Nobody can deny the positive effects of tending to our garden. Research has shown it can help us to burn more calories, lower blood pressure, improve bone strength, relieve stress and most importantly, make us happier.
As we continue into 2020, the start of a new decade, an increasing number of people are getting ‘green thumb fever’ and tending more to their gardens. Here are the top 5 gardening trends for 2020.
1. Sustainable Soil
It’s no huge surprise that sustainability will play an important role in modern gardening. As climate change continues to dominate the headlines and the more we learn about our own personal impact on the planet, sustainability will become increasingly important in everything we do. Our garden is no exception.
The focus this year is on sustainable soil. Wood fibre and green waste compost are being introduced as the new soil alternatives. New research shows the important role of the soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccea, in the health of our gut. This should tempt more people to start using sustainable soil in their gardens.
2. Massive House Plants
Get set for a trend that involves putting huge plants inside your home. An increasing number of people, mostly young professionals, are seeking to create a home space that resembles a forest or jungle. This could be to help reignite our love with nature, reduce stress or just make our homes look more natural. Plants are always a great addition to any home space and come with a few benefits also.
Plants play an important role in keeping our home environment clean and some are naturally antimicrobial and can act as dehumidifiers for our home.
3. Veggie Gardens
This trend is being seen as a direct response to both increasing supermarket prices and concerns of personal carbon footprints. More and more people are choosing to grow their own veggies, eat more seasonally and become self-sustaining where possible. This indeed helps to significantly reduce one’s carbon footprint and it’s much healthier, helping to avoid all sorts of nasty chemicals that come with mono-cropped veggies.
Eating natural, organic and seasonal is all the rage right now.
4. Creating a Beautiful Garden
You might be thinking that this isn’t really a trend but you would be wrong. Now, more than ever people are starting to really think about their gardens. Those that usually would just let their outside space go to waste and become overgrown are looking to create beautiful new garden areas. They are buying mowers online, cutting everything back and starting fresh using innovative ideas from TV shows and of course, Pinterest, which has helped inspire millions around the world to do more with their unique home and garden spaces.
5. Natural Decor
Our increased concern over local wildlife and the environment has prompted many to start reusing and upcycling materials to create new aesthetics in our garden. The most common of which include those that encourage wildlife numbers to increase including bee hotels, log piles, plants for pollinators, compost heaps and wildlife ponds.
This new ethical outlook from gardeners is sure to have a positive effect on their local environment, animal populations, as well as create some interesting new natural decor for the garden.
This is a collaborative post.