We'll all garden a little smarter in 2011, thanks to the great low-maintenance advice you sent in response to our last contest. Thanks for all your comments - I appreciate your sharing the nitty gritty of your gardening lives with other Plant Talk readers.
I'm thinking it's time for a revised edition of "The New Low Maintenance Garden" so I can include all your great tips (see last week's comments to read all the entries). In the meantime - we have a contest winner who will receive an autographed copy of the current edition of my book....
Simplify your gardening life with a few of these favorite tips:
"Raised beds! They seem to discourage the weeds, slugs and snails – and I’m hoping…the bunnies as well." (Like these raised beds in Jennifer Carlson's Magnolia garden....)
"One of the most time consuming aspects of our property was the huge, water guzzling lawn….we replaced it with beautiful, creeping, flowering thyme…no more mowing, fertilizing or water…and it’s a bumble bee magnet. It is much gentler on the earth and us."
"Weed in the rain, or right after it…it’s so much easier."
"My hori hori knife is the best garden tool I ever purchased. It does everything…flips out weeds, plants annuals, cuts roots, unpots root-bound plants....a woman with a knife in her hand gets respect in the garden."
And the winning comment from Alexandra Ross in Tacoma... I appreciated her simple practicality, and her wisdom in whittling her garden down, making it more self-sufficient, so that she enjoys gardening again:
"I got rid of 27 high-maintenance hybrid tea roses. After the deer came twice this last spring I gave away the few survivors and put in deer-resistant shrubs and perennials. Low maintenance and I'm back to what I love about gardening."