Whenever I talk to individuals regarding gardening, invariably I’ll hear someone say “I would love to garden but I just don’t have the time.” I usually begin my schpeel regarding how it’s pretty much only the start and finish of the growing season that’s the busiest and, if done right, takes little time during the peak of the season. Regardless of your talent level or area to work with, it’s 100 percent possible to own an excellent low maintenance garden.
Of course, it depends on what you want to grow in your garden. Tomatoes, as an example, are a lot of of a high maintenance food to grow. The bottom line is if you really wanted to garden, you’d figure out a way. Just like life always manages to find a way, think dandelions in sidewalk cracks, you can garden regardless of what your schedule is or what space you have.
Through my own experiences, I have learned and grown many plants that need very low maintenance and can offer you great returns on your investment. Keep in mind that if you’re gone traveling often, you’ll need a garden arrange that’s suited and customized to you. This can be a very general list of some basic, simply identifiable foods. All of them will be planted in containers or in raised beds, depending on what you have to work with.
Whether you want to garden to assist ease the food bill over winter or just to own some fresh food without delay available, there are various vegetables that can be grown incontainers and even on a tight budget! If all you have to work with is a little apartment ‘balcony,’ you’ll still do this! The list below gives you an idea of things that are very simple to plant and then just water as needed till it’s time to harvest. Getting sprouts from a local farmer or nursery may be a way to vastly increase your possibilities, and cut down time needed, of success for your new low maintenance food garden.
If you’re growing root vegetables, ensure your containers or raised beds will be deep enough. If that is not possible, there are typically some kinds of veggies that aren’t so deep like Danver half Long carrots. I have in person grown that selection for three years now and while they don’t get long, the carrots ar fat! If you finish up with lots of extra, you can always quickly pickle them up and won’t need any special equipment to do it. Don’t know how to pickle? It’s unbelievably simple and you can learn in a single afternoon!
The list above is a short peek at various things that are very simple to plant and forget about, other than watering. You’ll need to check on things every few days but once you get into the habit, a merely glance will tell you all you need to understand regarding the state of the garden. You aren’t limited to only veggies though!
I take pleasure in growing and drying my own herbs and spices. The worth of them up here in Alaska at the store is nearly exorbitant, especially if you want fresh! I tend to grow my herbs in larger sized pots and they produce enough that, when dried, can get me through the heavier cookery season and into the next year. I exploit plenty of sage and got sick of paying $6 for a four ounce bottle. I instead spent $2 on a begin which can grow so much I end up giving some away! That’s a serious come on investment and all I have to do is transplant the sprout into a new pot with good soil. Water and leave it’s till it’s nice and full. I dry my herbs up and use the shop bought bottle over and over again. I used to notch the lid to keep track of how usually I have crammed it however once I passed the tenth notch, I knew I was saving copious amounts of money on my spices overall, I extremely do use lots of spices.
- Low Bush Cranberry, also called Lingonberry
Wild berry locations are wonderful and I extremely encourage you to seek them out and get to picking! If you’re in a food desert, you’ll still grow strawberries in containers like using a PVC pipe to grow vertically in. It’ll save space, watering may be a breeze, and at the end you get strawberries that you grew! Imagine waking up in the morning and choosing fresh strawberries off your plant to be sliced up and added to your yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal.
Overall, strawberries would likely be the lowest maintenance berry to grow though the lingon berries can also be grown in a container that would end in modest returns. Still, it’s possible. Different berry bushes would be too much maintenance and work in containers than if they were just planted in the ground or a raised bed. You have to decide what’s right for your own situation and what you want to accomplish.
Weeding and dealing with pests can take plenty of time. Thankfully, there are many strategies of keeping those annoying plants and bugs at bay without using chemicals.
- Weed Barrier cloth
- Diatomaceous Earth – this is wonderful stuff that will keep slugs and different pests out of your garden.