What is garden: Definition and 48 Discussions

A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the cultivation, display, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The single feature identifying even the wildest wild garden is control. The garden can incorporate both natural and artificial materials.Gardens often have design features including statuary, follies, pergolas, trellises, stumperies, dry creek beds, and water features such as fountains, ponds (with or without fish), waterfalls or creeks. Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while others also produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants. Food-producing gardens are distinguished from farms by their smaller scale, more labor-intensive methods, and their purpose (enjoyment of a hobby or self-sustenance rather than producing for sale, as in a market garden). Flower gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses.
The most common form today is a residential or public garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden, which etymologically implies enclosure, often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden. Some traditional types of eastern gardens, such as Zen gardens, however, use plants sparsely or not at all. Landscape gardens, on the other hand, such as the English landscape gardens first developed in the 18th century, may omit flowers altogether.
Landscape architecture is a related professional activity with landscape architects tending to engage in design at many scales and working on both public and private projects.

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  1. Steven Ellet

    Growing Fuzzy Potatoes at Home

    I put a russet potato in a clear plastic container with a dish of water. It had sprouted potato tubers(I think that's the right term) but I waited too long... it now has roots and white fur. Is there a reasonable change I can still get a plant out of it, or should I just start over?
  2. Wrichik Basu

    Getting rid of millipedes that are infesting plants in garden

    We have a small garden on our terrace. Today, when I went to water the plants, I found that some flower plants had their leaves turned translucent, i.e., they had lost all the chlorophyll. Upon looking closely, I found these millipedes having their lunch off the leaves: Till now...
  3. J

    I Why does a Pressure Washer clean better than a Garden Hose?

    In Bernoulli's equation, you have static, dynamic, and hydrostatic pressures equal to a constant. In one sense, I'm wondering if the dynamic part of the equation explains this since -> Pressure = (1/2*rho*velocity^2) and pressure can be expressed as a force / unit area, therefore, an increase in...
  4. N

    Working With A Rectangular Garden

    The length and width of a rectangular garden are 15 meters and 10 meters, respectively. A walkway of width x surrounds the garden. (a) Draw a diagram that gives a visual representation of the problem. (b) Write the equation for the perimeter y of the walkway in terms of x. For (a), see...
  5. ckerr83

    Help solving garden gate statics problem

    I am installing a garden gate at the back of my house. The length (L) of the gate is 1.7m and the mass is 62.6kg, there are 2 hinges positioned 1.3m apart. The gate has an inherent sag, such that, the bottom corner on the unhinged side is 5cm lower than the corner on the hinged side. What...
  6. sepcurio

    Why do I keep finding more new rocks in my garden year after year?

    I can completely clear out all large rocks from my garden so it's just soil and pebbles down to about a foot. Then come next spring I find new large rocks again. Happens each year. This is a common problem for farmers and gardeners. Causes I've considered include: -- Ice heaves that push up...
  7. M

    Help! Aquaponics Garden pH Too High - Need Advice!

    Hi everyone, hoping for some quick help. I’m trying to get the chemistry right for an aquaponics garden I’m building. I screwed up pretty bad the first time and just swapped out almost 100% of the water (there was a residual 2-3 gallons in the bottom of the growbed). Last night added in about...
  8. D

    Lawn/Garden Increase the Height of Water Spouts in Garden Ponds

    Hi all, I am new to this forum and seeking help with a project that I am working on at the condominium complex where I live in Thailand during the winter months. We currently have 3 ponds with water spouts in each pond. At this time the water nozzles spray (bubble up) to about 12-14 inches. My...
  9. sophiecentaur

    The common or garden Dividing Head - how does it work?

    I have looked all over the net and can only find descriptions of how to use a dividing head, followed by countless numerical examples. There must be someone on PF who can give a short algebraic description of the way they work. Machinists as a whole, don't seem to want to present the topic in a...
  10. L

    MHB Garden Materials Help: Calculate Circumference, Perimeter, Areas & Costs

    Hi help please You have decided to landscape your back garden, and have chosen to: place a border around your pond (A) replace the broken fence surrounding the garden and add a decorative trellis build a patio in section B spray your lawn with lawn food (it's looking a little patchy) You can...
  11. L

    MHB Garden Materials Calculator: Calculate Area & More

    I have tried this a couple of times but no successBefore you buy materials, you need to work out how much you will need. As such, you need to calculate the following: the circumference of the pond -A the perimeter of the garden the patio area -b the lawn area (minus pond area) the pond area- a...
  12. Y

    MHB Find the possible dimensions for each garden

    What I did: x = Emily's garden's width x+4 = Emily's garden's length y= Sarah's garden's width 18 = Sarah's garden's length y=x+4(as stated in problem) x/x+4 = y/18(as the two gardens are similar) Which means that x/x+4 = x+4/18 Now I can't seem to find x
  13. Astronuc

    How does your Garden grow? part 2

    Gardening season is starting up again - well up north. Good article for novices - 10 Tips For Growing Your Own Food In Your Garden https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-10-tips-for-growing-your-own-food-in-your-118376985826.html This is a continuation of the original thread How does your Garden grow?
  14. Glurth

    How can I ensure even water flow to my garden?

