Posted on 22 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

The 4-Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener – Part 3

The 4 Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener- Part 1 - TomatoCasual.comBy Danny Thompson

[This article is part 3 of a 5 article series. View part 1 of the series.]

Automation

This is the third part in our five-part look at Tim Ferriss’s book, the 4 Hour Work Week.

So far we have looked at defining our expectations of our garden and eliminating as many unnecessary tasks as possible.

Once you have eliminated all of the unnecessary tasks in your garden, the next step is to automate as many of the remaining tasks as you can.

This could include preemptively adding nematodes to your soil if your garden is prone to certain pests, stringing a soaker hose along your rows of tomatoes, so watering all your plants is as easy as turning on the faucet (if you have your tomatoes in planters, consider using a standard garden hose. String the hose through your planters, coiling it around each plant, and poke a few small holes on the coiled sections and place a cap on the end of the hose).

It could also include placing tomato planters near the front door, back door or the driveway, so that you can just pick the ripe fruit as you are already walking past.

Anything you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on the things you don’t enjoy so that you can spend more time on the things you do will go a long way to making your gardening that much more fun and relaxing.

Now, go forth and automate.

Next time I’ll be discussing the whole point to this: Liberation.

[Read the next article in the 5 part series]

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