We started out with about 8 resolutions for the upcoming garden season, and pared them down to three.
'Be more organized' and 'keep better records' have had enough time on the list already, either that will happen or it won't.
'Buy less seeds'- forgetaboutit.
Some other ridiculous expectations got scratched as well.
Let's be serious.
After all, this is gardening- if it ain't going to be fun, then it is a chore.
So instead, and without further eloquence, we will:
1. Try not to expand, again.
They say when you are changing a behavior, you should never use the word 'try', it is weak and you should be more assertive.
Like we will not expand the garden.
But seriously, that is just dooming oneself to certain failure.
This year, though, we are looking at simplifying in certain ways; so rather than expand out like we have been, we are going to give in a bit and grow more vertically.
That will be a little easier physically, and involve less time as well.
2. Garden with more perennials.
With some additional fruit trees, canes and brambles, we can assure ourselves and our family of a year's supply of fruit; that is if we use more of the space in the roadside garden previously taken by annual edibles.
Last year we doubled our horseradish barrels, increased our rhubarb plants, and added an expanded area for walking onions.
We also added an additional sunchokes bed, somewhat by accident.
Hey, perhaps it was meant to be.
This year we want to incorporate some additional items, including Lovage, French Sorrel, Good King Henry- a plant related to spinach but eaten more like asparagus, Sea Kale and Ramps.
We are also looking into more pots of herbs.
The more the garden can grow itself, the better.
3. Add more flowers.
It was just a few years ago that most of our flower beds were lost during construction.
Now we have a wonderful front porch instead, but its time to take another look at building areas to feed the soul.
Years ago my Dad made a chart of what to plant, here in Zone 5/6, for a continual bloom spring to fall.
Surely that would work in many nearby zones as well.
That's the kind of thing we post on the website, and we'll get that up asap.
So that's not too bad as far as resolutions go.
What are yours?
To all of you, here's to a
Healthy- in both mind and body,
Wealthy- in love, happiness and a bountiful harvest,
and Wise- in mind and spirit, 2014!
~ the Jones