The following article was originally published at The Prepper Project.
Are You Too Lazy To Pull Weeds?
Are You Too Lazy To Water?
Are You Too Lazy To Dig Beds Year After Year?
Are You Too Lazy To Turn A Compost Pile?
Are You Too Lazy To Garden At All?
Maybe it’s not a case of laziness – maybe it’s just that you’re a busy homemaker, police officer, salesman or plumber.
That’s okay. If you’re able to make enough money to feed yourself, perhaps gardening isn’t in the cards for you right now.
In that case, I’d still make sure you know HOW to garden, just in case there’s a point in the future where you NEED to garden.
Even maintaining a small container garden on a back porch can help keep you in practice: but if you can’t even find the time for that, I recommend you take a wild foraging class and make friends with people that DO have the time to garden. I’d also grab good gardening books (not ebooks, unless you print them) and a copy of Survival Gardening Secrets for the future.
You can’t beat the quality of food that a home garden provides – but it’s true; sometimes there’s just no time.
If there is time, however, kick your “laziness” with some of the gardening solutions above.
Now pardon me… I’m going to go lie in my hammock and think about fall crops.
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Some interesting thoughts and questions ! Thank you for sharing! It was really interesting!
Thank you, Mary.
David- I have a question about mulch. I watched the Back to Eden movie and then mulched my raised beds with cypress mulch from Lowe's. It was full of mushrooms. Not a problem if they're edible of course. 😉 But these are like weeds and have completely taken over one bed- killing my strawberry babies.
So- what mulch do you use? Which is best for Florida?
I actually wrote an article on that very topic: http://theprepperproject.com/what-is-the-best-mulch/
I'm not a big fan of mulching annual gardens, however, though I do use it in my cabbage and pepper beds. I prefer to add organic matter and then hoe the weeds that appear.
Can you take a picture of those mushrooms? Strange that they'd kill the strawberries – cypress mulch should have been fine for them.
Hey- I tried to take a picture of the mushrooms, but there are only two tiny babies right now. Last month when it rained for two days straight, I had a bed full of them. Actually, that's how I found your blog- I googled "edible mushrooms." When they sprout up again, I'll take a picture. I also have trouble getting seeds to germinate in that bed (except for basil- it sprouts everywhere). So I was blaming it on the mushrooms stealing the nutrients. ??
Over time the mushrooms will make your beds a lot more fertile; they primarily feed on decaying wood and break it down into a form plants can use. You might be dealing with low nitrogen in the bed, too. Or bugs in the mulch eating your baby seeds. If you have some chicken or rabbit manure, I'd throw it on there. How do transplants do?
They limp along. I intended this bed as a permanent herb bed. I placed a discount rose in the middle and seeded various herbs all around. Basil sprouted. 🙂 I talked with my cousin with whom I shared those herb seeds- she also had terribly low germination rates. I transplanted some daylilies and chives in there- they are not thriving but surviving. The rose and basil are doing very well.
When the mushrooms sprout, they are very yellow. And the "roots" are very yellow as well. Then they mature into cream-colored puff balls, turning inverted and dark tan before dying. How do I send you pictures? I tried to paste them into this comment, but it won't.
Thanks so much for your advice.
You can e-mail them to me – davidy ener good man at g mail do tcom
Mulching though, along with quality soil are in my opinion, absolutes for great gardening. Every year instead of tilling, we add a layer of nitrogen rich compost to the ground and a thin layer of topsoil. We plant our seeds or plants, wait for them to get a couple of inches tall, and then we add a layer of mulch around them. The cost is very minimal. The work is minimal. The upkeep is minimal. Again, a lazy gardener’s dream.