I bet if you did your research, you would find that more lettuce is eaten the first week of January than any other week in the year. We convince ourselves THIS will be the year we will stick to our lofty goals. Sure you will.
After saying all that, I cannot resist setting my own gardening "goals" (sounds more attainable than "resolutions") for the new year. It kick starts my enthusiasm to start planning as we enter the dead of winter. A chance to dream of spring and emerging bulbs.
So without further ado, I give you my five step gardening plan for 2012:
1. Expand, expand, expand - As I've mentioned previously, I live on a large lot (2+ acres) that was a blank canvas when we moved in back in 2004. It's been a slow process to expand the garden out into the yard. I blame it on lack of time, the fear of deer and poorly draining soil. As a result, I have way too much lawn to maintain:
This is the view out of the back of my home and for years I've planned on creating a woodland garden underneath the only mature tree on my property. I'm thinking benches and deer resistant shrubs and grasses:
So it is time to dedicate myself to moving beyond the garden beds that surround the house:
No more. I'm imagining rosemary, thyme, cilantro, chives, tomatoes, etc. I mean seriously, my wife is a world class cook and I'm not providing her with the necessary fresh ingredients.
4. Give up on the plants I know will not thrive - It is all about survival of the fittest and if you can't keep up, you're gone. So ...
Good bye Phlox paniculata:
Good bye Weeping Cherry Tree:
Good bye daylillies:
And good bye Geranium 'Brookside':
5. Visit more gardens and get my ass inspired - For reasons unknown, I have not taken advantage of all of the public gardens at my disposal and that is a friggin shame. I'm missing out on so much and that needs to change. This past summer, I finally made my way to the New York Botanical Garden and what an experience it was. I felt energized by all of the displays and was immediately inspired to experiment:
Happy new year to you all and we'll do this again in 2012!