All these years of making New Year's resolutions have taught me one thing: they don't have much of a shelf life and are usually spoiled by February.
Undaunted, I will try again, resolving to make 2011 a better year -- in the garden.
Here are my 2011 garden resolutions. What are your garden resoltuions?
Now, if we could just just get Mother Nature to cooperate with our resolutions....
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Last spring, I was greedy for growth, and failed to cut back and pinch back where I should have. The result was a bit of a garden mess. This spring, I will show no mercy. Be warned sedums, helianthus and Joe Pye weed. I am coming for you.
Last summer, I tore up one of my beds and started over because I saw a garden that I coveted. Not this year. I will try to love my garden for its own self and be content with its appearance.
Last fall, I took the big step of enrolling in a Master Gardener's program under the University of Maryland Extension. I learned that I could still learn, and I resolve to take another garden-related course in 2011.
I didn't mulch last spring. I thought 27 years of wood chips was enough for one garden, so I gave mine the year off. It was a mistake. The weeds were unbelievable, and I had trouble maintaining hydration in the sunny gardens.
I resolve to weed in the winter. I learned that certain weeds are "winter annuals," and they will survive the cold and flourish in the spring.
I resolve not to buy any plants unless I have already selected an appropriate place for it, and no more rescuing dying plants off the sale table because the price is so attractive.
And finally, I resolve to thank my DH more often and more sincerely for the help he gives me in the garden.