Growing some of your own produce can be one of the most amazing things you can do in a lifetime. When you are able to nurture new life, you can also expect to reap a bountiful harvest of vegetables, fruits, and colorful blossoms. It’s like a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.
This year, we need gardening more than ever. If you’ve been frustrated with your garden and felt disappointed on how things turned out in the past year, just leave all those negative thoughts behind. Make this year your best garden year ever by keeping yourself motivated with the following tips and bits of advice.
Add gardening to your list of New Year’s resolutions
Start the year right by having a positive New Year’s attitude. January is a great time to do an inventory, take stock of what you wish to accomplish most, and set your roadmap for the year ahead. So make time to add gardening to your list! Investing in this worthy hobby has a multitude of benefits, but if you don’t set these goals directly, then you’ll find that having a beautiful home, garden and yard will simply pass you by – and become a still uncompleted item you’ll wish you had accomplished this year.
Aim for success
Choose your mixture and variety of plants carefully by doing some research beforehand. You can research online or through seed catalogs. However one of the best ways to know what grows in your local area, is to talk to people at your local garden center. Where possible, choose an independent one, rather than a larger warehouse store.
Where possible, choose crops that are complementary to each other. Remember that vegetables don’t always need to only be together – flowering plants, vegetables and herbs can all grow together beautifully. It’s about finding out what works best for you. All gardeners have struggles with various crops over time and from season to season. Accept that you will have some struggles, and don’t let it get you down.
Use gardening as a way to save money
Do you want to save money on your grocery bill? You have two options to do it. The first, which is the best option if you’re just starting out, is keeping a kitchen garden. Otherwise known as a “potager,” this type of garden focuses on fresh food that you can use and enjoy during the growing season.
The other goal, which is larger, is planting enough food to preserve for the winter. You need to assess your family size, land size, and the length of the growing season to decide if this is realistic for you. This can be a natural ‘next step’ that you can take after becoming more accustomed to growing a larger garden crop.
Expand your social circle through gardening
Gardeners have this natural tendency to share their knowledge and gardens. This makes gardening a great way to widen your social circle and meet people. Grab the chance to meet other gardeners by joining a local garden club. Get more involved and show your expertise by sharing information, as well as learning from others. If you can’t find one in your area, check local listings at Community Colleges in your area, or contact a local nursery and garden center to see if they know of listings. Lastly, don’t forgot that more and more communities are starting communal garden areas. See if such things exist in your area, and get to know folks there by stopping by.
Turn your hobby and love of plants into a rewarding job at a landscape center or a garden. Better yet, make your garden as a personal business. Whether you are growing herbs, vegetables, or flowers, you can sell your products at the local farmers’ markets or even at craft shows.