The Lazy Gardener: 22 Time & Effort Saving Gardening Tips

The Lazy Gardener: 22 Time & Effort Saving Gardening Tips
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It’s less about being lazy and more about being smart

Being a ‘Lazy Gardener’ means successfully creating a fuss-free garden that’s both healthy and productive. You can achieve this by setting your garden up to provide a fertile habitat for crops and beneficial wildlife while minimizing effort. The below list of 22 time-saving gardening tips will help you on your way to becoming an efficient green thumb.

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save time, effort, and money in the garden



Probably the number one most dreaded task in the garden. It’s said to do it little and often but what if you don’t have time to weed for 30 minutes every day?


1. Use black plastic and carpets to organically kill weeds

2. Weed the easy way! 15 Natural Weed Killer recipes – Holistic Help

3. Reduce weeding by planting in double rows – Sow and Dipity

4. Don’t plant in rows at all. Sow your seeds thickly in beds that are wide and long – Keeper of the Home

5. Use the False Seed Bed technique to eliminate weeds early in the season – Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada

6. Let Nature into your garden by sowing a low-maintenance Wildflower Meadow. It acts as a ground cover and lures beneficial insects into your garden

7. Grow a wildlife flower garden without having to re-plant seeds or plants every year. These 10 Perennial flowers that attract bees and pollinators need only be planted once to grow for years.

8. Create low maintenance paths between your garden beds

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save you time, effort, and money in the garden. Pictured here: put potted plants in a kiddie pool filled with water while you're on vacation.


Modern fruits and vegetables are for the most part the real Primadonnas of the plant world. They need a lot of nutrients and water to grow well but this could be an issue if you live in an area with reduced rainfall, hose pipe bans, or just very little time to think about watering.

9. Plant drought resistant varieties. Here’s a list of vegetables that don’t need as much water

10. Mulch your plants several inches deep with organic material to suppress weeds – Grow a Good Life

11. Build an inexpensive Drip Irrigation system using hose pipes and an automatic timer – The Family Handyman

12. Use a kiddie pool for vacation watering: setting pots inside a small pool filled with water can keep your plants hydrated for up to a week! – the Oregon Cottage

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save you time, effort, and money in the garden. Pictured here: how to create a No-Dig bed for growing vegetables

Reduce Digging

After weeding, digging is the task that most people would probably like to avoid. It’s back breaking work and after reading some of these links you might actually question whether you need to dig at all!

13. No-Till Method: layer cardboard on soil to kill weeds and create a dig-free garden bed. – Our Fairfield Home & Garden

14. Plant inside Hay bales – no soil required! Learn how to condition and plant up a hay bale garden – Bonnie Plants

15. Use the power of worms, bacteria, and fungi to till your garden! Sheet Composting involves laying 5-15cm of organic material on the ground and letting nature do its work – Deep Green Permaculture

Do you live in a mild and wet climate and have noticed a lack of Earthworms in your garden? It might be that you have New Zealand Flatworm which could spell trouble for wanting to try no-dig methods

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save you time, effort, and money in the garden.

More plants, less work

Sowing seed, tending baby plants, and caring for maturing crops can be a lot of work. Reduce your work load with some of these ideas:

16. Try growing low maintenance vegetables and fruit bushes

17. Self-seeding veggies. Plant once and these vegetables can come up year after year without having to re-sow – Mother Earth News

18. Grow Perennials! These 7 veggies and fruits only need one planting then they come up again faithfully every year

19. Don’t grow fussy plants: choose varieties that are easy to take care of (plus some other great tips) – North Coast Gardening

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save you time, effort, and money in the garden. Pictured here: Grow your edible garden in zones around your home.

Being Lazy is about enjoying life and your garden

For many people, gardening is about enjoyment and a passion for growing green things. Being a ‘Lazy Gardener’ is about reducing your work load so that you can putt your feet up, create outdoor artwork, and just enjoying your time in the garden.

20. Grow your edible garden in Zones – herbs near the house where they’re easy to pick, greens a little further away but still at hand, and crops that require less tending and harvesting further away.

21. Instead of drudgery, what would you rather be doing in the garden? Here’s the only Summer Garden check-list you’ll need – The Empress of Dirt

22. Add some interesting artwork to your garden to fill spaces and detract from any weedy areas – Brown Green & More

23. Build a Scarecrow. They’re fun and also help deter birds from making off with your garden produce – Our Fairfield Home & Garden

How to be a Lazy Gardener: 22 Tips to save time, effort, and money in the garden

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8 Discussion to this post

  1. Rhys Jaggar says:

    The best time saver I found was combining no dig mulching with two rounds of hoeing and raking in early spring to kill off the annual weeds in the new mulch. Then I use a great little tool called a Nunki Weeder which is small enough to use between rows of vegetables through spring, summer and early autumn: I do no more than 30 minutes weeding/surface hoeing a week and there are very few summer weeds as a result.

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  4. beth says:

    Hi Tanya – you seem to speak directly to me with each article I read! I started reading your posts about soapmaking which I absolutely adore and now I’m ready to become a lazy gardener. I’m entralled with your posts! Thank you

    • lovelygreens says:

      I’m ready to become a lazy gardener too! Tomorrow (if the weather permits) I’ll be spending a day slogging at my allotment garden. Hopefully with enough work put into it early in the year, I’ll be able to manage it with less time later. Really nice to hear from you Beth and hope you enjoy the rest of my posts too 🙂

  5. Andrea Randall says:

    Lovely, informative and thought provoking read. Thank you for a very interesting read.

  6. Heather says:

    I Hhave long been a fan of straw bale gardening – especially for veg because I haven’t got the time to be prepping the traditional veg plot and keep weeding over and over again. Great for growing garlics – my favourite.

    Nice blog you have – very useful information in this post – thank you

    • lovelygreens says:

      Straw bale gardening is very new to me – it really just came up on my radar earlier this year and I’ve yet to try it out. It seems like an excellent solution for people growing in areas where access to open land isn’t readily available – patios, urban areas, etc.

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