No time? no problem!
Gardening and growing your own vegetables can seem daunting when you’re working full time, raising kids and chaos around every corner.
But by following these simple ideas, you can have your crops and eat them in super quick time.
By working “smarter” and not “harder,” you can discover ways to reduce the time you spend doing jobs you don’t like and focus on the jobs that matter.
Gardening shouldn’t be a chore to tick off the list, it should give us time outdoors, relaxation, healthy food, and a connection to the soil and the world around us.
Firstly, have a look at your schedule and see where you have time to spend in your garden. even 5 to 10 minutes a day can make a big difference to your health, well being and your plate.
Check Out these Time Saving tips To Get You Started
Next, I am going to show you how to stop making excuses and easily learn the skills you need to grow nutritious, organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and salad leaves fit for your families table in hardly any time at all.
Time Saving ways to grow your own is Part one of the “No Excuse Garden Series”
So, if you’re ready to stop making excuses and get stuck in straight away, why not take our Vegetable Gardening For Beginner’s Course.
With a New Year comes a fresh start. We all want to make changes to our lives so why not let growing your own vegetables be one of them?
Growing your own vegetables, ticks so many boxes for any of your goals, giving you;
- -Fitness and a healthy lifestyle,
- -Nutritious food which doesn’t cost a fortune,
- -More fresh air and activities the whole family can enjoy together.
- -Encouragment to save food miles, reduce plastic and recycle more waste into the garden.
Thus feeding your soil and eventually you and your family.
Finally found time to grow some thing in the garden and then completely ruined it by not being there to care for your plants?
There will be more than a few of you who like to think they have a brown thumb, that they just can’t grow ANYTHING!
Do you even kill house plants?
Some plants need constant care and some don’t so lets work together to find the right options for you!
Have you spent time nuturing a tomato plant, spent weeks caring for its every need, only to have it turn black and melt before your eyes before you ever get to taste a ripe fruit?
Guess what?, that wasn’t your fault! That was an airborn virus that you had no knowledge or way to protect from. I have grown my own vegetables for almost 30 years and sometimes even my tomatoes fall victim to this blight.
Or, have you given space over to vegetables in your garden with the dream of growing and eating amazing organic vegetables with your family, but have no time to care for your plants and they have all gone to waste?
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Check out the tips below and find the right plants for the right place so you are working smart and doing the right jobs at the right time to get the best results.
We all have to start somewhere, and if you don’t have a relative to guide you, then let me remind you of where you are.
Growing Healthy Kids is here to help you raise healthy, inquistive kids by growing healthy food right in your garden. Getting advice is the no.1 time saver.
Why try it on your own when we can help?
What better way to teach your kids to try, try, and try again, than for them to see you doing it.
Why not learn this important life skill together!!
Spend your time wisely and teach them proper life lessons.
As I said in the second part of our “No Excuses” series, I’m a mum, just like you, I have failed more times than I can count but I kept going, I kept asking questions, working out where I went wrong and trying again. AND YOU CAN TO!
You can grow to love the outdoors, especially with your kids; once you get the right advice you will relish the time you can spend in your garden.
- Spend your time wisely to feed your family a fresh nutitious diet,
- Save money on groceries to help pay for the things your family need,
- Make space in your life to be outdoors, and benefit by being healthy in my mind body and soul (yeah ok cheesy but true!)
Digging your hands in the soil has actually proved to have antidepressant and beneficial effects.
So, if you have always wanted to grow something, have no time, or if you’ve already tried and failed and time is never on your side.
Now is the time for a fresh start, to try again and this time make it work, whether you grow in a pot or a plot!
Stop making those same excuses and start this year with a new goal, a new belief in your heart that YOU. CAN. DO. THIS!
Time Saving Ways To Grow Your Own Vegetables
– From The What’s Your Excuse Series (part 2)
You could spend hours on your garden but if you are not ‘time rich’, the secret is to limit what you grow to what you can realistically care for. Grow less but grow them better!
Check out these tips to find time saving tips to get started right away
Time Saving Tips To Get You Started
Use local Plants.
By planting plants that come from your are, they are already adapted to your soil, climate and temperatures. You’ll spend alot less time pandering to thier needs than if you tried to grow an ezotic new comer!.
Get kids involved in simple chores:
The garden is fun exciting place to let kids loose. so why not make some of these tasks the responsibilties of your kids.
- snail collecting,
- And dead heading.
Are all super simple jobs your children can do to free up your time for more importat jobs. Giving them reaponaibilties helps them feel like they are helping.
It encourages your kids to want to help in other areas in the garden too.
Time saving tip:- Keep Tools Handy:
Keeping your tools handy make it more likely you will nip out and do a few simple jobs.
Most of the jobs are super quick and simple. The time taken usually comes from finding the tools and equipment you need.
- Most jobs can be completed in a small veg patch with a simple hand trowel and fork but if you need more than this check out my list of top tools to keep in your kit.
