Busy and lazy people may be quite different from one another. However, there is one thing that connects them both: Time. While one is barely scrambling for it, the other consciously wastes it away.
Gardening may not exactly be in either a lazy or busy person’s priority list. However, the desire to do it doesn’t sound as discouraging as it might seem.
In fact, we’ve prepared tried and tested gardening tips for the busy and lazy. Consider this a cheat sheet to making your way towards a bountiful harvest each time.
Invest in containers
Pots and other containers are your best choice to stay in control. You have a better handle on how much soil, water, and fertilizer you will need. It also minimizes the time you have to deal with pests should they make their presence known.
Another good news is there are a lot of packaged soil mixes that are ready to be placed in pots. Just head to your nearest store and buy enough for your plants.
Compost is every busy and lazy gardener’s best friend. It does all the work in ensuring your soil is getting enough nutrients. Moreover, it’s incredibly easy to produce your own by using kitchen scraps, leaves, sticks and grass clippings.
One more trick? You don’t have to make your own compost pile. You can just transfer those scraps directly onto your bed by digging trenches around your plants and put those scraps in. It will not look as pretty but it will sure do the job.
If you don’t have a lot of time to invest in your garden, perennials are here to save you tons of time and effort. In fact, we truly believe this is a lazy or busy person’s dream come true. Perennials are a gift that keeps on giving. They come back one season after the next and become heartier overtime. This means despite the little effort you exert, your plants are still fruitful. Some examples are rhubarb, kale, artichokes, and asparagus.
Self-seeding annuals are also a great option for lazy and busy gardeners. They self-seed as long as they have a healthy soil and enough water to thrive in. Some examples are carrots, pole beans, chives, cucumbers, and peppers.
Plant what you will eat
It would be a complete waste of time if you will select plants that you have zero use for. A cardinal rule among gardeners is to plant what you will eat, or something others refer to as “planting your pantry”.
This way, you don’t only save up on groceries. You are actually eating something a lot more nutritious, and tastier. Plus, you know exactly where your food is coming from.
Let it water itself
Watering your plants is another “chore” you don’t want to add to your list. Fortunately, there are many ways of watering your plants, without actually having to be there.
First, you can create your own drip-irrigation system. Another option is to come up with a rain barrel since rainwater is a lot better than tap water. Just remember to be more mindful of these systems particularly once drought season arrives.