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5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden. It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest.

5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden

As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.

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Composting. Xeriscaping. Perennials - List of Perennial Flowers and Plants. Plant Encyclopedia - Ajuga is one of the most indispensable groundcovers around.

Perennials - List of Perennial Flowers and Plants. Plant Encyclopedia -

It has many uses and looks great much of the year. Also known as carpetweed or bugleweed, ajuga forms a 6-inch-tall mat of glossy leaves that always seem to look neat and fresh. In many cases, the leaves are colored with shades of purple, white, silver, cream, or pink. Individual plants grow as a rosette, but they intertwine to form a solid carpet that withstands some foot traffic. Blue, lavender, pink, or white flower spikes adorn plants spring to early summer. Ajuga is great in rock gardens, in the front of beds and borders, under… Ajuga is great in rock gardens, in the front of beds and borders, under leggy shrubs or small trees, along paths, and just about any other place in the landscape you want to cover the ground with attractive foliage and little flowers. read less. How to build a raised bed for your garden. A raised bed is one of the best ways to grow vegetables.

How to build a raised bed for your garden

Materials for a raised bed: One 6-foot-long 4-by-4 ($15) Six 8-foot-long 2-by-6s ($75) One 10-foot-long 1-inch PVC pipe ($3) Two 10-foot-long ½-inch PVC pipes ($6) 32 3½-inch #14 wood screws and 16 ½-inch #8 wood screws ($29) One 4- by 10-foot roll of ¼-inch-mesh hardware cloth ($15) Eight 1-inch galvanized tube straps (semicircular brackets; $3.60) 32 cubic feet (1 1/5 cu. yd.) soil mix ($100 in bags; look for combination of topsoil, compost, and potting soil).

With a table or power saw, cut the 4-by-4 into four 16-inch-tall corner posts. Cut two of the 2-by-6s in half. Regional Gardening Reports. National News - From NGA Editors Look Before You Pump Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!)

Regional Gardening Reports

And it's time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers,... Growing Active Kids School gardens grow more than plants. Year of the Cucumber Cucumbers are one of America's favorite home garden crops. Spotlight on Youth Gardening: Landry Early Childhood Center Gardens grow much more than fruits and vegetables at Rivier University's Landry Early Childhood Center in Nashua, New Hampshire. More News »