Simple tasks/tips for un-helpful helpers?
Does anyone have any ideas on ways to include non-gardners in the garden?
I have roommates who, despite my best efforts to include them, are completely uninterested in gardening for months and months, and then, with no warning and always when I am not around, decide to "clean up" or "trim" something. There are many lost plants and ruined projects (and wasted money) that are casualties of their "help".
Unfortunatly, my roommates are stubborn adults who have never had a garden before and don't know what they are doing. It's very frustrating - I don't want to tell them not to touch anything ever, but they are simply not interested in learning how to garden! Perhaps they think they already know how, as I have always somewhat fixed their mistakes and they have never seen the consequences of their actions.
I have a theory that they simply want to spend time outside and "clean" and "trim" just to keep busy.
Any thoughts? Does anyone have any favourite tasks or tips or psyc 101 tricks to keep my roommates busy and involved, but the damage down?