Keeping gardening simple, not only makes it easier in the best of times, but could make all the difference in your chances for survival in hard times. I’ll go over many of the benefits of using my suggestions for doing that in this post.
Those who have a more complicated way of gardening may want to keep these benefits in mind just in case gardening becomes a matter of survival.
Survey reports 16-24 million new gardeners in 2020 and 2021
With all the gardening “methods” that are promoted online, I would imagine it was overwhelming for many beginning gardeners.
Many who chose what looked like an easy way to start may have found out that it was not what they’d hoped for.
How Do I Know?
I know because in my first 10 years of gardening I tried just about every organic method of gardening. In addition to my regular garden, I’d start a small section each year using a “new” method.
Why Did I Do That?
It was important to prove to myself that I was gardening — not only the easiest way – but the way that would give me the best results with minimal costs, time, and no watering (since I have no means to water).
At the end of my 4th decade of gardening, a broken leg and being out of commission for almost a year, proved to me even more that my way of gardening is about as close to no work gardening as one can get.
More Rare Benefits of Using the 3 Keys
_My 3 keys to success allow you to put your garden on hold if you can’t work it for a period of time. If you’ve prepared it as I suggest and have removed all perennial weeds, you can cover with a thick mulch to keep your garden until you can get to it.
_You can even use your spring weeds to maintain your garden. Details of that technique were explained in various emails to TMG subscribers when I was using it in 2019 while recovering from being “down and out” for so long.
_ And it’s so easy you don’t need power tools. So if the grid goes or if you can’t get fuel, you can still garden.
At almost 80 years of age, slow as molasses, and walking with a crutch, I still keep my 2,500 square foot garden with a few simple hand tools as I’ve done for 42 years.
By following my suggestions for keeping gardening simple, you’ll find
- costs are minimal,
- weeding can be kept to about 10 minutes every day or so
- and raising food won’t be as time consuming as you may think.
Two Things to Consider BEFORE Choosing What You’ll Plant and How Much
These are two things that will go a long way towards saving you a lot of time and keeping gardening simple.
#1 – Be Realistic About What You Can “Tend”
I know from experience exactly what I’ll be able to “tend to” when it comes to growing food. Thus, I don’t plant more than I can handle OR more than I can use.
If you’re new to gardening and get into a situation where you find that inexperience has caused you to take on too much you can still benefit from those extra crops. Here’s how:
By pulling up what you can’t handle and piling on a bed your soil will benefit as it decays. Nothing will be wasted. Cover with straw or leaves and when it’s finished decaying you can leave it on that bed or spread it on your other beds. (You can also do this with any excess you may have that can’t be preserved.)
#2 – Consider What Benefit Each Crop Offers You and Your family
- Nutritional Value
- Storage potential (with and without power if the grid were to go down)
- Ease of harvest
- What other crops will come in at the same time adding to each day’s harvest time
- It’s a family favorite
Final Thought – Stay Tuned
In the next post I’ll list various crops I grow, tell you why I grow them, and give other miscellaneous pieces of information that might help you in your garden.
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