Gardening Goal Ideas for the New Year

At the beginning of every year we have our own personal New Year’s resolutions, most are fun and full of promise and hope. Some are often about health, growth, and checking things off your bucket list. Since the pandemic a resolution that has become more common is spending more time outdoors and that means coming up with a few gardening and landscaping goals.

This could look something like starting a garden, joining a community garden, or developing your landscaping. Regardless if you have a green-thumb or new to gardening, read our ideas for some New Year gardening and landscaping goals.

  1. Add a New Edible - If you already have a garden, adding a new variety of veggie or fruit would be a good place to start. For example, if you already have root crops growing, adding a similar vegetable may be a good place to start.
  2. Start a Container Garden - This works best if you don’t have a lot of space to build your own garden. All you need is a sunny spot (porch, balcony, stoop, or windowsill) to allow what you want to plant to grow. Small pots on your windowsill, tubs filled with greens, and hanging baskets all count as container gardening. This is a great first step towards taking control over your own food sources.
  3. Grow Something You Have Been Putting Off - Growing certain things can be a little tricky, you may have tried and failed to grow something in the past. But, if you have an already thriving garden, and you feel like challenging yourself then try growing whatever it is you’ve been putting off.
  4. Start a Pollinator Garden - Pollinator gardens are a great place for many birds, insects, and other small mammals, not just pollinators. However, certain pollinators are attracted to specific species of plants. Learning about what wildflowers are native to your area is essential if you want to start a pollinator garden. You can even try to find plants that bloom at different times of the year so the pollinators have a food source all year round.

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