Let’s face it; we’re aging. Heavy work and tasks requiring a lot of bending or kneeling are becoming more difficult. Tilling, shovel work, hoeing, and all the bending required throughout the gardening season is heck on the body. Giving up isn’t in the forecast, so what method can we choose that will allow us to keep gardening into our 90s?
I’ll tell you right now, I don’t have the answer, just some ideas. I’m a Boomer whose age is telling on me. My new motto are “Just Say No To Tilling” and “Don’t Lower Yourself to Stoop Labor”. These are activities required for a conventional row garden and are no longer happening for me. I want no till, no weed, no bend gardening. Most of my food needs to grow in permaculture zone one. In other words, close to the kitchen. That makes a lot of sense in terms of it being close to the water source for easy maintenance and not too far to carry all that wonderful produce in to prepare it. Which means the old garden spot across the drive will be put to another use.
Since I also want to eliminate most lawn care, gardening in all the spots adjacent to the house means I won’t have to mow there. If I do it right, I also won’t have to run the weed eater. Okay, I have the logistics figured out to save time and steps. Now comes the question that’s more difficult to answer…HOW? There are four gardening methods that strike my fancy.
I hope to make a test bed for each of these techniques in the spring and compare results. Here’s the info I’m looking for.
- ease of initial preparation
- maintenance involved
- how easy that maintenance is to perform
What else is important to know?
What is your experience with any of these methods?
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