Couples Gardening - Creative Ideas For Gardening Together

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If you haven’t tried gardening with your partner, you may find that couples gardening offers a host of benefits for you both. Gardening together is good exercise that improves physical and mental health and wellbeing, while promoting a shared sense of accomplishment. 

Not sure how to get started? Read on for tips on gardening together.

Gardening As A Couple: Plan Ahead

Gardening requires careful planning, and gardening together adds a whole new dimension of things to think about. Don’t jump into couples gardening without talking it over first. 

It’s great if you discover you have a shared vision, but often, each person has their own ideas about purpose, style, colors, size, or complexity. 

One person may envision a formal or modern garden, while the other half dreams of an old-fashioned cottage garden or a prairie filled with pollinator-friendly native plants

You may think a perfect garden is filled with masses of flowers, while your partner loves the idea of growing fresh, healthy produce.

Maybe gardening with your partner will work better if you each have your own space. You can grow your rose garden while your partner turns out beautiful, juicy tomatoes. 

If you’re new to gardening, consider learning together. University Extension Offices are a good source of information, but you can also check with your local community college, library, or gardening club. 

Couples Gardening: Separate But Together

Gardening together doesn’t mean you have to work side by side. You may have very different energy levels, or you may prefer to garden at your own pace. Maybe you like digging and edging while your other half enjoys trimming or mowing. Learn to work to your strengths.

Couples gardening should be relaxing and rewarding. Be sure tasks are divided so nobody feels like they’re doing more than their fair share. Beware of judgment and competitiveness, and don’t be tempted to criticize. Gardening with your partner should be fun.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.