Save Time in the Garden: Get Lazy

A beautiful, well-planned plot of land surely highlights the work of an organized, dedicated gardener, and should be admired. But what about the purely lazy? Can't they, too, have bountiful warm-weather gardens? Slate author Ari LeVaux says yes. In fact, he argues that laziness breeds one heck of a garden.

In his article last week, author Ari LeVaux discusses his style as low-effort yet high-return gardening through "a practice I call throwing seeds at the garden." He starts his yearly garden like many of us: turning the soil and getting it ready to plant, but then LeVaux takes it one step further by literally throwing a preparatory layer of seeds down. Usually a mix of greens and carrots, these seeds are meant to grow into a nice ground layer to help nourish the vegetables and plants that he'll sow later.

It all sounds fine and good, but there are many factors to consider. You still need to think about what to plant when, and you obviously have to think of space and height as you plan which seeds to throw where. LeVaux describes how great garlic is because it grows tall so it won't compete with other plants. Other non-spreading plants like corn, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts work really well, too.

When all is said and done, for him a successful garden is one in which you can't see the bottom of the bare earth — instead, you should be seeing rich mulch and a variety of plants and herbs. That's the true sign of a bountiful garden, a garden that's begun with an over-the-shoulder tossing of seeds.

Read the Article: Throw Seeds at Your Garden by Ari LeVaux | Slate

Related: Spring Project: A Home Vegetable Garden

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.

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