If you’re a solo gardener, gardening can be difficult sometimes. There’s no doubt about the fact that it’s a lot of work. Gardening requires physical exertion and time, and if you’re not in the best of shape, or short on time, you’ll find your options to be limited. However, there are some practices which will help you make the process simpler.
Build raised beds (or garden in pots)
If you grow straight in the ground, you’ll need to do quite a bit of bending and kneeling, which will hurt your back, and strain your knees. Whatever your age, it’s always advisable to be gentle on your joints, so you can build raised beds or garden in pots or grow bags, to reduce the amount of bending required. Raised beds can be up to waist height, thus making gardening fairly pain-free.
Practice no-dig gardening
The no-dig method of gardening is rapidly gaining popularity, as it often provides better results, with significantly less effort. This method entails the use of cardboard, mulch and weed membrane for controlling weeds, and gradual soil amendment by adding carbon-rich materials such as cardboard, to make the soil fluffy so there’s less need for tilling.
Plan your garden well
As with everything else, planning goes a long way in increasing efficiency. Plan where different plants are to be grown, and what plants are to be grown in raised beds. Place your kitchen garden close to your home, and grow low-growing plants – or plants that are susceptible to pest damage at a height where you’d find them easier to work on.
Get the right tools
The right tools make short work of any job. Long-handled tools, a good garden hose or watering can (or drip system, maybe), dibber, and a kneeling pad will go a long way in making your gardening life easier. Buy good quality tools according to your requirements, and keep them close to your garden.
Pruning regularly will keep your plants healthy, and at a manageable height. If your plants get taller than you are, they will get out of hand, and you will find controlling pests, pollinating and harvesting difficult.
Maintain your pathways
Often, people weed and mulch their growing areas, but ignore the garden paths. This is done in a bid to save effort and resources, but it does more harm than good. Keeping your pathways well-maintained will contribute to an altogether better gardening experience, as you won’t run the risk of slipping on mossy areas, or getting snagged on nasty weeds. Don’t look at mulching as a way to feed your beds, you need to feed the garden’s soil as a whole.