Incorporate these zen garden ideas on a budget to create a calmer, more peaceful landscape in your backyard.Treat your home as a natural sanctuary and discover how to arrange your personal space to become a source of power, harmony, and magical energy.
A zen garden pulls you in, it forces you to slow down and enjoy the natural beauty of the space, nature itself and its power in tranquility.
We had a zen garden incorporated into our university landscape, walking the curved path, over the pond bridge, and amongst the maple trees would pull you to sit on the stone bench in front of you instead of hurrying along your way.
It’s this pause that we can incorporate into the landscape of our backyards to bring a peaceful, calm, serene green space in our homes and lives. In this post I’ll share with you some of the very basic elements that you can add and consider amongst your current garden space that will help you slow down and enjoy your hard work.
Zen Garden Ideas on a Budget
Include a Sitting Bench
A sitting bench offers a place to sit, it’s welcoming and simple. Think of adding one on a shoestring budget using supplies you already have around the homestead, such as bricks and a pallet.
Incorporate Curved Pathways
Curved pathways such as the beautiful look of a railroad tie and gravel path as seen above also allows for the feeling of wandering through the gardening space.
Add Mixed Stones
From beach rocks to pea gravel and more, use the stones you have around your homestead to define the space.
Add a Zen Water Feature
Water gives a sense of tranquility and brings the sound of nature to your garden. Simple ideas that don’t cost a lot could be incorporating water barrels and drainage ways into ponds or bird baths.
Use Terra Cotta Pots
If you are growing your vegetables or herbs in containers on your patio, those can also become your backyard décor. Think of all the interesting containers you can use, aside from just plain plastic or ceramic containers.
You can either buy them specifically with interesting shapes or textures on the outside, or you can decorate plain planters on your own.
ZEN Plants to Incorporate
Growing your own food and starting a garden with vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees isn’t just beneficial for your health and saving money on groceries. It can also improve the appearance of your backyard and patio. Here are some easy ways to make gardening more decorative and benefit from the appearance as well.
Combine the Colors and Sizes
To start with, you can use the vegetables and fruits as a way to decorate your yard or patio. Think about all the vibrant colors, varying sizes, and beautiful crops that make up your vegetable garden.
There are some veggies that are positively beautiful when they start growing in, like lettuce with all its big, flowering leaves, and of course bright fruits like berries.
Think of ways you can incorporate a pattern or interesting design with where they are planted. Bright orange carrots that grow next to leaf lettuce and purple beets creates an array of colors in the vegetable garden.
Perfectly uniform vegetable garden beds amongst the rest of the garden decor fits perfectly into the peaceful zen garden design. Think Square Foot Gardening
Use Vertical Planting
Vertical growing is a great way to grow vegetables and fruit in your yard, but also make them add to the décor of your yard at the same time. This can be done in a variety of different ways.
One way to do it is by using a wall in your backyard and setting up vines to grow up the wall, such as blackberries or tomatoes. These tend to grow on vines and look amazing when the growth begins.
Another option is to use arbors, where your vine fruits and veggies grow up and around the arbors.
It does take a little creativity, but once they start blooming, you will be amazed by what a large impact it makes in your backyard. Plus, this saves more space on the ground for growing other vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
Place stone pathways and sitting area underneath large arbours and a sitting bench to encourage slowing down.
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Lastly, clean up after yourself!
Judith Glover, author of Words and Wisdom for the Zen Gardener, wrote, “Be sensitive to the atmosphere of the garden. Listen to your aesthetic taste, so that the spirit too will be reflected. When the work is done, put away the tools. Leave no trace.”
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