- I like to keep my hand tools in a small bucket of sand just beside the shed, so I can pull one out quickly when I need to weed a pot or sow some seeds. The sand keeps them clean and sharp saving me more time here too.
- Purchase hand garden tools with brightly colored handles. This can save you a ton of time looking for them while working in your garden.
Plant In A Container Garden.
Growing anything in a pot makes the whole process easier, there’s less weeds, pests and traveling time.
The only downside from growing in a pot is they dry out quickly so you would have to water and feed more often.
You can grow almost anything in a pot these days from fruit to carrots all the way down to pumpkins.
Keeping Weeds At Bay Is An Important Way To Save Time
Whether you plant in the ground or in containers, adding a layer of materials can helps to maintain water and fertility and prevent weeds being able to grow in your beds or containers.
reducing the time you have to spend doing all of these jobs.
You can use many things as a mulch
- Grass clips
- Paper, laid flat or shredded
- Mushroom compost
- Homemade compost
so whatever material you have lots of, experiment and see how effective using a mulch is for you!
One thing to remember when using organic mulches is that the worms and microbes in the soil will slowly digest the materials so keep them topped up is important over the season.
Here’s a bunch of tips to help you Make your own compost
Or try this experiment for kids, its a great way to show how the whole system works.
Save Time Weeding:
Weed little and often. If you are growing in the ground, get yourself a good hoe and use it little and often. After work one night a week or when the kids and messing around in the garden, get into the habit of running the hoe over the soil. This nips the tops off and kills off the tiny weeds before they can set seeds and become a bigger problem.
Try to hoe on a dry day so the weeds dehydrate in the sun. the dry soil helps to stop new weed seeds germinating.
If growing in a pot, simple pick out weeds as the start to grow. it can be relaxing to wonder around the patio checking your pots.
It’s also a great activity for kids to do (as long as they pick out the weeds and not your prized veg!
Time saving Tool Tips
Using good tools is a must to save time. Keeping them handy is important too. if you spend all the gardening time you have looking for a missing fork you are wasting time.
Painting the handles in bright colours can help you make sure they are all gathered up and put away at the end of the garden time slot.
you don’t need every tool either, check this out for Top tools to have in your shed.
Get the watering right
one job that can’t be avoided in the garden is watering. Different plants have different water requirements so try to plan your garden so that the plants that need the most watering are closer to your kitchen door.
This way you can focus on these if your short on time, then when you have more time later you can give a drink to the less demanding vegetables. We like to keep a pail next to out thirsty vegetables. It fills when it rains and makes it easy just to tip some over the needy vegetables when we pass instead of having to find the watering can and fill it up over and over.
A soaker hose can help if you have access to an outdoor tap, or a sprinkler hose can also make things easier. this can waste emmense amounts of water and in the days of global warming, its much easier to give the plants water directly to thier roots and not soak areas that don’t need it as this will water weeds seeds hiding in the soil too.
If you water well before applying your mulch , this helps avoid evaporation and water wastage.
Location, location Location
Pick your location well, somewhere near the home, with water close by and easy access freom the house. Th eeasier it is to get to your veg patch and the tools you need, the easier it will be to keep on top of the tasks and you will enjoy it so much more.
the best thing about growing your own vegetables in your backyard is that you can easily pop out of the door and harvest what you need to make your meal. fresh as a daisy and no effort involved.
Start Off With Great Soil
Give your plants the best chance in life by giving them the best soil you can. this makes everything else easier. The health of your soil is so important, so start off there by adding garden compost and as much organic material you can find, whether that means buying in good soil, adding manure or muching with top up materials. Start here and everything else is simple.
Planting in containers makes your job super simple. there’s less weeding, mulching, bending and generally less tidying up. There will be more watering however as containers need more water. Keep containers near a water source and your good to go.
In the winter, it can help to gather your pots together so they shelter each other and stop the roots freezing.
A huge vegetable garden filled with vegetables, fruits and flowers may be your dream, but start small with one or two things can be alot more realistic until time, and space allows.
Building up your experience and knowledge first can save time on wasted trial and error later. Unless you have time to continually dig over potatoe beds or tie in fruit bushes.
Keeping things simple means you can enjoy pottering around and being successful at growing vegetables and not fall victim to the feeling of overwhelm.
The biggest time saving tips are to start slowly. pick one vegetable or fruit, learn all you can and add something else when time, money and space allows.
Strawberries for example can be grown in a wellington boot, hanging basket, trough, pot or in the soil.
Plant it once and you can crop it for years. there is a little maintanance but on the whole its a fuss free crop that can fit anywhere.
Use Square Foot Gardening
Square Foot Gardening is a growing technique that fits a huge range and variety of vegetables into a tiny space.
Growing vegetables in this way, saves space, time and effort. The yield is usually higher too and theres little to NO WEEDS!
So, there you are, time saving tips to help you manage the time you have to grow your own.
What is your best time saving tip?? Comment below and let us know!!
Remember to check out the rest of our No Excuses Series
Over the next few weeks we will look at Space saving tips and ways your garden can work for you!