But if you are eager to make some positive changes in 2017, don’t forget about your garden!
Whether you’ve made your own list or maybe you’re still thinking about it, these are just a start to get you thinking about even small improvements you can make in your garden that will also make a positive impact on your life—and even the planet.
In the spirit of new beginnings and a fresh new outlook on 2017, these are seven gardening resolutions we’ve got in mind for the new year.
- Plant native plants. They have the very best chance to thrive in local weather and soil conditions, which means they can also adapt to periods of stressful weather, such as drought or bitter cold. Even better, they attract native pollinators and birds.
- Get serious about composting. You’ll get the benefit of reducing trash sent to the landfill, while helping build nutrient-rich soil in which your plants can thrive. Rather than using synthetic fertilizers, compost improves soil structure and water retention, and you can start small to get these big returns.
- Reduce water usage. Conserve the water supply by making every drop count. Collect rainwater in barrels to use to fill up watering cans. Add a timer to your irrigation system so it doesn’t keep running if you forget to turn it off. Resolve to make little changes to work in harmony with nature!
- Plant more herbs. Not only will this help you save money on grocery bills, but using fresh instead of dried will enhance to taste of the foods you cook. They’re easy to grow, and they add color and scent to your garden—or even small containers in your home or on your patio.
- Take care of yourself. Gardening tasks sometimes involve a lot of repetitive motions. Save your muscles and joints by taking regular breaks or switch up your tasks often. Also consider labor-saving techniques, such as selecting disease-resistant plants and using ergonomic gardening tools.
- Start gardening if you haven’t already! Gardening is good for you! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moderate exercise, such as gardening, can reduce the risk of many physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It’s proven to reduce depression, save money, translate into healthier eating and so much more. And if you’re ready to take your gardening to the next level, set your sights on a sunny spot in your yard and invest in a greenhouse!
- Enjoy your garden more! If you’re already well-versed in all the benefits of gardening, resolve to enjoy it even more. Whether you take regular walks through it, stop and smell the flowers or even admire your handiwork, make time to cultivate gratitude for the little things—in and out of your garden—this year.
Have questions on how to make the most of your garden or even how to get started? Call us at 1-800-531-4769 and let our friendly representatives help you today or visit our website at www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com!