2015 Garden Resolutions

  • Allow time during the cold winter months to spend poring over seed catalogs
  • Consider the structure of the garden during the winter when limbs are bare prior to embarking on updated designs for garden beds
  • Determine pruning necessary and best times of year do it
  • Start seeds to save money, add varieties of crops
  • Extend growing season by utilizing cold frames, row shelters, greenhouses
  • Plant more edible crops to enjoy more fresh, healthy produce throughout the growing season
  • Research new recipes and cooking methods to use to add variety and spice up meals
  • Preserve more vegetables, fruits and herbs to enjoy through the long winter season
  • Harvest more flowers to enjoy in arrangements in the house
  • Share more and share with neighbors and food pantries
  • Compost food waste, garden waste and paper to amend soil
  • Refrain from using potentially harmful chemicals in yard
  • Conserve water by diverting water with rain barrels and rain gardens
  • Continue to reduce lawn area and recycle clippings on lawn rather than bagging for removal
  • Keep on top of weeding
  • Plant more native plants to welcome pollinators to the landscape
  • Consider needs of wildlife to when making landscaping choices
  • Plan for seasonsal color and blooms 
  • Add fragrant plant to the garden
  • Take time to “smell the roses”

  • “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, 
    drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. 
    Maybe this year, to balance the list, 
    we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…
    not looking for flaws, but for potential.” 
    ~ Ellen Goodman