Published: January 2, 2013
Every year I resolve to be a more diligent gardener: This year, I mean it.
Usually, my New Year’s gardening resolutions begin with: Stay on top of weeding. But last year, I experimented with alternative gardens — square foot gardens, plastic bag gardens — that virtually vanished weeds from my vegetable patch.
So, this year, I’ve got time to work on the other resolutions on my list.
- Grow only what I’ll eat, instead of planting seven kinds of lettuce and letting it spoil in my vegetable crisper.
- Hang gardening tools on my potting bench every day, rather than letting them rust in the rain.
- Prune, feed, and spray my roses all summer, not just at the beginning of the season.
- Dig up summer bulbs and store them for winter, instead of letting them rot, and then buying new ones.
- Do what it takes — compost, stake, feed — to grow a decent tomato.
- Don’t give gardening advice to my neighbor unless he asks, then keep quiet when he ultimately does it his own way.
What plans do you have for your garden this year?