Lazy-Ass Gardening: Maximize Your Soil, Minimize Your Toil by Robert Kourik

Lazy-Ass Gardening: Maximize Your Soil, Minimize Your Toil

byRobert Kourik

Paperback | March 19, 2019

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In this lively and inspiring book, veteran horticulturalist Robert Kourik (aka “Bob”) unfolds his manifesto of “Inspired Laziness”—using efficiency and forethought to create gardens and landscapes with a lot less work and a lot more enjoyment.

By following Kourik''s relaxed and readable guidance, both beginning and accomplished gardeners will discover how to save time and money, enrich their soil, increase their yields, and reduce their effort, all while absorbing “Bob’s” philosophy of kicking back and growing more good times.

Drawing on over four decades of immersing himself in horticultural work (and writing about it), Robert shares his hard-won secrets for the easiest planning, planting, cultivating, landscaping, irrigating, de-pestifying, and finding enjoyment in settings ranging from window-box herbs to showy ornamental plantings to the now-classic “edible landscape.”

In Lazy-Ass Gardening, you’ll learn how to:

  • Ease into gardening, if you’re a newbie.
  • Figure out which edibles to raise, with a careful selection of the most care-free varieties and tips for easy growing.
  • Lay out your garden to balance effective growing area with space for enjoyment, relaxation, and play.
  • Cultivate creatively to grow your own nutrients and build healthy self-sustaining (no-till) soil for the future.
  • Attract the best pollinating insects and deter hungry pests.
  • Plan your “hardscape” (paths, patios, arbors, etc.), for an easy-care (and more fun) aspect of your yard or garden.
  • Choose the right plants for your landscape, climate, soil, and water supply, not to mention your aesthetic and nutritional needs.
  • Learn how to develop a personal garden that manifests your own eccentricities.
  • Grow more, stress less.


During the 1976 California drought, Robert started one of the first organic garden-maintenance businesses in the country. Taking to heart lessons administered with great enthusiasm by the School of Hard Knocks, he progressed into landscape design. Over a 40-year period, focusing primarily on horticultural methods known variously a...
Title:Lazy-Ass Gardening: Maximize Your Soil, Minimize Your ToilFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 11 X 8.6 X 0.4 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 11 X 8.6 X 0.4 inPublished:March 19, 2019Publisher:Metamorphic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0961584874

ISBN - 13:9780961584870

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

“A survey a few years ago by the Garden Writers Association of America uncovered that gardeners in our country want to spend less time working in the yard. On average, a homeowner want to spend no more than an hour per week tending to their outdoor spaces. How to accomplish that? Eliminate, elevate, automate. Those are garden words to live by. Get rid of troublesome plants, and perhaps add a permanent patio and pathways. Large lawns are a major outdoor labor time suck. Raised beds solve a lot of garden problems, such as slow-draining soil. Drip irrigation systems, combined with a “smart” irrigation control system, goes a long way to freeing up your day for other pursuits. Those, and other time-and-labor saving strategies are emphasized and explained in Robert Kourik’s latest book, Lazy-Ass Gardening. In this book, Kourik emphasizes how you can save yourself a lot of time and grief by employing some common sense strategies. One of my favorites: walk through your neighborhood and note which plants are successful. Nothing wrong with copying a good idea! There’s nothing “lazy” about planning out a functional, easy to maintain garden. That’s smart landscaping! Robert Kourik’s Lazy-Ass Gardening will show you how.”–Fred Hoffman, producer/host, KFBK Garden Show