The Lazy Gardener: 22 Time & Effort Saving Gardening Tips
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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