden is said to be one of the most modern and progressive countries in Europe. Amongst many other things, Swedes are very proud on their gender equality. However, when it comes to gardening this has no significance whatsoever.

It seems as if time stands still in Swedish gardens. Old traditions and an updated grandmother-like shape give Swedish gardens an old-fashioned, yet trendy, style. Although the country is widely known for its achievements in gender equality, this does not apply to Swedish gardens. Notwithstanding that the one of the strictest female quota in Europa was introduced for the composition of the supervisory boards of Swedish stock corporations, female Swedes love to live the old-school way in their gardens. There they regard themselves responsible for the well-being of their families and by all means is it their task to make home and garden a cosy place. Men are only allowed to carry out the hard garden work, for instance digging holes, mowing the lawn, chopping trees etc. Therefore, Swedish gardens have a pleasant female touch, which gives them a highly emotional and thus friendly identity. Swedish families are proud of their mothers und wives and appreciate all the efforts the women make for turning the garden into such a lovely place. The dominant garden trend in Sweden is a mixture of re-creating wilderness and feel-good-garden, both perfectly matching the old-fashioned style. The plants in these gardens must, of course, be very beautiful. In their garden lives, Swedish emancipated women like making jams and syrups. Thus, they also grow lots of fruits and vegetables, which they then cook and bake together with family and friends for the many garden parties during the summer season. The Swedish gardeners are the top spenders on gardening and outdoor living. On average they spend 190 Euros (250 $) per year on their gardens.

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The South African mix

The English heritage is widely spread in South African gardens. Traditional English plants like roses, petunias and begonias are very popular. However, what makes the South African gardens so interesting is the mixture of English tradition and native exotic plants.

The favourite topic of South African garden bloggers is how to grow these typical English plants successfully in the African climate. Another very important subject is the perfect lawn. This, however, seems to be a never-ending story, because it is pretty difficult to keep the lawn green in South Africa. Along with the traditional English flowers, vegetable beds can be found in many gardens. The main reason for growing the own vegetables is, as in most other countries, the desire for healthy food and, of course, the feeling of happiness when harvesting the self-grown food. South African gardeners grow their vegetables in organic gardens and they do it with a lot of effort and dedication. Alongside the English tradition, there is a huge interest in the native plants, with aloe being one of the most popular ones. All this creates an own cultural mix, which makes South African gardens so interesting and rich in variety.

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