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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

No-Gardening Garden

by Vivienne Lorret

For years, I’ve been a proponent of the No-Gardening Garden Method. Simply put, this is a garden that appears without effort. In the spring, you just see what happens to pop up and flourish. It’s always a wonderful surprise.

You see, I’ve never been a good gardener when sweat, kneeling, and labor is involved. I don’t understand it, but whenever I try really hard to grow something—test soil pH, gauge water levels, fertilize, and weed—I end up killing everything. Every single plant.

However, if I happen to take the tomatoes or cucumbers that have gone wrinkly in the bottom of the veggie drawer, a sprouting potato, or even the remains of a Halloween jack o’lantern, and then toss them in the garden spot… something magic happens. Life finds a way.

In the harshest conditions.

Without testing the soil.

Somehow… I have a garden every single year.

This year, my favorite flower has become the pumpkin blossom.

Isn’t that big yellow blossom beautiful?

Then, of course, there’s the fruit that follows.

(Unfortunately, the pictures posted here were not taken from my garden. Because I’m posting this in the middle of the night, I had to Google-grab.)

This year, I’ve already picked five pumpkins and there are more growing in my no-gardening garden. I highly recommend it!

Warm wishes, happy reading, and happy no-gardening,


~USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series. For more on her upcoming novels, visit her at


Judith Ashley said...

Viv, I'm working on the same concept of a no-gardening garden but I've paid someone to do the kneeling, sweaty work including putting in a drip line watering system. Hopefully when phase two is done next spring, it will truly be a no-gardening garden once I get the pots planted. With the change in weather patterns where I live, I'm now having to find more drought tolerant plants even with the watering system or I have to run it twice a day or hand water or ...

And, I'm sure if you'd posted it during the daylight, the pictures from your no-gardening garden would have been as delightful!

Sarah Raplee said...

I love this concept! So simple, so fun, so obvious...but it never occurred to me!

Vivienne Lorret said...

Thank you, Judith and Sarah!

We rake our leaves (and by "we" I actually mean "my husband") into the garden spot in the fall, covering everything. Snow falls and sticks around for three or four eons, and then voila! Garden!

And by the way, green bell pepper seeds are really hardy, too! ;)

Pippa Jay said...

A visitor to one of our neighbours once commented on how she loved the natural, almost wild look of our garden. We do plant fruit and veg and mow the lawn, but we don't use any nasty chemicals and leave most of the weeds. The wildlife loves it and our chickens wander free, eating most of the weeds. This year our monsters are old enough for us to safely put back a pond. It's all very low maintenance, and I prefer it to gardens that are too tailored.