Posted By: Michelle Kuehler /
What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2012? Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds, get more organized or quite that nasty smoking habit but what about your garden? What will you resolve to do in 2012 to make your garden flourish this year?
Keep up on your Weeding
Weeds compete with your garden for light, water and fertilizer and are all but impossible to rid of once they are established. This year, vow to nip those weeds in the bud…or seedling with a hula hoe. This will save yourself time and will save your garden plants from struggling to find the things that it needs.
Cater to your Soil
Test your soil and fertilize accordingly. Try Nature’s Balance 231 which regulates your soil PH and breaks down nutrients in the soil for you plants to use. Also, mulch in the spring if you did not in the winter. Mulch protects your plants from frost in the cold months and regulates soil temperature, controls weeds and prevents water loss in hot months.
Plant with Purpose
Incorporate more edibles into your garden this year. Fresh, homegrown produce is great for your body, your wallet and the environment when extra produce does not need to be transported. If you don’t have room in your garden for edibles, consider forming or joining a community garden and share the wealth!
Cut Down on you Water Usage
Turn off your sprinkler system when it is raining, grow more draught resistant plants and install a drip irrigation system to control watering. If you’re feeling really green this year, you can also try using a rain barrel which extracts water from your gutter downspout and collects it until it is ready to be used.
Try Alternatives to Pesticides
Keep your garden, children and pets healthy this year with a pest free, disease free and chemical free garden. Start by clearing your garden of dead plants and weeds which are breeding grounds for insects. Rotate your crops and plant a variety of plants including herbs, many of which fend off insects due to their pungency, and plants that attract pests’ natural predators, such as cosmos, sunflowers and marigolds.
Lastly, keep your plants healthy
Healthy plants are better able to defend themselves from pests and disease. Try organic fertilizers from Miracle Grow, Fox Farm or try Grow Big 521 to help your plants grow big and strong. If your plants are overtaken by pests, there is usually a very simple and organic cure. Just spray the infected plant with a mixture of soapy water. This should kill of the pests while keeping your garden unharmed.
These garden resolutions may seem like a lot of work but it will all be worth it when your garden is healthy and blooming and hey, you said you wanted to shed a few pounds this year, too. All of that work should take care of it! Happy New Year!