Gardening without Work? How about 10 to 30 minutes a day?
My way of gardening is probably as close as you will come to gardening without work, but to be successful in any endeavor without effort (action) is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.
Making a living has always consumed a great deal of our time in life so I have had to find ways to make the most effective use of my limited time in the garden (and in the kitchen) in order that I can have good food to eat and time to prepare it. By imitating nature my risks and disappointments are kept to a minimum and I have far more triumphs than failures and there are dozensof ways to cut work to a minimum. (Given time, I will cover them all on this website.)
Growing a garden only requires desire and a commitment to take some action towards your goal —- no matter how small —- every day. It is helpful and encouraging to have someone “who’s been there” before to guide you. That is the purpose of this site.
To garden you don’t have to wade through volumes of books on how to fertilize and plant. You don’t have to subject yourself and your food to harmful poisons to prevent insects and disease. You don’t have to put in long grueling hours in the hot sun in the middle of the summer. (About the only thing I do in the hot months of summer is harvest — and that is done for about 45 minutes to an hour either very early or very late since I don’t like the heat.)
I must warn you though, there will always be someone saying it can’t be done. When I started gardening 32 years ago — almost everyone I came in contact with said —-“Oh, its not possible to garden without sprays and chemical fertilizers, etc.” I say hogwash! It is possible and I’ve been doing it for over 30 years.
I’ve sold my plants and produce to individuals locally and to organic food stores in past years. My produce was always very popular with customers. With my help the store arranged for some of them to be made aware of the date I would be coming. I always had a line of customers waiting for me so they could buy fresh — “straight from the garden” so to speak.
It is difficult at best for someone to obtain “fresh” produce from any store — even organic stores. By the time most good size growers harvest, hold, and ship to market a good amount of time has gone by. When the produce reaches the store it is again held until it can be put up and then it “sits” there waiting for customers. Then its taken home in sometimes less than ideal conditions and held again until it can be prepared. All this is reason enough in my book to have a least a small garden. There is nothing like fresh out of the garden food.
I’ll cover three things of primary importance in the next post so we can get started!
Picture: A side border in the fall.