Posted By: Michelle Kuehler /
There are so many reasons and ways to enjoy gardening; for fresh produce, beauty, exercise, relaxation or just as a pleasant pastime. Lazy gardening isn’t just for the lazy; it can be called efficient gardening or effortless gardening as well. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the time needed to nurture a garden to perfection and some of us don’t have the physical capacity to tend to a garden. Lazy gardening is about making strategic choices for your garden to get the most from your efforts.
Start with Healthy Soil
Nurturing your soil to health can be a hefty task, but it will save you plenty of time in the long run. Healthy soil is the canvas for healthy plants and healthy plants contract less disease, pests and require less water. Don’t destroy healthy bacteria with synthetic fertilizers. Instead, use compost and an organic time-release fertilizer like Nature’s Balance 231.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!
Mulch is a key ingredient in lazy gardening. Mulch is an easy way to make your garden look gorgeous, keeps the soil and roots cool, retains moisture, feeds the soil and keeps weeds from being able to sprout. Mulching lets you water less often, weed less often, fertilize less often and enjoy your garden more often.
Spend a Little Extra Time Planning
Plop down in a comfy chair and map out your garden. Think about which areas of your garden are sunniest, shadiest and closest to a watering source. Place plants according to their needs. Does one plant require plenty of water, while another requires some extra sun? If you don’t like the idea of dragging a hose around, you might also want to consider adding a drip irrigation system with a timer. You can also run a liquid fertilizer like Grower's Secret 521, an organic fish emulsion fertilizer, through your irrigation system, making fertilizing a cinch. Also, consolidate plants that require the most pruning or harvesting and place beneficial plants next to each other to reduce the threat of pests, which would require a lot more work.
Container gardens are perfect for those with a small amount of gardening space or for those without the energy or physical capacity to dig. Container gardens also require a smaller amount of time to prepare. You can use just about anything as a container, as long as you can give your plants a good amount of space and drainage. Just about any herb will thrive in a container; as well as many different vegetables, flowers and shrubs. The biggest task is watering as plants in containers can dry out quickly.
Raised Bed Gardens
Raised bed gardens are easy to make out of a few planks of wood and nails, but you can buy kits, as well. Raised bed gardens provide easier access and weed control, eliminating the bending and squatting required in traditional gardens that can cause pain.
Hardworking Plants for Lazy Gardening
Grow plants that are native to your region. They are adapted to the environment and will require less work to keep healthy. Other easy plants include hasta, daylilies, lamb’s ears, Black-eyed Susan, Yarrow, basil, chives, tomatoes, carrots and lettuce; among many others.
Gardening doesn’t have to take a lot of time and work, just some good planning and a good canvas for plants to grow. With just the tiniest bit of work you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, without any labor.