Is Time An Issue? Take The Ten Minute Challenge With Me!

Apr 27, 2018


Life has been busy.

Between school, keeping up my garden, writing posts, working a part-time job, taking photos, editing the photos… you get the idea.

Since I’ve been so short on time, I took a brief stroll through my garden today to see what was happening. Can you believe that in just a couple of days my whole mid-spring garden has come to life?? There were flowers EVERYWHERE – but a closer look also revealed the same imperfections: weeds, landscape fabric showing through in the paths, erosion problems, mole and gopher excavations that caused the erosion, etc.


This got me to thinking: I need to spend some quality time getting my garden back in order.

The Cottage Garden Spring 2018

After a few hours’ worth of work, it looked great! The beds were weeded, paths were mulched, holes filled, and I even planted some ‘Purity’ Cosmos to fill in a bare spot in the back of the Cottage Garden. This just shows that a couple of hours can go a long way!


I think that is one of the most common misconceptions about gardening: it takes too much time. That is simply not the case. It can take a good deal of time if you have to care for a huge garden, but it doesn’t have to.


People also confuse the time spent working in the garden with the time spent waiting.


The time spent working in my garden, for instance (now that it is established), varies from one to seven hours a week. That is all the time I need to sow seed, do a quick pass over the beds looking for weeds, and water anything that is thirsty. Any time after that is extra time I spend enjoying my hobby. It’s not necessary, but it’s worth it to me.


The time spent waiting is the time it takes for my plants to mature and flourish. This can be anywhere from a month to a few years depending on what kind of plant we’re talking about and what the growing conditions are like. This doesn’t require you to be there except to help direct the plant’s growth as needed.

Part of my mission (as I’ve repeated many times on this site) is to encourage young and budding gardeners to dig in and get dirty.

I feel that many people are afraid to become a gardener because of the “huge time commitment” involved.

Don’t be afraid.

I didn’t start off gardening for hours a week.

It came over time, and if I can do it, so can you!

Alright, Here’s the Challenge:

Start off by making a commitment, say, 10 minutes a day for six days this week.

If you follow through with it, you’ll have spent a whole hour in nature!

Here are some simple tasks you could spend your time on:

  • Weeding an existing bed
  • Digging a new bed
  • Planting flowers or vegetables in containers
  • Raking leaves
  • Dreaming about your future garden (yes, this is important!)
  • Planting herbs in your garden
  • Sowing seeds

And the list goes on.

Give it a try! You’ll find it liberating to reconnect with nature and become more interested as time goes on.


You can count me in. I’ll even post about it on Instagram each day for accountability. 🙂

Will you take the 10 Minute Challenge with me?

P.S. – Don’t forget to share this post and invite others to take on the challenge!



  1. Hi Travis,

    What a great idea, especially for beginning gardeners who often seem to get overwhelmed by routine maintenance, or who start out a bit too ambitious and can’t keep up, so they get discouraged. Persistence and patience are virtues gardening will teach you if you don’t already have them!

    I’m afraid I fall into the category of overly-obsessed gardeners who spend a lot more than ten minutes each day on my plantings… meanwhile, the barn needs painting, that closet I started building last year needs to be finished, etc etc etc.

    I’m really glad you included “dreaming” as an activity… sometimes the thing I enjoy the most is just staring at the plants and absorbing their wonder. And particularly at this time of year when everything changes hour by hour in the run-up to summer.

    Thanks for another great post!

  2. Theresa Mitchell says:

    Great Challenge especially for folks that work. Now retired, my just ten minutes in the garden turn into one to two hours but I love every minute of it. At the end of the day it’s so nice to look at your accomplishments.

  3. J says:

    Hi Travis … Love this post ! One of the things I enjoy is that I always lose track of “Time” when I am in the garden because I am happily “in the moment”.


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