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:
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):
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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