10 Time Saving Tips For Your Inner Lazy Gardener
Have you ever wanted to start gardening by just can’t seem to find the time? Most of us experience the same problem. In between work, kids, making dinner, kid’s sports, and the long laundry list of weekly chores, there isn’t a lot of free time. True gardeners have a passion for growing plants. Unfortunately, life has become so busy it’s hard to find the extra time to garden. We have some time saving techniques that will help you find the time to tend to your garden.
Planting bulbs is a great way to save time. If you choose Perennial bulbs, they will come back year after year. Unfortunately, planting bulbs takes a lot of work digging. We have a time saving hack for this problem. Instead of digging by hand, use an Auger drill bit.
Here is how it works:
- If you already have a power drill, you just need to purchase an Auger drill bit.
- You can then use the drill to dig all of the holes needed to plant your bulbs.
- Once the hole is dug, drop in your bulb. You can then cover the bulb with the dirt that was drilled up using the Auger bit.
This drill bit can save you hours upon hours when you are planting bulbs. You can find a wide range of these different bits from Walmart.
To save time gardening, perennials are the way to go. Although annuals are beautiful, you have to replant them year after year. After you plant perennials once, you are done. They will come back year after year like clockwork.
Here are some of the best perennials to plant in Florida:
- Black and Blue Salvia: These eye catching blue and black flowers are perfect for the extreme Florida heat. They also attract hummingbirds. They bloom in late spring and continue into the hot summer months.
- Purple Coneflower: This Florida native flower blooms from fall through summer. It’s purple, daisy like flowers attract a ton of butterflies.
- Daylilies: Daylililies are one of the most popular perennials in Florida. This may be because there is so many varieties in these plants. They are drought tolerant plants that or normally very reasonably priced.
For a more extensive list of all of the perennials that do well in the Florida heat, read the University of Florida guide.
Many of us gardeners have heard that you absolutely have to till land before you start your planting. As you can imagine, this can take hours and includes renting expensive tools. Recently, there have been many studies that indict that tilling actually does damage to your soil.
Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t till before you plant your garden:
- Erosion: Tilling the soil loosens it from the ground. Erosion of this tilled soil can be a major problem. Because of the periods of heavy rain in Florida, this soil can easily wash away.
- Drying: Tilling soil can actually dry out the soil. This is especially true in the hot Florida sun.
- Weeds: The common myth about tilling is that it helps kill weeds. Nothing is further from the truth. Weeds love growing in soil that is disturbed. Also, it can disrupt dormant seeds from weeds that will encourage new growth.
For more information about why you shouldn’t be wasting your time tilling your soil, read this post from One Green Planet.
Another tasks that takes tons of time in your garden is watering. The more plants you have, the more time it takes. Watering your garden is especially important during the hot Florida summers. Fortunately, there are a lot of automatic watering systems that are easy and cheap.
Here are some of the top systems:
- Soaker Hose: For those that aren’t familiar, a soaker house is a devise that lets water automatically drip out from a rubber hose. If you set yours up to a timer, it is a great way to water your garden without any hands on time. For more information on soaker hoses, click here.
- Self Watering Stakes: Self watering stakes work by taking a water source and slowly letting it drip into your plants. These work best for your indoor and outdoor potted plants. They will ensure your plant doesn’t get too wet and develop a common fungus. Amazon has a wide range of these you can purchase.
- Self Watering PVC Planters: If you have a little more money in your budget for your garden, you can actually buy self watering PVC planters. They are guaranteed to prevent root rot, and will do the watering for you. They have a lot of different pricing options and sizes. You can purchase these planters from flowerwindowboxes.com.
One of the most time consuming tasks when gardening is wedding. Weeds can spring up so quickly and choke out your plants. You can’t use weed killer and risk doing damage to your garden. Instead, a great option is mulching your garden.
Here is how it works:
- Pre-weeding: Start this process by doing a bit of pre-wedding. Manually remove any weeds that are growing around your plants. It’s best to do this right after you do your planting.
- Layers: to really discourage weeds, you will need to put a 4 to 6 inch layer of mulch over the soil. You can use different items as mulch such as: straw, wood chips, commercial mulch or pine needles.
- Space: You want to leave a bit of space around your plants when you mulch. Once mulch gets wet, it can promote rot if it is placed against the stems of your plants.
For a guide of the best types of mulch to use for your garden, read this guide from Good Housekeeping.