    I would like to setup a subsurface irrigation system for my garden. I have several beds which, while I made each one perfectly level, are at different elevations (about 1 or 2 feet between each) . The source of the water will be a permanently mounted bucket, barrel or cistern of some kind...
  15. S

    MHB How Do I Solve This Garden Border Problem?

    Here's another question I'm finding it hard to get started on: " A garden is in the shape of a rectangle, 20 metres by 8 metres. Around the outside is a border of uniform width, and in the middle is a square pond. The width of the border is the same as the width of the pond. The size of the...
  16. S

    Passive flapping butterfly garden ornament?

    What's a feasible design for a garden ornament that would give the illusion of a butterfly hovering around a flower when there was a breeze? There are solar powered versions of such ornaments such as I don't recommend them as cat toys, but this video gives a closer look at the mechanics of...
  17. D

    Build garden boxes this summer

    Im trying to build garden boxes this summer and I am trying to determine the dimensions through optimization. Its been a long time since I've done this and I can't seem to model this mathematically. Id like a box where the volume=13.5ft^3 and the height of the frame to be 8 inches or .66ft. Id...
  18. N

    Calculating Max Height of Water Squirted from Garden Hose

    Homework Statement A nozzle with a radius of 0.250 cm is attached to a garden hose with a radius of 0.800 cm. The velocity of the water in the hose is 2.80 m/s and the velocity of the water in the nozzle is 28.7 m/s.s (a) Calculate the maximum height to which water could be squirted if it...
  19. R

    My grandmother has Plutonium in her garden.

    Hello, More seriously, my grandmother does not have this in her garden. I am looking to know what it's imply if normal citizens were to get hold of little quantities of these. I am an interaction designer who needs to understand a few things about nuclear physics in order to validate some idea...
  20. P

    Control flowrate or pressure? Faucet and garden hose conundrum

    Hello, I am confused why when we turn on a faucet on small, the water doesn't accelerate out of the tap like you would expect from Bernoulli's equation where a reduced area means a high velocity. It seem's like the faucet only regulates flow rate but not the pressure. However, if you connect a...
  21. D

    Start a Salsa Garden in VA: Tips & Resources

    I'm planning on starting a salsa garden to make fresh salsa this year. My garden has nine 4'x4' beds and is located in Virginia. I know we have some people on this forum that do this and was wondering if anybody had any suggestions on what to put in it and how many of each plant to grow. Also...
  22. A

    Solve Garden Hose Problem: 19.6s to Fill 24L Container

    Homework Statement A garden hose is used to fill a large metal container which can hold 24.0 L of liquid. If the radius of the garden hose's nozzle is 1.2 cm, and the speed of the water at this point is 272.0 cm/s, how long (in seconds) would it take to fill the container with water, assuming...
  23. zoobyshoe

    Man Finds $150,000 in Garden - Unbelievable Story

    More: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/man-finds-150-000-garden-225554517.html I can't imagine it's anything other than drug money, but who knows. Anyway, I want to be next in line for such a find.
  24. Andre

    What can you find at the Japanese Garden in Clingendael?

    It's on the estate of the Clingendael institute. The folder is the http://www.denhaag.nl/home/bewoners/to/Japanse-tuin.htm. This is how it looked this morning. All piX are unedited from the small jpgs, I see I have to reduce contrast during RAW processing. The only thing missing is the...
  25. D

    Is a Paraprosdokian the same thing as a Garden Path sentence?

    Was curious, they seem to be the same, but if not, what is the difference?
  26. C

    Calculus- area of a garden problem

    Homework Statement A rectangular rose garden will be surrounded by a brick wall on three sides and a fence on the fourth side. The area of the garden will be 1000m2. The cost of the brick wall is $192/m. The cost of the fencing is $48/m. Find the dimensions of the garden so that the cost is a...
  27. F

    Bernoulli appliance to garden hose

    I know the topic has been dealt in the past, I read it but still couldn't extrapolate a satisfying answer. I would like to know how Berboulli equation applies to a hose without restrictions in which fluid (water) exits at atmospheric pressure, the typical garden situation without any nozzle. I...
  28. I

    How Long Would It Take San Chai to Catch Dao Ming Xi in Meteor Garden?

