Gardening Resolutions

The beginning of January is a fresh start, and many people pledge to do better than the year before. Are you making resolutions for the new year? In addition to the usual promises of working out and eating better, why not resolve to improve your outdoor space. You'll become a better gardener in the process, and your neighbors will be a little more envious of your lawn and garden.

Here are some gardening tips and resolutions to help kickoff your best gardening year ever:

  • Plant what you want. Don't feel the need to plant something just because you always have in the past. Plan ahead and replace your less-favorite plants with some you really love. After all, it is your garden.
  • Check your soil. Your soil is very important to your plants' livelihood and it's easy to check. Get a home test kit from your local home and garden store. You'll learn what you can do to improve your soil and which plants will thrive in it.
  • Take notes. What was the plant that didn't work out last year? Write down where you grew plants, when you fertilized and how much you watered. It will help you remember what worked and what didn't, making everything easier in the coming year.
  • Get organized! Clean out your tool shed so you know what you have and what you need. Don't forget to clean your tools, too!
  • Start from seed. Even if you start it in a pot in the winter and transplant it outside, there's nothing as rewarding as caring for a plant you started from seed.
  • Try something new. Have you always wanted to grow your own tomatoes or start a compost pile? There's no better time to try than this year.
  • Don't be afraid to learn. Take a class, read a book or find some other way to learn more about gardening. You'll be surprised what you can discover.
  • Finish what you start. Don't leave your patio or raised bed half-finished. Use this season to complete the work you've already started.
  • Spend time in your outdoor space. Make time to sit, relax and enjoy all your hard work.