New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

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New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

Happy New Year! As you start planning your garden this year, keep in mind these good gardening practices that save you time, money and resources.

Here are eight New Year’s Resolutions to consider:

1) Reduce Footprint: From limiting chemicals in the garden to using eco-friendly equipment, there are many ways to reduce your environmental footprint outdoors. Instead of reaching automatically for an herbicide, why not use a manual weeding tool instead? The Fiskars® Uproot Weeder yanks out dandelions and other weeds by the roots easily, which is a great back saver. We’ve also slashed gasoline and oil usage by switching to the StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower. It works 60 percent better than other reel mowers, making cutting the grass a breeze. This reel mower is much quieter than our old power mower, which our neighbors and visiting wildlife appreciate too.

2) Save Water: Did you know that the average household uses 40 percent of its water usage in the garden, and much of that water is wasted? This year, make it a goal to save more of this precious resource.  Here are some of my favorite ways to save water. Or, try growing drought-tolerant plants such as these favorites. Every time it rains, you could also be saving water in a Fiskars® rain barrel, holding up to 58 gallons of water on reserve, for your garden. The next time the water bill arrives, you’ll be glad you did.

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3) Attract Pollinators: Welcome birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators into your garden. Avoid using chemicals in the garden, and plant herbs and flowers to attract these important garden visitors. Consider poppies, sunflowers, lavenders, herbs and other flowering plants, which are beloved by many pollinators. Native plants are particularly good at attracting helpful pollinators to your garden.

4) Grow Edibles ... And Share the Harvest: Nothing tastes better than homegrown food, and you can’t beat the health benefits of freshly picked vegetables and fruits. Growing your own edibles lets you know exactly where your food originated. That’s a good thing with some of the recent food security issues we’ve been facing. Another tip: when you involve your children in the kitchen gardens, it will help ensure they enjoy eating these foods later in the dining room.  Kids who grow their own foods tend to love snacking from the garden. Have a large surplus? Be sure to share some of that harvest with those in need.

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 5) Save Work: Make a pledge to work smarter in the garden, not harder. Instead of running back and forth for tools, bring them with you! I like the Fiskars® Garden Bucket Caddy, because it attaches easily to a plastic tub for weeds. I use it to carry my gardening essentials, and sometimes a note pad, cell phone or sunscreen. You can reduce those weeds from popping up later in the garden by mulching well early in the season. Instead of watering everything by hand, set up drip lines and soaker hoses that save money and time. There are many ways to reduce your work in the garden, when you put your mind to it.

6) Select Easy-Care Plants: One way to make it easier on yourself this year is by picking plants that thrive in your area and require less work. For example, drought-tolerant yarrow couldn’t be easier to grow in my garden. Ask your local gardening center or master gardeners for easy-care plant recommendations for your area. Avoid invasive plants that will cause future problems. And consider native plants that flourish in your region and support your local ecosystem.

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7)   Compost:The first step to having a healthy garden is building healthy soil. By composting your yard and kitchen waste you’ll save this trash from going to the landfills, while creating one of the best soil amendment products you can find.  We use the Fiskars® Eco Bin™ composter, which is easy to assemble and has an efficient design that aerates the compost and speeds up the decomposition process.

8)   Have Fun:No matter what you decide to grow in your garden, make a promise to yourself to have fun. Don’t be so concerned with horticultural perfection that you forget how much you love gardening. Even if you only remember this one resolution, you’ll be off to a good start.