One-Hour-Per-Day Gardening

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We have a big garden and try to grow an increasing percentage of our own food. Our 2017 potatoes have just run out, for example. People often comment on how large the garden is and how much work and time it must take to keep up, so this year, I am working to quantify this by logging one hour per day on the garden. Of course most people don’t have the time or space to work an extra hour a day in a garden, but if we can provide 70–80 percent of our calories from gardening one hour each day, others might still get good results with a quarter- or half-hour-per-day gardening. We’ll play with how hours of work correlates with percentage of food grown.

The Specifics

RaisedBedsThe plan is to log each hour of work in the garden and what tasks are done. It doesn’t have to be an hour each and every day: if it is raining, I could work two hours the next day, for example; right now I am just starting seedlings, which do not need an hour each day; and the spring planting season needs more time each day, while the middle of the season requires less.

Once the season gets going, I’ll post an update each week about what I’ve been doing with my hour. The logged hours can be seen on in the following chart, which I’ll summarize once the season is over.

8 thoughts on “One-Hour-Per-Day Gardening

  1. Will you do another chart to log time required to harvest & preserve? Possibly harvest time would about equal time to shop at the stores or it might be quite a bit less, and prep/cooking time would be the same whether you bought or grew it, but preserving does take time.

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