To win my war against the rabbits who seem to outwit every plan and strategy I come up with to keep them out of the vegetable garden. I just know I am smarter than they are and THIS will be the year that I get a decent harvest of green beans before they eat all the plants. And because it is winter and all things now seem possible in the summer garden, I will throw all caution aside and again try to plant edible soybeans, a crop which so far the rabbits have devoured completely nearly as soon as the seedlings emerged. That’s how confident I am that I will keep this resolution.
To only buy seeds that I am completely (mostly) sure I will sow this spring. There is a certain magic in seeds, isn’t there? You hold that little seed in your hand and wonder what it can become, even in one season. I find that seeds are irresistible in the winter time. The seed catalogs are full of adjective-laden descriptions and touched up photos of the plants they are to become and you convince yourself that in your own garden you can grow them, and they will look as pictured and be as described, even if you don’t have quite the proper light, soil or climate for them. I’m not saying I have ever bought seeds for plants that clearly would be inappropriate for my zone 5 garden, just that it would be easy to get seduced by the descriptions and pictures in the catalogs and be tempted to do so.
To use all the vegetables that I grow in my garden and not let any of them end up in the compost bin or be left hanging on the vine when we get the first frost of fall. I will eat what I can, preserve some of it for winter eating, and give away what I can’t eat. And, I will try some new varieties of each type of vegetable that I grow because last year I tried a new tomato called “German Johnson” and loved it so much that I saved some seeds for this year. So, there must be other varieties of vegetables that I should try, that I might find to be better than the “tried and true” varieties I plant each year. Yes, I will experiment in my garden!
To leave a few areas of the garden a little less tended so the garden fairies and flower sprites have a place to sleep during the day, undisturbed. At least when the weeds grow faster than I can pull them, that will be my reason for those out of control areas in the garden, those little wild spots that always seem so difficult to tame.
To pick more flowers to bring inside to enjoy and to plant more annual flowers just for cutting. I can have fresh flowers inside every week in the summer, if I spend just a few minutes cutting them and bringing them inside. Why is it that I only want those cut flowers inside in the winter, when it costs money to have them?
To take advantage of any decent day, when I am not working, to spend some time gardening, even if that day is after Thanksgiving and before Easter, when my natural inclination is to think “the garden is closed due to winter”. There is much that can be done on warm winter days in the garden, especially weeding and mulching. And, no, I did not write this one because I feel guilty for not having spent some time this past month outside, when we had so many nice days, perfect for being outside and tending the garden. Okay, maybe a little bit guilty…
And I won’t refer to gardening as ‘working in the garden’ because how can it be ‘work’ if it is enjoyable? That’s just a bad habit, an unclear means of communicating. I think it scares off non-gardeners from wanting to try to garden, because too often we refer to it as ‘work’. Would one say ‘working at my loom’? No, the weaver would say ‘weaving at my loom’. It should not be ‘working on my painting’, it should just be ‘painting’. It should not be ‘working on my wood carving’, it is just ‘carving’. Therefore, I resolve there should be no ‘working in my gardens’, just ‘gardening’ or ‘tending to my gardens’.
To not buy a new hoe unless it is substantially different from any other hoes I have, unless it is an antique hoe, or maybe one that is just enough different from the others I have, or it is a hoe that comes highly recommended. But only under those conditions will I get a new hoe.
To give anyone who visits my gardens a start or two of some plants. I’ve greatly benefited from and enjoyed pass-along plants, and so I want to ‘plant it forward’ for other gardeners or would-be-gardeners who come through my garden gate this year. I have plenty of plants that I could spare a divide or two of or a cutting from.
To overall enjoy my gardens all year long, however they turn out.
What are your New Year’s gardening resolutions?
Happy New Year from May Dreams Gardens