If you aren’t a big fan of being outside for a long period of time, you may think gardening isn’t for you. However, gardening doesn’t have to be a long-drawn-out task, in fact, gardening can be a relaxing short activity you do for 15 minutes to an hour every day.
There are many tasks you can do in the garden that doesn’t require much time or can be split up into 15-minute slots. Here are our top four gardening activities you can do under an hour.
Pruning the dead parts of your plants is an important task as it encourages the plant to grow and makes the garden look neat. If you leave this task to the last minute, depending on how many flowers and plants you have, it can take hours to prune all the dead sections of each plant. However, if you deadhead a few plants every day for only 15 minutes, you get your daily dose of sun and it saves you from spending one very long session deadheading all your plants in one go.
Watering your plants
This is a task you need to complete at least twice a week, although if you live in a dry area and barely get rainfall, then you will be the plants main water source. Therefore, you will need to water your plants more than usual. To test if your plant needs to be watered, place your finger 2.5 cm down into the soil, if its dry, you will need to water your plant. If it’s still moist, do not water and then check again the next day.
Remove some weeds
Weeds are continually growing, even if you place a weed mat down, they still seem to get through the sides or through the mat if it starts breaking down. So, the best way to remove weeds is to pull them up from as close to the root as possible, so the whole weed including its root is pulled out. You can use weed killer but it is not recommend using weed killer near any home crop plants and always read the instructions before applying it.
Lay down stones or mulch
If you have a section in your garden that needs stones or mulch laid, a great idea is to lay the material bit by bit so it isn’t overwhelming. Take 15-20 minutes a day to lay a small section of the material with a shovel and rack to evenly spread around the area.
Other tips to speed up gardening:
Ensure that your gardening tools are easily accessible
We suggest leaving your pruning shears, gardening gloves, rack and watering can in an easy to reach place so that you can access them at any time, which will encourage you to get out and garden.
Plant as you buy
Don’t wait till you have brought 5 or 6 plants to plant them. Plant them as you buy so it you only have to spend 20 minutes a day instead of a whole day planting.
For more gardening tip and tricks, check out our last blog “Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Gardener In“