5 Gardening Secrets That Will Save You Time
If gardening is one of your passions, you’re probably more than happy to spend the whole day outside with your plants. But there’s only so many hours in the day. And there is so much stuff that you have to do outside of the actual gardening itself.
All of the maintenance and the cleaning and that sort of stuff is necessary but it’s not fun. Especially when you’d rather be actually working on the plants themselves. If you cut down how much time you have to spend doing all of this extra stuff, you’ll be free to do the stuff that you actually enjoy about gardening.
Here’s five secrets to save some time while you’re gardening.
1. Companion Plants
A big problem that every gardener has dealt with at some point, is an invasion of pests that take a massive toll on your plants. These could be anything from mites, ants, grasshoppers, snails and slugs or a few others, and if they become a problem for you that’s just something else you have to deal with.
It could potentially undo a lot of your good work and it will be a problem that you have to then dedicate some valuable time to fixing.
Companion planting is a good way to prevent this from happening. There are many herbs and plants that act as a very effective insect repellent. Some of these will also help to stimulate the growth of the plants you have in your garden and will enrich soil.
You will have to take care of some extra plants, but in the long run this does save time because you won’t be cleaning up the mess caused by pests.
2. Smart Mulching
There’s lot of benefits to mulching. It will insulate the soil to ensure that your roots are protected from excessive heat or excessive cold. It will also help the soil to retain moisture, so even when it’s dry the roots will be getting a good source of water. It’s also effective in keeping weeds at bay. But mulching is also a pretty arduous and time-consuming task if you have to do it repeatedly.
And that’s the way it is with mulching most of the time. You can however, go about it in a more intelligent way. You can buy yourself a large amount of Winter mulch that you can then spread all over your garden at the beginning of Spring. This will hold your over for the rest of the season and you will only have to do it once. It will be expensive, and initially it will be a big time-consumer.
But again, you only have to do it once. And since it will be before the actual gardening season begins, it won’t take any time away from tending your plants.
3. Five-in-One Gardening Tool
I think if there’s one thing that every gardener can agree on, it’s that we all hate having to clean our tools. But it’s unfortunately a necessity. You’re working with the earth, of course your tools won’t stay clean for very long.
No one looks forward to this part of the day, but there is actually some ways that you can minimize the amount of cleaning that you have to do.
Combining your tools is one of the most effective methods. You can undertake a fairly simple project that will result in a single tool that can do five things. This will be a rake, a hoe, a furrow maker, a stake driver and a hole maker all in the one compact tool. With this, you’ll have four less tools to clean and four less tools to put away once you’re done gardening for the day.
4. Automatic Watering System
Watering plants isn’t something that everyone hates, in fact for a lot of people this is a very therapeutic, relaxing experience. But those people generally aren’t dedicated gardeners. Gardeners tend to be too busy with other tasks to want to dedicate any time to watering.
That’s why the development of automatic watering systems has become popular in the last several years. There’s a few different ways that you can do this, but no matter what it will always involve a little bit of construction work.
You can build one using a plastic bag that will be filled with water and has a thread running down to the soil, or you could even just repurpose some old wine or soda bottles. Like the mulching, this will take a little bit of time at first, but will save you loads more time in the long run.
5. Low-Maintenance Plants
For some people, it’s the gardening itself that’s the enjoyable part, and not the actual results of all of the hard work. If this is you, then there’s no need for you to spend all of your time on these plants that take an awful lot of work.
Things like ivy, sunflowers, lavender and heather are all plants that you can grow with minimal effort. They might often be referred to as the lazy gardeners plants, but who cares? Gardening is hard work, and that’s fine for some people, but your hobby doesn’t necessarily have to be hard work. If you do this, how much time you spend gardening is entirely in your control. So do some research and see what’s right for you.
Check out alternative methods, things like organic gardening, and see if you can decide on which one would be a suitable amount of commitment for your desires. Just remember that it doesn’t matter how your garden looks to other gardeners, as long as you get what you want out of the process.
So cut down time by going for the low-maintenance route if you want to.
Unless you’re a professional gardener, it should be all about the experience for you. And so the time you spend gardening should be spent experiencing. Don’t waste your hobby with the boring stuff, cut down all of those dull time-consumers and focus on the plants.