Read on these logical Gardening Resolutions for New Year that will guide you to have a beautiful landscape in all seasons for 2022!
Follow these Gardening Resolutions for New Year to have a head start in the right direction towards gardening for 2022 and keep your yard and plants thriving in the coming months!
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Gardening Resolutions for New Year
1. Go Organic
Go organic this year to have a safe food source for pollinators and have no side effects on your own health, too.
Use copper rings around plants for repelling slugs. Fix a fine metal gauze over fruits or vegetable crops for deterring birds, caterpillars, and flies instead of pesticides.
Switch to neem oil in place of chemical pesticide sprays. As neem oil is biodegradable and non-toxic to fish, birds, and other wildlife.
2. Save Natural Resources by Collecting Rainwater
Improve the health of your garden plants by collecting rainwater—join a rainwater butt to a downpipe for storing the rain. Use this to water your garden in spring.
The pH of rainwater is more appropriate for plants compared to tap water, mainly if you are living in a region with hard water. It is also free of calcium.
3. Reduce Plastic Use
The majority of gardening things turn out in landfills, where plastic containers take 500-600 years to decompose. You can go plastic-free by trying these options:
- Swap plastic plant labels with slate or bamboo or just recycle lollipop sticks.
- Purchase biodegradable containers that are made up of bamboo, coir, or seaweed.
- Instead of using plastic strings, use natural hemp or jute and save your veggies and fruits with metal mesh as an alternative to plastic netting.
4. Lessen Lawn Space
Lawns require high maintenance, need two to three times more water than a landscape with wildlife and native plants. Modifying part of your lawn with potted perennials and shrubs will reduce time with lawnmowers, re-seeding, fertilizing, and watering.
5. Promote Wildlife
Song thrushes, sparrows, and hedgehogs can be invited to your garden by providing them with food and shelter. Boosting biodiversity is an easy task that increases the beauty of your garden. Follow these simple ways for this project;
- Compost, woodpiles, and trimmings can be used as a spot for bumblebees, slow worms, and small animals for the shelter.
- Fill the borders with shrubs and flowering plants as it will supply food for bees and butterflies. Also, it will provide a home to birds and small mammals.
- Include water features like a small pond for creating surroundings for frogs and amphibians to garden birds.
- Climbing plants on walls or fences create roosting spots for birds. You can select plants like honeysuckle for this purpose.
- Install a bat house as their population is decreasing these days. A shelter will give them a place to give birth and raise the young. Bats are beneficial as they eat up to 1200 mosquitoes per hour and their poop (guano) is also the best fertilizer for your garden.
6. Start Composting
Prioritize composting in the new year resolution list, as it promotes natural recycling of nutrients and becomes a shelter for wildlife in the winter months. Do not use plastic compost bins, and select an economical FSC-certified wooden compost box.
7. Make a Comfy Spot
Gardening has a positive impact on the mind and health. Designing a garden with a peaceful and therapeutic space will benefit the entire season. For this purpose keep in mind the below points:
- Sustainability: Make your own compost, grow veggies, and try small DIY projects like a birdhouse or water feature. You will experience a more satisfactory feeling by doing this.
- Seating: Install a bench on your favorite spot in the garden for sitting and relaxing in the lap of nature.
- Sensory Stimulation: Hang a wind chime or include a water feature for a soothing background sound. Grow fragrant plants near your sitting area in the garden. Magnolia, hyacinth, wisteria, and sweet peas all spread amazing fragrances. You can see many more names here!
8. Work from Garden
Continue your work from home job in 2022 from the office in a shed or ‘shoffice’—it will give you a peaceful working environment. It comes in various sizes and shapes, from custom-made garden rooms to wooden summerhouses.
9. Be Peat Free
Peat mining releases carbon in the atmosphere, spoils wildlife and the local ecosystem, and has an adverse effect on the environment. Peat-free options that can be opted for are coconut coir, wood fiber, bark, and wool. You can check the label for peat-free or buy online.
10. Make Weeding a Routine
Weeds suck essential nutrients and light from the plant quickly. Frequent weeding around plants can control weed growth. Give 10 minutes to this before doing any other gardening chores, and soon you will see the difference!
11. Include Native Plants in Your Garden
Whether trees, shrubs, or flowers, natives adjust comfortably to your environment. They are easy to grow and have fewer demands for fertilizer and water. Native plants also help to provide shelter to local bird species, pollinators, and other beneficial insects.
12. Grow More Food
This new year, make a resolution to grow your own food in the garden. You don’t need to have a big yard to do it as there are many vegetables and fruits you can grow in pots. You can also grow herbs as well! As commercial food is less flavorful and chemically treated, it is an excellent idea!