New Year's Resolutions For The Garden
It's that time of year when lots of people like to make a fresh start; New Year's Resolutions is the name we give these harbingers of change in our lives.
Unsurprisingly, many resolutions are broken in January, but some psychologists believe that the key to sticking to New Year's resolutions is to make them positive!
We've come up with five small resolutions for an even better garden in 2017, there is a mixture of plans and fun, new ideas to try. Gardening needn't be a chore!
A cutting garden may seem like a tall order in a small garden, so instead, grow some blooms that look good in a vase inbetween your other plants in a flower border.
There are many benefits of having a compost heap; it recycles waste, reduces landfill and makes nutrient-rich material for your garden at almost no cost.
Did you know up to 30% of your household waste can be composted? There's no need to throw away all those nutrients from vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, shredded paper, garden clippings etc. The nutrients can be put back into the soil to aid stronger growth and more flowers.
Why not make 2017 the year you finally grow a plant you have always wanted to try? Gardening should be fun and exciting - try growing something wild, wacky or long-wished for.
So, when your experiment with a new plant doesn't work out as you'd hoped, at least you've learnt what doesn't work in your garden, or maybe that you don't like the taste of it!
It's a tedious and time-consuming job, but water gets into bare timber, freezes and expands, warping and splitting the wood. In this instance, prevention is key - preserving wood now will save you time, money and elbow grease replacing it in the future.
Remember to cover the tops of posts and panels, as these are most affected by standing water. It's a small resolution that can make a big difference.
There's an old saying, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago". The second best time is now. If you have small children, I definitely recommend doing it now - you can see the tree grow alongside them.
It is advisable to research into the right tree for your garden, you need to ensure it will be happy in the site and space you have available and will have in the future.
If you make just one gardening New Year's resolution this year, make it this one: I will find more time to enjoy my garden!