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Gardening Doesn’t Have to Be a Burden

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Too many beginning gardeners have a defeatist attitude towards gardening. They think that gardening necessarily involves a lot of time and effort and they expect to have to work hard.

But gardening doesn’t need to take much time! Whenever you come across a task that will take forever or will come back again and again throughout the summer, rebel! There’s bound to be an easier way. Remind yourself of one simple thing: Mother Nature designed plants to survive and they can get along without you if you give them the slightest chance.

If you have to struggle over and over again to keep a plant alive or work like a madman to keep your yard in shape, that’s not normal. There are ways of getting great results using much less effort.

You’re obviously listening to the wrong people. It’s all about knowing how to get things done with a minimum of effort … and by coming regularly to the Laidback Gardener website, you’ll find all sorts of ways of making gardening easier.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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