5 Garden Goals for the New Year

While most of us are still recovering from the holidays; still putting away decorations, and deciding what to do with all the unwanted mail we received, you might actually be happy about the gardening catalogs you received along with your holiday mail. And, like me, you might really be looking forward to the rest of gardening catalogs to come in the next month or two.

As I have written before, while I stopped making New Yearís resolutions years ago, I do tend to make gardening resolutions because I find inspiration when the catalogs start arriving in my mail box. But, rather than call them resolutions, I prefer to think of them as goals for my garden. For some reason, it seems easier for me to achieve them that way. With that in mind, here are a few to get you started.

Make a plan.

Know where you are going and where you want to go during each season so you wonít be stuck with extra work when it comes time to switch from cool season crops to warm season crops, and back again. I teach both new and experienced gardeners and cannot stress the importance of this. No matter how long you have been gardening, if you donít plan, you will find yourself feeling overwhelmed and might just throw in the trowel.

Don’t over commit.

This means donít overdo or think that just because you have an entire acre that you have to plant it all at once. Donít design a landscape that requires more time to maintain than you have available. Start small. You can always add more later, gradually adding new plants, new hard scape, etc. Just remember to keep it doable. Overdoing will make you stop gardening. Or worse, hate gardening.

Do something new.

Learn something new, plant something new, or try some new tool. It doesnít have to be exotic, expensive, or time consuming, just something to ďshake things upĒ for yourself and to keep you motivated to garden.

Be a consistent gardener.

This one is really for me; I am so busy teaching others to garden or tending to other gardens, that my own garden is sadly neglected and is an embarrassment to me. I find myself doing what I tell people not to do: letting it dry out, not feeding the soil, not weeding, and not planting at the right time. It does no good to do all that planning if you donít follow through on a consistent basis.

Lastly, as I include with everything I write about gardening: have fun! If you make it too much like work, you will avoid it. I know thatís what happens to me. Remember donít be too hard on yourself, and be realistic. Instead of focusing on just the negative, like what went wrong in your garden, think about what you have accomplished. The fact that you get out there and actually grow some of your own food or favorite flowers is something to be proud of.

Do you have garden goals? I would love to hear what other people have planned, so please share them in the comments section.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

william B.
william B4 years ago

I am wanting to set up a garden on the back patio. its different for me because i'm used to having a yard.

Eileen Mary P.
Eileen P4 years ago

I'm going to do some gardening this year. That'll be a change!

Past Member 4 years ago

OK, I admit it... there isn't that much of a plan.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

Good tips, thanks.

Corey Brideau
Corey Brideau4 years ago

it sucks living in the maritimes for gardening you got the smallest window of opportunity lol

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you

Irina Brenner
Irina Brenner4 years ago


Angela K.
Angela K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Marie Squire
Marie Squire4 years ago

thank-you for the post