5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners

Blossom Lady
Apr 05, 2021 03:25 AM
5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners

Successful gardening is about being smart with your time and energy. If you’ve never gardened before, you might feel both excited and overwhelmed. You have probably browsed through plant books, spent hours gazing at yummy seed catalogs and roamed the aisles of all your favorite local nurseries salivating over all those pretty plants. You imagine a gorgeous garden where you can entertain your friends and family. But where do you begin? You know it can be a lot of work, and you wonder how to make gardening easier than everyone says it is. What are the best time saving tips for gardeners? Use these ways to grow an abundant garden while reducing time spent watering, weeding and digging. Read on to learn more.

More often than not, we waste time weeding, digging, and basically doing back-breaking work. What I’ve found is that being a lazy gardener is more about being smart and knowing tricks to create a fuss-free garden. One that’s both healthy and productive and that you can put your feet up sometimes and just enjoy. It’s achievable, but you need to set up your garden and work it in the right way. The below list of simple time-saving gardening tips will help you on your way to becoming a more efficient green thumb.

Tip 1. Keep your favorite plants closer

5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners
If you use herbs and salad greens in your everyday meals, it makes the most sense to grow these crops closer to your house—even your kitchen, if you have the space inside or just outside your door. Not only do you save time by not trekking out to your garden every time you need a few sprigs or a handful of leaves, you eat more of them (always a good thing, right?) by having these plants within easy reach. Keeping your most frequently-used herbs in containers also means you can overwinter them indoors and keep them going year-round, rather than re-planting in spring or going without in winter.

Tip 2. Keep your tools close to your garden

5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners
Make sure your tools are easy to access and stored together. Build or buy an attractive tool shed or tool storage area so you don’t have waste time going back and forth between tools and plants.

Tip 3. Weed wisely

5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners
Weed when the soil is moist. For tiny little weeds that form mats, you can lift large patches with a transfer shovel and turn them upside down on end. Catch those weeds when they are small so you have to do less hauling.

Tip 4. Plant perennial crops

5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners
Though most of the vegetables we love to eat are annuals (or treated as annuals), adding a few perennial crops to your garden means you’ll have access to more food with little to no effort, since they’ll come back every spring. Some outstanding perennials you can try include asparagus, rhubarb, artichokes, cardoon, tree kale (also known as tree collards or tree cabbage), radicchio, fennel, Egyptian onions (walking onions), sweet potatoes, malabar spinach, and a certain variety of broccoli called Nine Star perennial broccoli. You can also grow perennial herbs like African Blue basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, mint, lemon verbena, lovage, ginger, lemongrass, and horseradish. If you have the space, add a few berries like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, and currants too.

Tip 5. Plant winter-proof containers

5 Time Saving Solutions For Gardeners
One of the most backbreaking jobs in lots of gardens is lugging countless containers up the basement stairs in spring and back down in fall. If the winter is cold in your area, add to your collection some pots made out of concrete and good-quality fiberglass (pictured), both of which boast all-season sturdiness. Keeping containers on patio also provides a place to add winter interest with some evergreen boughs and berries.
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May 16, 2023 06:33 PM

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