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Nature’s 4 Elements

The Four Elements-Are they in your Garden?

Earth, Wind, Water and Fire.

Those four elements you’ll find in the garden as well. Earth, of course, is your garden’s anchor. Whether it be in a container, in the ground or in a hanging basket; the earth element supports your plants. You can create the earth you plant in by mixing natural and artificial ingredients to make a blend which works best for you. Different plants may need different mixes, and you may even need to create mixes for different areas in your garden, such as a shady or wet area.

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Then there is something you really can’t add; you have to rely on nature to provide this. The wind. You do  enjoy the benefits of a cooling breeze, the sounds of your wind chimes as the wind pushes through them, or the results of pollination from the wind moving the pollen from one flower to the next.

The third element is water. This comes from the rain and gives life to your plants. It’s often an added element in the forms of a birdbath, fountain, or even a small pond. Adding this element can often give benefit to more than your plantings. If there is a source of water, you will find the wild life will also be attracted to your garden. From butterflies and birds, to small animals such as squirrels and rabbits; they will feel welcome in your garden.
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The fourth element is fire and it is a little bit harder to add. It’s making a big splash in today’s landscape garden, and there are many forms that you can bring it into your garden. Artificially, you can add fire by adding lighting landscape, hanging lanterns or using Tiki-Torches. One of the biggest trends in todays outdoor living space are firepits.
Fire Pits seems to bring with them a feeling of closeness and community. They become a gathering spot for friends and family to share, and catch up on the day’s activities with each other. They can be a place of laughter and good times or maybe a solitude spot for a bit of romance.

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You can go to the web and find all kinds of sources for fire pits; do-it-yourself or premade- your imagination is all that holds you back from creating a special location in your landscape than everyone will want to enjoy. Not all fire pits are equal. Some use traditional wood that you burn, or some of the new trends that I really like are propane gas pits. You have no mess and all you have to do is turn the switch on and off. Some bit think it’s a bit lazy, not quite the traditional approach, but it works.
And a new item that I’ve recently seen is Fire Glass. This is added to your container and produces no smoke, order or ash. It comes in a range of colors and sizes, which makes it attractive, even when not lit.

Your garden is an extension of your world; a small little microclimate, a place where you can use the four elements of Earth, Wind, Water and Fire to create a beautiful atmosphere just for you.
Do you have all these elements in your garden?

Victoria LK Williams

Author:

I live in a wonderful small town on the coast of Florida and have plenty of access to the beaches and Indian River. I am a proud Christian. I have great son & I married my best friend over 35 years ago. We have 2 cats. I have been in the landscape business for over 30 years and own a small Gardening Service called Botanical Concepts, providing design, installation and maintenance service for niche gardens. I am the author of the fictional cozy mysteries and a writing blog (www.VictoriaLKWilliams.blog). I love to read, walk, garden, watch good movies, enjoy nature and love chocolate and a good cup of coffee!! Did I say I like chocolate?

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