Garden Routines for Efficiency

Garden Routines for Efficiency

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              In one of my other blog sections, I discussed the importance of setting into a routine. Routines are the stabilization of your life. In gardening, routines make the difference between being overwhelmed and having success.  One of my favorite YouTube gardeners is a young man from Wales, HUW RICHARDS (and of course Charles Dowding).  I have watched Mr. Richard’s garden shows for several years, which helped me understand the importance of establishing an organization. He formed the basis for my garden routine. I suggest the watering, the weeding, and the bugs. This plan is what I recommend to keep ahead of the tasks. 

              I have an old mailbox in two different garden locations since I have a backyard section and a side garden. In the mailbox, I keep a small notebook and pen, gloves, and any hand tools I frequently use, such as a small trowel, hand rake, and bulb shovel. In the backyard box, I also have my Japanese hoe.

Routine:

  1. Section your garden for easier identification. For example:
  2. beds 1-3 is A – these beds I use for nightshade plants, root plants
  3. beds 4-7 is B. my tea plants, mints, basil, bee balm, etc.
  4. beds 8-12 is C  is for the early spring plants such as peas, onions, etc. and
  5. my long side bed is D. This bed is outside my kitchen door, so I use it for daily use plants.
  6. Front beds are E these are flowers
  7. Miscellaneous Pots are F

This makes it easier to identify your planning, planting, and prioritize your organization.

And focus your work for each day. Not saying that you won’t migrate over the other beds daily if there is something that is urgently needed. Such as my summer attack on the harlequin bugs.

  • When designing your garden plan, use these sections to organize your spring garden plan. It makes it easier to order seeds, visualize your needs, and plan for planting.
  • Once a week, usually Saturday morning for me, it is essential to walk around each of the raised beds and note what should be done. List them separately. For example, identify such things: needs weeding, snail trails, watering, feeding, trimming, new fence, whoops looks like the chickens made it into that one, needs new plants, needs compost. Don’t forget to look under the leaves for the health of the plant and those little bugs.
  • Look at your plan often and use your calendar to look ahead. It is important to STAY TO THE PLAN.            
  • Huw feels you should spend ½ hour a week reading garden books.  I usually spend much more time. I recommend both his books and Charles Dowding’s books. However, I learn so much from YouTube videos. My favorites: Huw Richards, Charles Dowding, Gardener Scott, Gardening with James Prigioni, The Impatient Gardener, etc.
  • Maintain the health of your compost bin.  I have sections coming up this spring to maintain the compost bin for your garden’s health.
  • Take time to celebrate your successes and study your failures. As I have said before, use the losses as a learning tool, not a harmful tool.

I hope these ideas help you formulate your routine for success. Let me know how it works out for you.

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