2011 is about to become a memory; I hope it was a year full of good ones for all of you. As we have at the beginning of most years we begin that time-honored task of making New Years resolutions, most of which we break by the end of the month. Who really gives up chocolate for good?
Gardeners can and should make resolutions, ones we can keep. A few that came to mind:
Be water wise.
Plant the right plant in the right place which realizes into less work for you the gardener and less stress on the plant
Be cautious with herbicides, pesticides, and other garden chemicals for the sake of the environment and beneficial insects.
Reuse, recycle, repurpose.
Compost leaves instead of putting them at the curb
Include vegetable crops in your planting, even in a container.
Help start a community vegetable garden or a flower planting in your neighborhood.
Use native plants in your landscape.
Plan your garden to attract bees, butterflies, and birds.
Interest and educate children in nature and gardening.
Help yourself, your family, and your community become more sustainable.
Work to make sure that our bodies of water–lakes, streams, creeks are clean and inviting.
Consider taking the Master Gardener Class. Through the class you will become an educator and a leader and help others with their knowledge of horticulture.
Happy New Year to all of you!