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Great Gardens Take Time

Updated on May 21, 2011

Great Gardens

Great gardens take time; time to grow and time to learn. To begin gardening, you do not need a lot of knowledge but you do need the time to allow what knowledge you have to expand as you get out in the dirt and discover what you need to know.

When people ask me how to get started with a garden, one of the first questions I ask them is how much time do you have to spend in your garden each day?

The reason I ask this question is people often have great gardens in their minds but in their daily lives they simply do not have the time to care for those gardens. Sure, the first few days are full of energy as the garden bed or beds are prepared and the seeds and seedlings are planted and everything is watered.

But then life happens and the busy schedule that is many peoples’ reality starts to take over and tending the garden gets put aside or left to the weekend. Now, once a garden is established, you do not need to visit it every day, although I do recommend that if you really want a thriving organic garden then allow yourself at least five minutes each day.

During those five minutes all you are doing is observing, looking for changes like any unwanted visitors or signs that something may be wrong, brown leaves, chew marks and so on.

This early warning will increase your odds of saving the plants before the problem zooms out of control.

Also, in unusual weather, heavy rains, excessive heat or not enough heat, you need to care for your plants, to help them endure the extremes, and still produce the flowers, and vegetables you want.

Great gardens take time and before you discover that you put in a garden that you do not have time for, determine just how much time each day you have to spend in the garden. Once your garden is established you may just need to take a quiet stroll and check for anything unusual, after which you can sit back and watch nature do her thing.

When you calculate your time as part of the overall garden design process you will avoid building a garden that is too big for your lifestyle and also avoid the disappointment that can follow, especially if this is your first garden. Great gardens take time.

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Bob Ewing photo 2009
Bob Ewing photo 2009

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Experience is a fine teacher, glad you find my hubs helpful, thanks for stopping by.

  • Ricardo Nunes profile image

    Ricardo Nunes 

    7 years ago from Portugal

    It takes time and a lot of effort... but it`s very rewarding to see (and sometimes eat) the results :)

    I`m in the process of starting to plant in containers instead of using the ground. I`ll be using the same ground plus the compost I make inside containers which will allow saving in the water used to irrigate my garden. Thanks Bob, I`ve been learning enough with my experience but I`ve learned much with your`s! :)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I'll check it out.

  • blackmarx profile image


    8 years ago from Rice Lake, WI

    So very true, you hit the nail on the head here Bob.

    If your interested, I just started a new gardening community site, for info see my profile.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Just be sure to plant according to the time you have to look after what you plant, happy gardening.

  • Glenda Grosjean profile image

    Glenda Grosjean 

    8 years ago from Wayne, MI

    I have a desire to have a garden, but, never thought to consider the time required. 5 minutes a day really isn't too much to ask. I usually only have a couple of tomato plants that come up every year, and I don't do much to help them along. But I do want to start having more of a variety. Thanks for the helpful information.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening.

  • stars439 profile image


    8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    I like gardens. I may plant some tomatoes. They are expensive. God Bless You.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Water is important. :-), thanks for dropping by.

  • Rose West profile image

    Rose West 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Oh, I have such high respect for gardeners... I so enjoy flowers and all, I just can't seem to grow them well myself. I think I forget things - like water.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    The waiting does get frustrating, happy gardening.

  • kfinnigan profile image


    8 years ago

    Well said Bob. The beginning is the busy time, I love being out there doing it. I'm itching for the veggie season to begin. ;)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Still too early to do much other than dream here, happy gardening.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for another lot of advices and I will be busy this weekend getting it started.


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