I started doing this blog last year on June 19th. As well as the normal gardening related material I started to record each week the number of hours that we had spent working on the garden. This was partly out of interest but also because whenever we open the garden the number one question is “How long to you spend doing this? or other variations such as “This must be a full time job!” or “How many gardeners do you have?”.
To be honest I had very little idea apart from knowing we worked very hard in the run up to an opening day. So lets see what we did:
The chart shows hours by week with the red line a three week centered moving average to smooth out some of the peaks and troughs. The zero weeks reflect when we were away and no gardening was done.
Note that the hours are gardening hours not the many hours we spend enjoying the garden or indeed writing the blog!
I had always assumed that we spent long hours prior to an opening. This year it was on 14th June and this is reflected in the peak on the right of the chart. I had always assumed that after the opening the garden more or less looked after itself. Last year it was on June 20th and, apart from a holiday straight after, the hours continued around 20 hours a week up until the middle of November. So I have revised my assumptions.
December and January are relatively low at around 10 hours a week but given that the lawn does not need cutting then, typically 2 to 3 hours a week in summer, they remain quite high.
So, in summary we have:
|Week beginning June 10th||Total since June 19th 2016||Average per week|
an average of 19 hours a week.
The total size of our land is about 0.9 acres. The garden consist mainly of flower beds with a small vegetable area and a soft fruit cage. Over the years we have tried to make our garden relatively efficient. For example the lawns have long sweeping edges and have metal edging which makes cutting the grass easier etc. However, we do try to achieve succession planting which must increase the work load. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has recorded their hours.
And last but not least the hours for this week are:
|2017 Gardening Hours|
|Week beginning June 17th||Total 2017 to-date||Average per week|
From now on I shall report on a calendar year.