by Connie Oswald Stofko
We’re coming up to the end of the year, a time when we look back at the previous year and make plans for the future. What will you do differently in your garden next year?
Here are my gardening resolutions for 2020. Please share yours by leaving a comment below.
When I buy plants, I will get them in the ground quickly.
To me, “as soon as possible” often means “when I get around to it.”
Plants that you buy in small containers, especially six-packs (the ones that hold six plants), need to be watered often. If I don’t water them enough while they are waiting to be transplanted into the ground, the poor plants are stressed — or they die.
I’m not sure why I procrastinate, but next year I resolve to make it a priority to get those plants into the ground right away.
I am going to buy one really big planter
I love planting in containers. I can change them from year to year, and more important, I can move them around. We might have to replace a sewer line in our front yard at some point, so while I have chosen a spot that would be good for a garden, I’m going to stick to containers for a while. It’s easier to move a bunch of pots than it is to dig up a mature garden bed.
While smaller pots are easier to move than large pots, and smaller pots are cheaper, I am going to buy a really big planter this year.
The larger pots look better in a large area. You don’t have to water them as often. And if you want to grow larger plants, including shrubs, you need larger, deeper containers.
I will focus on my flowers instead of the weeds.
Yes, you have to stay on top of the weeds so they don’t get out of control. But if I’m just sitting in the yard eating dinner, am I enjoying the flowers and the birds and butterflies, or am I noticing only the weeds? I resolve in 2020 to enjoy my garden!
What are your gardening resolutions for 2020? Please share by leaving a comment below.