10 Minute Gardening

Many gardening blogs show you fabulous, eye-popping, impressive gardens. But many of us will look at those gardens and think, uh, uh, uh. I can’t do that. That’s too much. I’ll enjoy the pictures and continue to buy flowers at a florist and vegetables in the supermarket.

So my thought is to bring you some gardening tips that will only take 10 minutes of your time. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there, spread it out over a few months… your garden has grown!

Let’s start with basil. You like pesto? Start now, and maybe in August you’ll be making homemade pesto. First ten minutes…buy a container to start your seeds. And some seed starting formula. And a pack of basil seeds. If you have already bought some flowers in a six pack recently, and you washed out the container, you can use that to start your seeds.

Next ten minutes will be putting your seed formula into a container and wetting the formula. Put your basil seeds in a little cup and wet those. Let everything soak for a few hours. Soaking seeds before planting helps the germination process. Germinating is when the tiny little green leaves poke their way out of the ground. Watching a plant germinate can be satisfying in itself.

Here’s my container:
container for seeds

And here are the seeds I chose to put in this container (I started two kinds of parsley, basil seeds, and some scarlet phlox–an experiment, never tried those flowers before):
seeds to be soaked

Basil is quick to germinate, so by next week I’m hoping to see little green leaves pushing their way to the sky. I leave my planted seeds outside, so Mother Nature will take care of the watering and sunlight. Parsley, on the other hand, is a slow germinater and requires more patience.

Often, my ten minutes of gardening consists of pulling weeds. I sometimes pull weeds around little plants that have self-seeded from the previous year, so my black-eyed susans, white alyssum and portulaca grow back each year, often in new places.

One gardening event that will take you longer than ten minutes is visit a local plant nursery with a friend. Spring and early fall are great times to plant perennials, those flowers that reward us by (hopefully) coming back year after year.

It’s a good idea to prepare your soil before you plant. You can read my post on lazy composting.

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6 thoughts on “10 Minute Gardening

  • No, I must confess I’m not a cilantro fan.

    I read somewhere to plant dill early in the spring. So what I did this year was I prepared some soil (digging and amending with compost) and then sprinkled my dill seeds in the area. Dill takes several weeks to germinate. And after that, it takes a while to grow. It can get killed off by summer heat. So a long spring is preferable for dill.

  • Phyllis, so glad you are getting something out of my early morning ramblings! Let me know if there’s anything specific that interests you, and if it’s something I know anything about, I’ll write a post.

    Being a bookworm, when I first started gardening, I read almost every book our library owns on gardening. And despite the fact that it’s a small library, there were a lot.

    Talking casually to other gardeners is a great way to get tips. People love compliments: “oh, your xyz plant is wonderful. How do you do handle qxvj?” Or something like that.

  • Thanks Leora! For the shoutout and for the tips. Even though I go out to the community garden to do the major gardening (tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, etc) I need to start working on my home herb garden so your post is a good reminder for me to get going with that. I have no excuse when I can take mere minutes of my attention per day. That’s doable!

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