Low Maintenance Vegetables
If you want to plant vegetables in your garden, it’s best to choose from the low maintenance types. Not only do they look great, but your family can save some money at the grocery store by growing your own vegetables. The great thing about these is that if you plan well, you can have vegetables year round. You can grow both cold season crops and warm season crops. Because Florida doesn’t ever get really cold, you don’t have to worry as much about frost damaging your plants.
Here’s some of the top easy vegetables:
- Cherry Tomatoes: Because of their small size, cherry tomatoes are easier to grow than large tomatoes that are prone to funguses. They flourish in full sun. You can buy easy starter kits from any nursery. When you transplant them into your garden, use steaks to encourage the vines to hang.
- Garlic: There is nothing easier to grow than garlic. If your family use a lot of garlic when you are cooking, why not grow your own? All you need to do is dig a hole and drop in a garlic clove. Cover and wait until the next summer to see the fruit of your labor. There isn’t any plant as low maintenance as garlic.
- Peppers: Peppers are another easy editable plant. You can start buy planting the seeds inside in pots. Once they have started to outgrow the pots, you can transfer them to your garden. Be sure to plant them 18 inches apart and water them twice a week. Also, if you decide to grow hot peppers, you never have to worry about bugs or pests.
There are even more low maintenance vegetables your can grow than these three. Read on for a bigger list.
Another great way to cut out your wedding time is to plant ground cover. Ground cover not only looks great it will also prevent you from having to pull stray weeds. You may have to do some watering for these plants, or if you have set up the automatic watering systems listed above, they are no extra work.
Here are some of the plants that work best for ground cover in Florida:
- Sweet Potato Vine: This plant is also known as a Railroad vine. It’s fast growing and also drought tolerant. It does well in full sun and also has a variety of flowers.
- Twin Flower: This Florida native plant has lavender year round flowers. It also has a high drought tolerance and loves well drained soil.
- Creeping Juniper: Juniper is a plant known for its very ornamental leaves. It’s high drought tolerance makes it perfect for growing in Florida. It grows best in full sun and in well drained soil.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for ground cover. For a long list with specifics for each type of plant, check out this guide from the University of Florida.
Another type of edible garden is an herb garden. If you cook most of your meals at home, you know how expensive buying fresh herbs can be. Why not try growing them right at home? They are very easy to grow and take very little work. You can grow your herbs indoor or outdoor depending on the type you are interested in growing.
Here are some of the types of herbs that are perfect for growing in Florida:
- Rosemary: Rosemary is great because it is a perennial. It does really well in the Florida heat and sun. They only thing to be careful of is that you have well drained soil. Don’t plant rosemary in an area of your yard in which rainwater collects.
- Sage: Sage in another herb that does really well in the sun because it originated in the Mediterranean. It also does well in sandy soil, which makes it a great choice for growing in Florida.
- Oregano: Oregano is another herb that grows really well in full sun. Also, it’s a great herb to cook with. It grows well with other herbs in your garden because it grows lower to the ground than other plants.
For more details about herb growing and even more options to grow, you can read more at Den Garden.
Instead of throwing away your daily coffee grounds, you can actually save them to use in your garden. Coffee Grounds are a great natural fertilizer for your plants. They contain caffeine that encourages your plants to grow. Also, coffee grounds contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. These nutrients are all essential in having a healthy garden.
Here is how to use those grounds in your garden:
- Sprinkle a thin layer of coffee grounds onto your soil. You want to make sure it is a thin layer. These will dissolve into the soil over time.
- If you have plants that have been prone to pests. Most pests in your garden don’t like coffee, so it acts as a natural bug repellant.
- If you make your own compost for your garden, you can just mix the coffee grounds into it. It will give your garden a more even distribution of the grounds.
For more benefits of using coffee grounds in your garden, you can read this well researched article by Grow Veg.
Adding epson salt in your garden can create some great results. It’s been used for hundred of years as a natural fertilizer. Also, it’s so much cheaper than buying expensive fertilizers from your garden center. It can make your vegetables taste sweeter when you are harvesting them. It also helps your flowers by making them more hardy and making their blooms more vibrant.
Here are some of the benefits of using epsom salt in your garden:
- The salts help speed up your plant growth.
- They increase the nutrient uptake in your plants.
- It’s a great natural pest repellant.
- Epson salts increase the flavor of your fruit and vegetables.
- Output of all your plants will increase.
- It generally helps your overall plant health.
This is just a short list of all of the benefits of epson salt in your garden. For a more extensive list with all of the benefits, read the guide from bestplants.com.