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Gardening news and notes: Tips for saving time; straw bale beds; ornamental …

I’m all for saving time in the garden. Not because I don’t love gardening, but I’d like to spend more time just sitting there enjoying it.  I’m not convinced that will ever happen, but who knows?

Tony Fawcett, who wrote a story for the Herald Sun real estate page, thinks it could. He shares “… sneaky ways to spare ourselves some toil.

“I know most of them,” he says, “because I’ve put a lot of hard work into becoming a lazy gardener. For starters, stop beating yourself up about your lack of garden energy. It’s OK. The world won’t end.”

GARDENING IN STRAW: Sacramento Bee reporter Debbie Arrington interviewed Joel Karsten, author of  “Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and With No Weeding,” which made it to Amazon’s top 10 best-selling garden books this spring.

He told her, “I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” said Karsten, who was initially inspired by straw bales on his family’s farm. “For the first 14, I couldn’t get anybody to care about it no matter what I did. But in the past six years, it’s just exploded.

“People see it and they’re fascinated by it.”

EDIBLES ARE PRETTY, TOO: Edibles can be just as beautiful as any other ornamental in the garden. In fact, Read more: why are vegetables, herbs and fruits not included in the “ornamental” designation?

In his Gardening With Tim column, Seattle meteorologist Tim Joyce makes my point: “From the color pops on the edges of the leaves of lemon thyme to the red hues of some basil varieties it’s proof there is color to be had from edible plants. Lots of texture too – from the spiky leaves of the artichoke to the fragile fern-like fennel. And mixing in edibles into the yard and garden remains a growing trend here in the Northwest.”

– Kym Pokorny

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2013/05/gardening_news_and_notes_tips_1.html