Are you interested in starting a garden this year or revamping an old garden space for easier care? You can have an easy care garden by utilizing these six easy steps- really! It does take a little planning, but it can be done. I’ve spent very little time weeding in my garden using these techniques- and that means more time for the fun stuff: planting and harvesting!
6 Steps To The Easiest Garden Ever
1. Make raised beds out of wood or cinder/stone blocks.
- Filled with excellent soil, there should never be many weeds
- Beds dry out faster for late winter/early spring planting
- Easy to pull the few weeds that do sprout
- If beds are four feet wide or less, there’s no need to walk on the soil, lessening compaction
- All the nutrients and water go to the plants- none to paths (which lead to weeds)
- No need for heavy equipment like a tiller
- Can plant closer together to increase harvest
- Root crops like carrots have no problem growing long and straight
2. Use soaker hoses or a drip system.
- Allows the water to be directed at the roots of the plants, where it’s needed most
- Less water is wasted through evaporation
- Lessens diseases that are spread through wet leaves
- No water in the paths = a lot less weeds
3. Make permanent paths using gravel, wood chips or other material.
- If layered with black plastic, layers of newspaper or cardboard, permanent or semi-permanent mulches will keeps weeds to a minimum
- They never have to be tilled
- No watering = few weeds (are you seeing a pattern here?)
- Add to the beauty of the garden
4. Use the No-Till/Lasagna layering method of gardening.
- By using a no-machine till method, most weed seeds stay buried, so they don’t sprout
- Less soil compaction
- Less disruption for soil organisms and worms
- Builds up the soil
5. Utilize mulches like straw, newspaper, and plastic to lessen weeds in between plants.
- Using mulches holds in moisture throughout the season
- When combined with soaker hoses, minimizes watering needs which saves money
- Suppresses weeds
6. Kill weeds with black plastic and solar power.
- Lay out swaths of plastic in fall or late winter to kill weeds by smothering and heat from the sun
- Use during the season in spots where weeds have sprouted
In large corn beds where I’ve used these methods (especially using black plastic 2-3 months before planting), the only weeds I’ve had to pull were a few perennial weeds every now and then- easily pulled in minutes! Seriously- can you imagine never having to use a hoe in the vegetable garden? I promise it’s possible!