Most people feel busy, tied up by their schedules. If you were to survey how much free time people have, you would be surprised. There is always something that they need to go. Work, home, school, the list goes on and on. If you feel that you barely have time to garden, this will be quite an exciting read.
To start with, having many activities per day adds to the pressure in your life, plus you end up feeling like the hours are not adequate for everything and thus, you end up giving up some activities such as gardening. However, this should not be the case, allocating time for this activity is quite essential, and not only to complement the beauty of log houses but also for your mental well-being.
If you start working on your garden for a few minutes each day, you should see the results in no time. Whether you choose to have veggies or flowers, you will ultimately end up with healthy produce. Thus, you can eat healthier, or decorate better, or both as you can grow flowers and veggies together.
Also, engaging your kids in gardening will help them spend more time in the outdoors. It also cultivates patience in them and enables you to connect with them on a deeper level.
How Much Time Should You Spend In The Garden?
The answer to this question will depend on what you would like to achieve from your efforts. If you are going for a large-scale operation, you should be ready to invest your time. Also, your organization will affect the time spent. Thus, it helps to organize the garden and service it as needed before planting anything. With these previous steps, you will end up doing away with many processes that would have come about in the future.
A vegetable garden is one of the easiest ventures in this regard. You spend little time in growing it and the rewards are high. Planting seeds should take a matter of minutes and aftercare practices consume minimal time. You can pop by the garden a few times a week to water and weed the plants, and enjoy healthy crops.
Let us take a look at the average time you would spend in the garden per season:
Summer and Spring
During these seasons, you can spend a lot of time in the garden. Anything from ten to thirty minutes a day will help you start the seeds and harvest the produce. You can also opt to spend more hours on the weekend if you work a lot during the week. Investing a lot of time during these seasons will enable you to get enough harvest to last you through the cold months.
Winter and Autumn
Most of your efforts in these seasons will go into getting rid of the summer plants. You will also need to work on the soil to provide it with the nutrients for the plants you wish to sow next. You will find that you will spend less time in the garden during these seasons. For one, the rain will provide enough water for the remaining plants, and weeding will not be required much.
After gardening for a while, you will know when there is a need to care for the crops. You will know when amending the soil is necessary, when you need to water the plants and when to remove last season’s plants. Everything will fall into place, and you will thus work out the time you need to spend in the garden as per your plants’ needs.
However, before you get to this stage, it helps to work with some estimates. During summer, you will spend at least two hours a week tending to your crops. In autumn, you will need at least one week, which reduces to less than one in winter. For spring, your garden will be good with two hours of work each week.
Note though that the above averages are for medium gardens. For smaller or bigger gardens, you should be ready to make the required changes.
Why Should You Spend More Time In The Garden?
Other than enhancing the appearance of log houses, are there any other benefits to spending time in the garden? Why, yes! Here are some of the reasons why people cannot seem to get enough of their gardens:
If you want to get an intense workout, gardening is one way to go. It engages several muscle groups from your arms to legs to shoulders. At the end of a session, you will feel like you have been to an aerobics class. And you know how good it feels after you have had a long workout.
Are you undergoing lots of pressure? It could be at home, at work, or in school. Having these thoughts circulating in your mind all the time can be tasking. When you are out in the garden, you will find that you will concentrate on what you need to do. You thus end up paying little mind to your problems. At the end of the session, you will feel much better. Stay away from your phone when out in the garden, as it will serve as a distraction.
It feels great to work on something and see the results sprouting, which is what happens during gardening. It could be your first harvest or the beauty of the lawn. Whatever it is, you are sure to get a boost in confidence from seeing the fruits of your labor. It should not be long before you are bragging about your skills to anyone within ear reach.
You can use this time in the garden as a way to bond with your loved ones. The kids can work on small tasks such as planting the seeds while the adults take on the heavy-lifting. The grandparents can also be part of this exercise, directing and weeding. This time together will help you catch up on each other’s lives and get you more close-knit than you were before.
All the best in your gardening!