How I Apply Productivity Methods To Gardening

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Photo by hughroperProductivity is about being effective and efficient. That is, doing the right things in the right way. I’ve been trying to apply these concepts not just to managing my work load, but also various side projects in my life.

With spring upon us, my thoughts naturally turn to gardening. Unfortunately, I am one of the world’s worst gardeners, and apparently the only person in North America who cannot grow zucchini. But I keep trying.

This year I return to the All New Square Foot Gardening method to help me be a productive gardener. The basic concept of the system is that you plant specific numbers of seeds in raised beds at specified intervals to maximize plants in the space. I followed the old style square foot method a few years ago, and quickly got overwhelmed. The simplicity of the new method will give me the following:

  • No soil remediation. We have a terrible mix of clay and sand in our yard. The old method insisted that you dig down into the soil and replace everything with a complicated mixture. The new method says to lay a weed barrier, build six inch high boxes, and fill it with a simple mixture of three ingredients.
  • No weeds. Because you plant in weed-free medium, and you plant at specified intervals, you know where the weeds are if they spring up.
  • No tilling. Turning over soil is hard work. By planting in raised beds, you never walk on the soil and compact it, so you never have to loosen it.
  • No thinning. I have never understood why you would plant hundreds of seeds, just to pull out 90% of the sprouted plants. With the square foot method you plant what you need.

All in all, I think this method of gardening is truly productive (no pun intended). You do as much work as you need to, no more, no wasted effort, and simplified methods.

I am hoping that applying All New Square Foot Gardening will bring me to the pinnacle of gardening productivity. And maybe net me a zucchini or two.


Photo by hughroper