I’m a lazy gardener. I love it, but I ain’t got time for gardening all day when the natives are restless (and want to go for rides to the op-shop in the box bike).
So, I garden lazy.
Top tips for lazy gardeners:
- Make all your gardens, no-dig gardens. It’s the laziest for of gardening, and the best!
- Plant perennials (ie. plants that don’t die after one season. My faves: rhubarb, asparagus, cape gooseberry, yacon, Jerusalem artichoke (if controlled to a contained area). Also, cane berries are easy, delicious and expensive in the shops. Best ones for homegardens include raspberries, blackberries (non-invasive varieties) and pretty much anything ending in ‘berry’. Try a cape gooseberry. Virtually unknown in Australia but our kids love them!
3. Use worm farms (they are so easy. And the kids think they are awesomely gross-tastic).
4. Spread seeds regularly (like, every weekend. It takes about 14 seconds to do): They cost $4 a packet and you get heaps of plants out of it. It’s a no-brainer people. I find its best to spread seeds in a small area (say a foot sq) then thin out (transplant) the seedlings when they are big enough to move. I learnt this method from my Italian neighbour. She plants these “nurseries” all around her garden. It works.
5. Plant fruit trees. Get dwarf ones if you haven’t got much room. There are even teeny tiny dwarf ones available. Flemings is a good nursery for these. The best book on fruit trees in Melbourne is Louis Glowinski’s “The Complete Book of Fruit Growing in Australia”. If you live in Austraila, its awesome, if you live in Melbourne, it’s the bible of backyard fruit growing .