Garden-Related Resolutions For The New Year

By Mary Ellen Ellis | December 31, 2020
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by Mary Ellen Ellis
December 31, 2020

I love making New Year’s resolutions. While I set goals all year long, there is something magical about the promise of January 1. It represents a fresh start and a chance to set your sights high. As a gardener, I tend to make garden-related resolutions along with more personal goals.

Last Year’s Gardening Resolution

In 2019, I was determined to take care of one bed that had been bothering me for years. It may seem like a silly resolution, but I decided on January 1, 2020 to finally tear out the messy ornamental grass I had come to despise.

I had let it go for so long because it didn’t look that bad and I knew it would be a back-breaking chore. Last year, I finally did it. It took a day of hard work and then a few more days to buy new plants and put them in. It felt so good to get that done and checked off my list.

My Garden-Related Resolutions for 2021

2020 has been a rough year. My way of coping is to get outside as much as possible. Now that it’s cold and the garden is sleeping, I have turned my attention to dreaming about spring. I am planning next year’s garden and coming up with my gardening resolution list. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Again, it sounds like a small thing, but I have been wanting to grow sunflowers for years. 2021 is my year to make it happen.
  • I also resolve to try and use more native species. I can do better when it comes to selecting plants.
  • Perhaps most importantly, I plan to prioritize time spent outside. I tend to get busy, or a little lazy, but I never regret deciding to go work in the garden for an hour. Next year I will choose the garden over watching TV more often. 
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