Do you want a space within the vicinity of your own home to allow creativity and tranquility to flourish? A Zen garden can be used to help you meditate, find quiet and solitude. You can also enjoy a Zen garden for its simplicity. Traditionally, a Zen garden is comprised of sand and stones. Depending on the scale, you might also choose to plant a few trees or small plants.
Zen Garden Building Step #1
Decide on the scale. Zen gardens come in all shapes and sizes. You can create a desktop garden. You can also convert your entire back yard into a garden for the whole family to enjoy at leisure. The choice is yours. Keep in mind that there is some maintenance involved in a garden like this. You’ll need to water plants, weed, and rake the sand to remove debris and animal droppings. (Kitties love Zen garden sand!)
If you’re not up for maintaining a large scale garden, you might choose a smaller, portable size. Your garden’s location will help determine the size. For example, if you choose to create a desktop garden, how much space do you have on your desk?
Zen Garden Building Step #2
Gather together your tools and equipment. For your garden you’ll need:
* Get yourself some lumber. For indoor use you’ll want a piece of plywood for the bottom of the garden. For outdoor use you simply need to create a frame for your garden. Plastic sheeting will work for the bottom. The sheeting helps protect your garden from weeds.
* Some wood screws or nails and wood glue
* You will need some plastic sheeting, which will also help keep insects at bay
* Sand (Approximately two inches deep. Determine the volume of your frame, length x width x height, to determine how much sand you need.)
* Rocks of an appropriate size for the garden
* If you’re creating an outdoor garden and you want plants, add your chosen plants to the list.
Consider using the following:
* Xeriscape plants like Mountain Laurel which doesn’t require much water.
Zen Garden Building Step #3
Design your garden. Before you start hammering and nailing your lumber plan how you want your garden to look. For example, a simple rustic Zen garden might use old railroad ties for the frame. You’ll want your frame to support at least two inches of sand.
Zen Garden Building Step #4
Prepare the area. If you’re creating an outdoor Zen garden prepare the area. You might want to remove any plants or grass. If you’re building an indoor Zen garden then find a flat surface and cover it with newspaper or plastic to help contain the sand while you work.
Zen Garden Building Step #5
Build the structure that you have decided upon. Then you will want to glue your corners together. Reinforce this structure with nails or wood screws. If you are building a smaller garden, then wood glue may work just fine.
Zen Garden Building Step #6
Now you will want to fill the garden with sand. Have a small rake handy so that you can begin the meditative practice of tracing rings in the sand of your garden. Decorate your garden with your chosen rocks and plants.
Zen Garden LIVING Step #7!
Enjoy your new garden and all of your hard work and creativity. Enjoying your garden is easy! Sit down beside it and simply enjoy the peace and simplicity. Rake it to create pattern and lines. This is now the perfect place to sit back, listen to the sounds of nature, and enjoy your favorite cup of green tea. Meditate, get into your ‘zone’, relax, and thoroughly enjoy!
Creating a Zen garden is a nice way to landscape your yard or adorn your home. It’s also an effective means of calming your body and mind. You might make visiting your garden a daily ritual.