Summer is such a lovely time of year and it’s nice to spend as much time in the garden as possible, though preferably relaxing rather than doing garden chores.
Have you had the experience of sitting in your garden, cup of tea in hand, trying to relax when you can spy things out of the corner of your eye that need to be done.
I’ve learnt over the years that the best solution is to organise your garden so that it looks great but needs as little work as possible, minimum effort – maximum effect.
Of course a bit of time needs to be spent setting this up, remember you’re playing a long game here, but the rewards will be there.
Here are three things guaranteed to help you on the way:
1. Make compost from kitchen waste and non-weed garden debris, spread it thickly on the borders in spring and autumn.
- It will help to suppress weeds leaving all the nutrients for the plants that you do want to feed.
- Keep moisture in the soil for plants to take up so they’ll be stronger and healthier.
2. Avoid using chemicals
- You’ll attract plenty of beneficial birds and insects into your garden and they’ll feast on all the bad pests like aphids.
- Plants will be healthier which means that they fight off diseases, there’s more information about this here.
3. Reduce the amount of grass in your garden:
Lawns are very time consuming, they use up lots of energy and need to be cut every week for most of the year, whilst a border just needs weeding and tidying every few weeks… see number 1 above.
Enjoy your garden
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