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4 Methods of Easy Gardening

Our easy gardening methods as compared to the old fashion gardening the way your grandparents did it with a hoe, a shovel and a prayer. Old-fashioned gardening required lots of room, work and attention. Times have changed dramatically with today’s four methods for easy gardening.

  • Lasagna Gardening

In spite of it’s name, lasagna garden has nothing to do with an Italian dinner.  It is a method of easy gardening that turns your kitchen waste, leaves, grass clippings and old newspapers into rich, healthy compost without a lot of work. When the leaves start falling, gather them up and layer them over your Spring garden site. Add vegetable peelings, grass clippings, coffee grounds and a few inches of sawdust and/or newspapers. Cover the bed with cardboard, then a large piece of plastic and watch it as it shrinks down into compost.

The downside is this method of creating a rich compost right on your gardening spot, is it might take more than one season to convert your scraps into compost, which can be a negative point if you are in a hurry.  Adding a few Earthworms will speed up the process.

  • Square Foot Gardening

Easy gardening the Square Foot method, can make a great difference in your gardening activities because it does not require a lot of tools to toil the soil. Because you garden in one square foot at a time, you don’t have as many weed problems and the ground doesn’t get compacted easily. Careful soil mixtures will increase the water-holding abilities of the squares while decreasing the need for additional water. Plant diseases do not spread as easily in square foot gardens, either.

  • No Dig Method

 

4 Easy Gardening Methods

No-dig methods allows nature to carry out your cultivating operations. Placing different organic matters, such as well rotted manure, compost, leaf mold, spent mushroom compost, old straw, etc., directly onto the soil surface as a mulch at least 2–6 inches deep, which is then given to the actions of worms, insects and microbes. Another no-dig method is sheet mulching wherein a garden area is covered with wet newspaper or cardboard, compost and topped off with mulch. No-dig gardens can be grown over a lawn, on concrete or cardboard, if there is no need for a deep root system. The problem will be keeping the snails off your young vegetation.

  • Intensive Or Raised Bed Gardening

This method is a system of raised beds that allows you to concentrate the soil in small areas, generally 4 feet by 8 feet,  creating an environment for growing vegetables. Raised beds warm up more quickly in the spring and by covering them, it will allow you to grow vegetables for a longer time frame, early spring to late fall.

Easy Gardening Tip

Pests are usually fairly crop-specific. They prefer vegetables of one type or family. Mixing families of plants helps to break up large pest-preferred crops and keeps early pest damage within a small area.

As you can see, there are more methods of easy gardening than there is of the traditional hard way. If one of these appeals to you, find out more about it and then “dig in”.

Worms, Your Garden’s Best Friend

Worms, beautiful worms, are your garden’s best friend.  You should take good care of the worms in your garden.  Don’t poison them with chemicals or allow birds to fly over and eat them.

You can do many things to your garden to enhance the soil but nothing will compare to having healthy earth worms living in it.  They airate the soil, their dropping will fertilize it, in a way, other things can not.  The soil will become better at growing what you plant, thus giving you more and better food.

Earth Worms: The hardest worker in the garden

Earth Worms: The hardest worker in the garden. 

Invite them in by feeding them your table and cooking scrapes.  I keep a container on my counter to fill with peelings or other discarded bits and pieces of food items, as I am cooking.  They can eat most anything except bones or something that has oil, fats or butter on them.

When I go to my garden [2-3 times a week] I take along this container and feed my worms.  As I garden in raised beds, I place the food along the edges and till it under with a hand tool.  Before I plant my ground cover and shut down my garden for the winter, I plan to add more food for my friends, the worms.

If you are planting a new bed, make sure you add some worms by looking under rocks or other debris, shortly after a rain.  You should have no trouble finding them but just in case you do not, find a fish and tackle store and buy live worms.  Put them into your soil as soon as possible.  One worm will produce more worms, 7 times in a year..[poor momma].  Within a few months, your garden will be a thriving worm home and your garden will be thanking you for it.