I almost don't feel I need to make new year's resolutions for the garden. I'm constantly thinking about how I can improve some area of the garden or what I'm going to add or do differently next year. These are things I like to think about and do and they are automatic for me. They're different from resolutions, which always seem to me to be vows to do something that's good for you but difficult and often not fun.
But in any case, I have been doing lots of planning these last few months... I just haven't had time to tell you about it yet. Here's what I've been thinking about:
- I will mulch more.
- I will stop buying perennials. I have no more space. (But because I can't stop, instead, I will be buying them for my brother's new front garden this year! Fun, fun, fun!)
- I will take better care of the lawn. It's a small one and hence gets lots of concentrated foot traffic. I've never bothered to do much with it in the past but it's really showing. The only reason I care is because the lawn makes a nice foil for the garden. I'm planning to aerate this spring and really should be doing it every year. I've also been planting clover into the lawn and will continue to do so. Dandelions are dug by hand... or not dug at all...
- I will grow more food. With not very much sun on my heavily-treed lot, I have wanted to do this in the past but didn't have the right spot. Until now. We built raised beds last fall and I've already ordered lots of veggie seeds to fill them with. More on this soon!
- I will get the family in the garden more. The kids already have lots of fun out there - they pick cherry tomatoes for snacks and know about ornamental grasses and which flowers the bees like. If they're interested this year, I will give them each their own little plot of dirt to grow whatever they like. And if I can get my hubby to water the veggies once in a while, I'll be happy!