Tips for the Lazy Gardener Author:Linda Tilgner You've got a garden, but come July and August you'd like to sail, golf or play tennis, hike, bike, or lie in a hammock. — Linda Tilgner shows you that it's possible to produce better vegetables with less work and more pleasure, and to spend the summer doing those other activities you enjoy. — Linda's secret: "The gardeners who are successfully laz... more »y are the ones who have planned effectively: layout of the garden, choice of plants and a schedule of seasonal jobs and regular maintenance." Weed your garden in the spring and you can sail later, when the neighbors are combating weeds in the scorching sun.
You'll find hundreds of time-saving tips and routines, including:
+ Azaleas love leftover tea and tea leaves. So do houseplants such as philodendron and rubber plants.
+ Sprinkle coffee grounds over carrot plantings to repel the root maggot or around evergreens as an eye-pleasing mulch.
+ Hold back on nitrogen-rich fertilizer late in the season. Overly rich growth makes plants more susceptible to frost.
+ Crushed egg shells mixed into soil around cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower provide the extra calcium they need.« less