    Meteor Garden Problem :( Homework Statement Hi Guys.. I am really having a trouble in physics.. :( I really can' t solve uniform accelerated motion problems correctly. Can someone help me? please.. Our teacher gave this Meteor Problem. Help Please. An unforgettable scene from “Meteor...
  29. V

    Garden cart being pushed over a bump

    Homework Statement A garden cart loaded with firewood is being pushed horizontally when it encounters a step 8cm high. The mass of the cart and the load is 55kg, and the cart is balanced so that its centre of mass is directly over the axle. The wheel diameter is 60cm. What is the minimum...
  30. A

    What is the solution to the garden cart torque problem?

    Homework Statement A garden cart loaded with firewood is being pushed horizontally when it encounters a step 8.0 cm high, as shown in the figure. The mass of the cart and its load is 56 kg, and the cart is balanced so that its center of mass is directly over the axle. The wheel diameter is 60...
  31. Astronuc

    Creating a Water Garden: Tips & Ideas

    There's already a thread on conventional (terrestrial/earthen) gardens, so I thought I'd start on water gardens. I was visiting a local nursery last week, and they have a really water garden set up (about 2 m x 3-4 m) in the shape of an irregular oval. Anyway, some members have posted...
  32. M

    What is the solution to the diagonal garden path problem?

    I found this problem in Erwin Brecher's "Journey through Puzzleland" and I find it baffling. There is a garden 55 yards by 40 yards. There is a diagonal path through the garden 1 yard wide. How long is the path? Notice that it is not quite a 40-55-11-root-185 diagonal because ALTERNATE "corners"...
  33. wolram

    Burst Pipe Causes Unexpected Adventure in My Garden

    Yes i came home one morning to find water pouring down my drive, strange as it may seem the burst water pipe is nothing to do with my cottage it supplies several houses at the back of my property, any how i went out this afternoon to find two bloody great holes in my garden. In one i could just...
  34. wolram

    Gardening: Overcoming Challenges & Growing Success

    Yes they have pinched my garden, i did not want it any way, but it is a bit off just coming along and digging it up without a word, my garden is over the road from my cott, and is half a plot of land, and next door have just dug the lot up and planted it, i should offer to help weed it then...
  35. W

    Gauge Pressure of garden hose

    [SOLVED] Gauge Pressure A garden hose is attached to a water faucet on one end and a spray nozzle on the other end. The water faucet is turned on, but the nozzle is turned off so that no water flows through the hose. The hose lies horizontally on the ground, and a stream of water sprays...
  36. F

    Inflating wading pool with garden hose

    Do I use Bernoulli's equation for this problem? If so, how do I go about plugging in the values?
  37. wolram

    Creating a Garden Around Your Cottage: Evergreen Plant Suggestions

    I have several around my. cott, i need some suggestions as to what plants to put in them, some thing evergreen that flowers maybe
  38. wolram

    Herb Garden: Can I Beat the Odds and Succeed?

    I am the worlds worst gardener , plants seem to die when in my care, the thing is i like fresh herbs, so i am thinking, if i start a herb garden in a large tub with the best growing medium, and follow a strict watering regimen, i can not fail, right ? or not. :smile:
  39. O

    Find the Ideal Width for a Rectangular Vegetable Garden

    Hi again! :smile: A gardener has a rectangular vegetable garden which is 30m long and 12m wide. He traces to alleys x meters wide, similar to this: _____________________ |________| x |________| x___________ _________ |________| x |________| Determine, with x, the area occupied by...
  40. P

    Solving Physics Problem with Garden Hose

    Hello. I've been fustrated all day because I couldn't figure this problem out. I know, it may be simple, but trust me, I almost ripped my hair out trying to solve this problem. I would have been able to figure this problem out last year in basic physics, but I have forgotten 75% of physics I...
  41. K

    The Meat Garden: A New Way of Growing Meat

    http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003067.html http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/ten.2005.11.659 --PDF-- mnn ill take a slab off the ol' meat blob
  42. Astronuc

    What Are Some Tips for Successful Gardening?

    I don't know how many PFer's garden, but I have done gardening ever since I could walk. My father and my maternal grandfather both gardened. I helped my dad in the garden, mostly planting, watering and weeding (and harvesting) at first. When I was old enough to handle a shovel, I would help...
  43. wolram

    Creating a Safe Chemical Garden for an 8-Year-Old

    hi. many years ago my father made a chemical garden I am sure it was grown on coal, can anyone sugest non lethal chemicals to use, it will be for my godson 8yrs old hopefully yours.