SG572: Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive

Productivity is a constant area of focus for me. I’m always trying to maximize my efforts in the garden - streamline my time and feel a sense of accomplishment after working outside. Every gardener is wired a little differently: some people want to get up and garden first thing in the morning while others wait to tackle their garden work late in the day - others are weekend warriors. Whenever we talk about pursuing a hobby - or a passion like gardening - it’s important to remember that we aren’t doing it for a paycheck. We aren’t even doing it purely for happiness sake - sometimes we can actually feel pretty miserable after being in the garden.

So what makes us continue to garden? And what makes certain that we don’t give up gardening? The answer is a universal truth for any hobby or activity - it’s being able to make consistent progress and feeling that our time in the garden is meaningful.  The productivity tips I’m sharing with you today are designed  to help you maximize your efforts and to squeeze every drop of productivity from your precious time in the garden. My hope is that by sharing these ten little changes to your gardening practice you will reevaluate your approach  and experience greater personal productivity as a result.

Gardener Productivity - that's the topic of today’s show and it’s coming up after an update on the Listener Community for the show and this week's Garden News Roundup.

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Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive

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Productivity tip #1: Do a garden walk-around

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Productivity tip #2: Calendarize your time in the garden

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Productivity tip #3: Leverage the power of time intervals (15 minutes each)

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Productivity tip #4: Don’t over do it

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Productivity tip #5: Team up to push forward: buddy up or outsource

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Productivity tip #6: Carve out a space for gardening tools and resources

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Productivity tip #7: Work where you can - even indoors or sheltered areas

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Productivity tip #8: Have spots to rest and create in every garden zone

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Productivity tip #9: Change your perspective to stimulate creativity and remove blocks

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Productivity tip #10: Recognize the ages of your gardens - then spend extra time working with the young and revitalizing the old

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Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive


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I never write reviews but this is the best gardening podcast out there. Jennifer has interesting topics and guests and is not one bit annoying like some others are. I love that she involves her kids at the end of the podcast - usually with poetry or music. Really good podcast.

- Barbcfc, Mar 23, 2016

Still Growing is one of the reliably informative gardening podcasts from North America. The format consists of an intro (personal gardening status chat, seasonal remarks), an extended interview with a guest, and an outro with funny outtakes, side remarks, and some chatter (poems, readings) from the host's children. The podcast is focused on reliable knowledge - the guests are typically experts like academics, master gardeners, gardening entrepreneurs or public garden leaders. The intro and especially the outro give it a homey feel. Given I live in the high northern region, just a little below the Polar Circle, I'm always looking for more cold-weather oriented gardening information. Jennifer Ebeling is in Minnesota, so that's helpful to me! Vegetable gardening (my main interest) gets a good share, but is not predominant. Most topics transcend your specific gardening interest and are applicable to many styles: landscaping principles, vermicomposting, greenhouses. The episodes are typically an hour long, which is just fine for me.

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Best gardening podcast out there. Her preparedness leads to a good interaction with the guests and brings out the best in them. Very informative and yet personable.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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