Your garden is ‘asleep’ after a long growing season. Moreover, now that winter is upon us, it is the best time to plan for a spring garden. Make a promise to upgrade your garden next spring with these creative New Year’s resolutions.
Raise your right hand for these New Year’s gardening promises.
I promise to repot my overgrown indoor potted plants.
Indoor greenery adds beauty to your interiors and can help you breathe easier by purifying indoor air.
But an indoor plant can quickly outgrow its container. So, be sure to repot your plant in a slightly larger container. Typically, an additional one to three inches in width is best.
Repotting is essential because it will allow your plant to grow healthily and beautifully. Plus, it’s one of the easier gardening New Year’s resolutions to check off.
Learn more about repotting indoor plants here.
I promise to help the environment by practicing natural pest control.
Garden pests like aphids, mites, and lacewings eat the fruit and foliage of garden vegetables. Luckily, ladybugs love to make a meal of these annoying garden pests.
For organic gardeners, ladybugs are a top choice for natural pest control. So, if you’re looking to preserve your garden, consider adding ladybugs to your backyard.
Learn more about introducing ladybugs to your garden here.
I promise to weed my lawn and garden regularly.
Lawn weeds fall into two general categories: annual weeds and perennial weeds.
Annual weeds include bluegrass, crabgrass, and foxtail. Although annual weeds have a one-season growing cycle, they can sprout several times during the growing season.
Perennial weeds include crabgrass, quackgrass, bindweed, plantain, thistle, dandelions, and nutsedge. If they’re not properly removed, then they will likely reappear every spring.
Discover helpful tips and tricks about weeding your garden here.
I promise to beautify my front porch with hanging planters.
A hanging planter filled with flowers adds a bright, cheery accent to a front porch.
There are so many varieties of greenery to choose from. A few of our favorites include petunias, fuchsias, donkey’s tail, and verbenas.
When it comes to where you choose to hang the planter, that will depend on the plant’s light requirements. Does it need full sun, partial sun, or shade?
Although there are a few components to consider, creating hanging planters can be fun and rewarding. So, try and create a hanging planter to enjoy all season long.
Learn more about creating a hanging planter here.
I promise to upgrade my lawn and walkway with garden edging.
Garden flowers that sway into the path of a lawnmower blade risk a karate chop!
Garden edging separates your lawn from your flowers and landscape plants. It creates a barrier between lawn weeds from invading your flower beds.
Edging is sold in a wide range of hardscape materials, including stone, brick, steel, and natural wood.
Read up on how to add garden edging here.
I promise to start a compost bin.
Composting is an earth-friendly way to add vital nutrients to the soil. Not only does it increase soil fertility, but it also loosens compacted dirt and boosts soil porosity.
Although the thought of starting a compost bin may seem daunting, it’s very beneficial. Not to mention, it keeps food scraps from entering the landfill, and you can use its remaining nutrients to grow more food!
So, your reward will be a rich, earthy, organic matter that your plants will love. All of which are good things for your garden and you.
Check out more composting tips here.
Did you know? A gardening calendar can help you organize your gardening tasks (starting seeds, transplanting, and harvesting) and ensure a successful garden next spring. Moreover, it can hold you responsible for your New Year’s resolutions!