7 New Year's Resolutions Home Gardeners Will Love
Posted on January 04 2019
The New Year brings about many changes for a number of people – most popularly in terms of health and personal development, but did you ever consider setting any goals for your garden this year?
If not, you're in for a treat because we have several ideas for you that can take your garden to the next level in 2019. And if you have set some gardening goals for yourself, maybe this will inspire you to add just a few more!
Resolution 1: Make Your Own Compost
Compost is decomposed organic matter that feeds your soil. Food scraps and yard waste are typically used for composting and for good reason. These materials make up almost 30 percent of what we throw away so using them as ingredients for compost is a smart way to keep them out of landfills where they take up space and release a greenhouse gas called Methane.
This “Black Gold” as many gardeners like to call it, also provides a home for earthworms which only contribute further to healthy, nutrient-dense soil for your plants!
Resolution 2: Use Less Harsh Chemicals
As a gardener, it may be tempting to apply harmful pesticides, insecticides and other chemical-laden products to your plants when bugs and other pesky creatures make their way into your fruit and veggie patch, but there are always more environmentally sound and safer means to resolve common issues in your garden.
Our eco-friendly fertilizers, for example, are the perfect match for organic gardeners or anyone interested in giving toxic gardening products the heave-ho.
Resolution 3: Save Water
The average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day and 30 percent of that is used outside – around 15 percent is used for watering lawns and gardens!
You can conserve water in your garden by:
- Planting drought-tolerant plants (e.g. Succulents and Cacti)
- Repair leaks in hoses
- Water plants infrequently but deeply
- Consider Hydroponics or Aeroponics gardening methods
Resolution 4: Cover Your Soil With Mulch
Mulch is any material spread evenly over the surface of your soil. Blanketing your garden soil with mulch holds a myriad of benefits including:
- Retaining soil moisture and temperature
- Suppressing weeds
- Preventing soil erosion
Leaves, straw, mixed green waste and wood chips are all suitable choices for mulch.
Resolution 5: Spread Your Love of Gardening
The wonderful thing about gardening is that it often starts off as a hobby for many people but transforms into a rewarding lifestyle shortly after.
Whether you share your homegrown food with others, join a gardening club or give others insight into the magical world of gardening through social media like we do, encouraging others to grow their own can be just as gratifying as your seasonal harvests.
Resolution 6: Save Seeds for Following Seasons
Much like a good book, gardening is a gift that keeps on giving. Once you harvest your plants, you can remove the seeds from your produce to re-use in seasons to come.
You’ll want to make sure to wash and dry the seeds thoroughly before storing them to prevent any bacterial growth.
Resolution 7: Plant One Pollinator-Friendly Plant
You may be familiar with the phrase “Save the Bees” and although it may be a little worn out, it still rings true.
Bees and other pollinators are crucial for agriculture and healthy gardens. According to the USDA, 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators to help the plants reproduce. And more than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yields!
Below are just a few of the many pollinator-friendly plants, you can include in your garden to give these VIP (Very Important Pollinators) a haven that's buzzworthy:
- Shasta Daisies
We Can Help You Reach Your Garden Goals!
A healthy garden is one chock full of the right kinds of nutrients for your plants. Browse our fertilizer collections to see which one will work best for your homegrown goodies!
Don’t forget about the raw chemicals like Copper Sulfate that can be used as a natural fungicide for your plants or Sulfur Powder that can be used as a natural insecticide throughout your garden.
Together we can make your 2019 garden goals a reality.
Happy growing and a very Happy New Year!