5 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners
With a new year rapidly approaching, it’s time to start brainstorming how you want your brand-new year to look when the clock strikes twelve. If you have a green thumb, you may be searching for ways to improve your garden this year. Here are five inspiring resolutions to help you and your garden start on the right foot:
1. Get Organized
Getting organized may not sound exciting, but you’ll need a system that works for you to make your garden truly special — and easier to maintain. Planning ahead for each season ensures you’ll never forget important tasks like planting certain flowers, herbs, or vegetables at the right moments.
Kick off this resolution by sitting down and thinking about the tasks you need to accomplish in your garden. Take each task and assign it to a category. For example, there are some things you might do daily, while there are others that you’ll only do once in spring.
Because caring for a garden can be a lot of work, finding an organizational system that works for you will keep you from getting overwhelmed and make it more likely that you’ll stick with any other resolutions you come up with.
2. Start Composting
If you’ve been thinking about trying composting, there’s no better time to start than with the new year! Composting is much easier than you may think.
You can make a DIY composting bin or invest in smaller composters — some models even fit on your kitchen counter. It’s an eco-friendly way to boost your garden’s nutrients and put kitchen scraps and yard waste to use.
And while you’re at it, you can add other sustainable gardening practices like installing a rain barrel to your New Year’s resolutions!
3. Tackle That Project
Most avid gardeners have that weekend project they keep telling themselves they don’t have any time for. But it’s a new year and a new you — now’s the time to make time! Carve out a spot in your busy schedule to take care of a challenging project that breathes new life into your garden.
If you just can’t fit that project into your schedule, consider letting professional landscaping services handle it for you. You don’t have to do without the garden of your dreams due to time constraints. Outsource the project to professionals so you can tend to your outdoor space on your terms.
4. Enjoy Your Space
For gardeners, it can be easy to get caught up in all the tasks and maintenance involved in keeping a garden. In the process, you may overlook one of the most important benefits of gardening: having an outdoor space to relax in and enjoy.
Aim to spend more time with the fruits of your labor this new year. Whether it means just taking more casual strolls through your garden or adding a patio so that you can spend more time outdoors before work, make enjoying the space you work so hard to cultivate a priority.
What’s so beneficial about spending more time outside? Even just twenty minutes in nature can significantly lower your stress levels and boost your mood. And just imagine how much better you’ll feel when you see your hard work blooming into something beautiful. Stop and smell the roses — you deserve it!
Perhaps you’ve spent the past few years being all about flowers, or you’ve only ever grown vegetables in your garden. This year, mix it up! If your garden is primarily ornamental, consider adding some easy-to-grow vegetables or herbs, like radishes or basil. Growing your own food at home can be immensely gratifying.
You won’t always need a dedicated plot for your vegetables, either. Many of them grow quite comfortably in containers and pots. If you can successfully grow flowers, you can easily care for some radishes or tomatoes.
If vegetables are your typical go-to, try incorporating flowers that attract beneficial insects, or consider adding fruit trees to diversify your produce.
Level Up Your Garden This New Year
A new year is ripe with new possibilities for gardeners. Keep in mind that you don’t need to commit to all of these resolutions at once — choose one or a few, do them well, and try the others the following year.
One of the best ways to accomplish your gardening New Year’s resolutions is through professional landscaping services. Contact us today to get started!