While I generally avoid unrealistic goals like weight loss and fortune finding, I do like to make positive plans for times ahead. As I look back at what was great in 2019, I am looking forward to how things can get even better in 2020 with my top 10 garden resolutions. We get a fresh start every New Year. I can’t wait for spring!
- Grow more pollinator friendly
I am inspired by the efforts underway to plan gardens that support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. While sunflowers may not be my husband’s favorite, if environmentalist David Suzuki recommends them, I may need to plant more.
- Space and thin
Though it is difficult for me to pinch off plants, I know my tomatoes will grow better if they have more space. Never underestimate the importance of thinning and pruning in the garden and in life.
- Plant a pumpkin
I have been told that I will become more resilient if I practice failure. I failed miserably the last time I tried to grow pumpkins but heck, it has been 25 years so it is time to give it another try. If it doesn’t work out, I may grow a bit more resilient through practicing failure.
- Read seed packages more carefully
My husband is the reader of textbooks. I learn best by doing. Yes, I should check those planting conditions, zones and other recommendations more carefully before sowing. Practicing success is good too.
I started growing hostas 10 years ago because I was told they are very hardy. It is probably time for some splitting to help them thrive. Mark Cullen has some good tips for hostas and I am already past year 4 for maturity.
- Plant herbs
So far I just have chives out back but I would really like to try parsley, basil and rosemary. I will not grow cilantro, ever. I am part of gene pool that perceives cilantro as soap. Parsley will do just fine.
- Visit botanical gardens in my area more often
Since starting my blog in the fall, I have been visiting local botanical garden websites and following their social media. I need to get back to the Royal Botanical Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden in person soon.
- Garden tours
I have always been enchanted by the garden in front of the Stratford Festival Theatre. I have booked a garden tour for next summer so I can learn more from the experts who tend it. Take a tour near you or chat over coffee with a gardener you would like to know better.
- Set up a nice seating area
Gardening can be a lot of work. I need to spend more time enjoying the fruits of my labour! I am planning the best spot for my bistro table and chair so I can enjoy my morning coffee even more.
- Sharing is caring
I will share my successes and resiliency-building stories and photos with you. I hope you will share your suggestions with me in the comments as the year progresses.
If I reach at least some goals in 2020, I will grow in good ways and you can too. May you grow in happiness, love, and fulfillment in 2020 and may you, those you love and your garden always prosper.
May you continue to grow and bloom and share your gardening adventures in 2020!
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You too! Looking forward to your creative garden photos!