Pull Three, Plant Three for Easy Gardening

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Do you want to be a struggling gardener or laidback gardener? Choosing the right plants makes all the difference. All illustrations by Claire Tourigny, from the book Les 1500 trucs du jardinier paresseux.

Why fight with complicated plants? Plants that need pinching, pruning, staking, deadheading, winter protection, insect and pest treatments and all the other treatments gardeners use to keep struggling plants alive or invasive plants under control? Wouldn’t life be simpler if you simply grew plants that did what you want and took care of themselves?

Well, some do. In fact, many do.

Which ones? Well, only you can tell me that, because which plants take care of themselves depends on your local climate and on your specific gardening conditions: sun, shade, good or poor drainage, rich or poor soil, etc.

Dollars to doughnuts, you have easy-peasy plants in your garden right now, ones that practically grow in spite of you, that do everything you want and never go too far … alongside hard-to-grow or excessively weedy ones that take up all your time and probably require massive spending on pesticides to boot.

So … keep the former and yank out the latter.

Three Plants a Year Towards Easy Gardening

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Just pull out the plants that need so much work!

Here’s a way to save a ton of time and effort in your garden.

Every year, think over which three plants give you the most hassle … and get rid of them. Maybe they’re sickly and prone to insects, maybe they’re too vigorous and try to take over. Whatever! Pull them out, cut them down, cover them with black tarp, but get rid of them. They have to go!

And to replace the miscreants, again think over the plants you grow and figure which three plants gave you the best results with least amount of effort on your part … and use them to replace the three you eliminated. Many you can produce on your own by division or taking cuttings. Others you may have to buy. But these are the plants to use as replacements.

So, each year, three bad plants have to go and three good plants move in in their place.

Simple, right?

My Prediction

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How lovely to relax in a garden that takes care of itself!

Within five years, you’ll have the greenest thumb in town! Gardening will be so easy, you simply have to brush a few leaves off your walkways. Set up a hammock: you’ll need somewhere to relax and enjoy the garden that is taking care of itself!

Think about it: each year, three bad plants have to go, three good plants come in, and you reap the rewards! Gardening can besoooo easy!001.K

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Gardening Doesn’t Have to Be a Burden

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If gardening is a burden, you’re doing something wrong! Illus.: ClipArt Panda

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.