Lose weight, quit smoking… we’ve all heard the classic new year’s resolution. But as we move into 2019, why not consider what you can do differently in the garden this year? After all, if you’re passionate about gardening, it’s something you’re far more likely to stick to.
It’s important not to get stuck in a gardening rut by doing the same routine over and over again. Setting yourself a gardening new year’s resolution can be the perfect way of keeping things fresh and ensuring you’re giving your garden nothing but the best.
It may have taken us a while, but taking steps to minimise the impact we have on the planet is finally catching on! If you love your garden, there’s a chance you have a soft spot for nature in general. By doing your bit to protect it, you not only help the planet but reap the rewards of a healthier, more natural garden.
The easiest ways of reducing your carbon footprint from your back garden are by starting a compost heap and switching your petrol equipment to more eco-friendly, electric alternatives. Did you know that around 30% of your household waste can be composted, creating invaluable nutrients that can be recycled for your plants?
Okay, not everyone has space for a vegetable garden in their back garden. If you do, great! Growing more food at hope is a great way of cutting the cost of your grocery bill, cooking healthier, richer meals and—once again—lowering your carbon footprint.
But don’t worry if you’re a bit short on space: there are plenty of veggies that can be grown along borders or even in containers! There’s nothing that compares to eating potatoes, beetroot and radishes that you’ve grown yourself.
Gardening is great for having some peace and quiet while working on something that’s entirely your own. But there’s no harm in sharing your passion with others! Joining or starting a gardening community by volunteering at your local botanical garden or museum, for example, is a great way to meet like-minded people.
You can also get involved in an online community by starting a blog or Instagram account dedicated to your adventures in the garden. It’s an opportunity to reflect on everything you’ve achieved and share the results of your work with the world!
In our homes, we’ll often have a spring clean. But for gardeners, spring is a time of hard work, leaving no time to go through the shed and get rid of the dead weight. However, if you make a resolution now, you could have an organised shed and some upgraded tools by the time spring rolls around!
If you’ve had some of your equipment for several years, their technology may be outdated and causing you unnecessary strain. Even if you just treat yourself to a new pair of garden gloves, it’s worth it for the reinvigorated feeling it gives you.
We sometimes get so caught up in the aesthetics of our garden that we forget to think about its role in the local ecosystem. Birds, bees and butterflies all thrive off of plants that are naturally found in the area, so including more native plants in your garden brings more than just a nice feel!
It’s not all selfless, though. Native plants improve the quality of the soil they’re planted in and can bring down the water consumption of your garden by growing deep and extensive root systems.