The New Year is a chance to reflect on the year that passed and create goals for the upcoming year. How did your garden, patio, and backyard change during 2019? Did you accomplish some of your goals from last year, or did you blink, and before you knew it, the holidays were here? Whether you checked all of the items on your list or ended up a little behind, 2020 is your chance to focus on your garden. Winter is the perfect planning season, while you're stuck inside dreaming of spring. Once the ground thaws, you can start spending time in your garden again. Need some ideas for your 2020 gardening resolutions? Check out these goals and decide what you want to add to your to-do list for the new year.
Make your garden more sustainable
Each year we become more aware of our everyday choices and how they impact the environment as a whole. There are little things you can do to make your garden more sustainable and eco-friendly. Your garden can support an entire ecosystem right in your yard, from bees to rabbits. Your pond or fountain may be an essential source of freshwater for local animals and insects. Check out these sustainable gardening tips for more ideas on how to make your garden more sustainable.
Label your Plants
Planting seeds and seedlings are exciting, but sometimes we get so excited and eager to get our hands in the dirt that we forget to label our plants. It can take a while for young plants to mature and be recognizable. You can make your own DIY plant labels, so you know what plants are planted where, which makes it easier to monitor their growth and make sure they're taken care of in the right way.
Reuse your leaves in the fall
What did you do with your leaves last fall? Did you collect them and put them into a compost pile to use in the spring as nutrients for your plants, or did you throw them away? You can easily turn pesky fall leaves into gardening nutrients in the form of leaf mulch, leaf mold, and compost
Grow What You Eat
There are few things as satisfying as eating fresh fruit, vegetables, or herbs straight from your garden. They're as fresh, delicious, and free! Imagine getting to pick ripe tomatoes from your backyard. You can start small with a windowsill herb garden. Basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, and thyme are typically easy to grow. If you're new to growing your own food, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, bell peppers, and cucumbers are great for beginners. You can even grow many fruits, vegetables, and herbs in pots or containers! Don't forget to freeze extra fruits from the garden, so they don't go to waste and use them in a smoothie.
Dry Flowers and Herbs
If you have more herbs and edible flowers than you can eat, dry them and use them later on in the year! It's easy to dry herbs, just lay them on a baking sheet and bake around 180°F for two to four hours, checking on them every half hour or so to see if they're completely dried. Herbs will dry at different rates depending on the moisture level. Basil has higher moisture levels than rosemary and will take longer. Low-moisture herbs can sometimes air dry.
Add More Houseplants
Bring your garden inside. Many houseplants are great for improving air quality in the home like English ivy, snake plant, spider plant, and weeping fig. Houseplants help to purify the air while lowering your stress levels and improving your mood.
Incorporate More Water Features
Fountains are naturally calming; the sound of moving water is relaxing and helps us unwind. Smaller and more contained fountains can be placed on your porch or patio, while larger fountains like the disappearing fountains are an excellent addition to the garden. Some of our fountains double as planters like the Farmhouse, Athens, Seville, Verona, and Tijuana.
Visit a Local or Public Garden
When's the last time you spent time in a garden that wasn't your own? Take a trip to a local garden for planting inspiration. Walking around in nature is great for mental health and well being.
Eat More Meals Outside
Even if you don't have an outdoor table setup, you can make a picnic in your garden. Eating outside helps you to reconnect with nature and get out of your usual routine. Kids especially love the chance in the scenery.
Support Your Local Farmer's Market
Before heading to the grocery store, check out your local farmer's market. You may be surprised at what goods you will find. Some farmer's markets have fresh fruits, vegetables, and plants. Enjoy homemade treats like jam and honey from local vendors. Shop small first and support your local community.
The winter season can feel long for gardeners who can't wait until the weather warms up and they can start gardening outside again. Indoor gardening projects and planning for the upcoming year can tide you over during the cold weather. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you want for your 2020 gardening resolutions. Reflect back on what you accomplished in 2019 and decide what new projects you want to add this year.