Sankofa Garden Homes: The many benefits of living in the garden

CLARENCE GLOVER | 10/17/2018, 9:18 p.m.
This month I will focus on another theme that does not have direct relationship to planting or harvesting in our ...
Professor Freedom enjoys a relaxing moment in his Sankofa Garden Home Patio in his front yard. Collard greens and marigold flowers are in the foreground. Albert Williams

I would suggest that you begin with something as simple as a chair on the porch or placing a table and chairs near your barbecue grill. Place a chair and table under a tree or buy a table with chairs and an umbrella and put them in a peaceful environment.

You can add potted plants – both flowers and vegetables – while gradually working your way up to above ground gardens.

To compliment your outdoor living space, you can add chimes, windmills, yard art, bird baths, candles and incense.

Playing jazz music on your phone or a system can add to a relaxing atmosphere while you read, enjoy your favorite meal, have a drink or entertain families and friends. Don’t forget repellent for mosquitoes and bugs.

In b.b.begonia, a designer outdoor rug catalog, 4 of their 6 tips for outdoor living spaces gives more support to the reasons we should have a living space outdoors:

  1. Brings your family and loved ones together: An outdoor living area can be a single common area where your loved ones can gather to enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars and a place where one can tell stories endlessly like at a camp. Everyone will want to just hang out.

  2. Enables you to extend your home and entertain guests: Being an extension of your home, your outdoor living area can be utilized to ease up the traffic inside your home, especially during birthday parties or usual Friday hangouts with friends.

  3. Increases the value of your property: Unlike other home improvement projects, well-designed outdoor living areas increase the value of your property significantly.

  4. Helps you save money: Creating an inviting, enjoyable outdoor environment at home will surely save you money from pricy vacation trips.

Being the most valuable investment you will make, living in and out of your home makes good investment sense, while also making your life and your family healthier.

Make sure you take the time to think through your outdoor living space. You may even want to draw out your space before creating it. Taking a picture of the space will help you select items when you begin to shop for your outdoor living space.

Don’t think that you have to buy everything new or at one time. You may be surprised at the things you already have that you can repurpose and use.

Shopping at flea markets, and even picking up items others have thrown away, can make an excellent contribution to your outdoor living space. I know – I’ve done it many times!

Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

I wish you the best as you begin the journey of “living in the garden.” In a real sense, the garden is our first home. We’ve only strayed away from it.

Now it’s time to come home! Welcome home!

Sankofa Education Services is provided by Clarence Glover, known as Professor Freedom, for the purpose of “Taking the chains off our brains so our minds can work.” He can be reached at clarencegloverjr@aol.com.