Resolutions are as much a New Year’s tradition as champagne, fireworks, and the ball drop in Times Square. So while you’re making your plans for the New Year, why not include some for your garden? Whether you’re looking for a little plant pick-me-up or you’d like to start from scratch with a whole new garden design, we have some ideas to get you growing in the right direction in 2018.
Spend More Time in the Garden
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2018 is focusing more on self care. Finding quiet time to reflect and find peace is crucial with the crazy schedules most of us keep. One way to relax while being productive at the same time is by spending time in your garden. Studies on the effect of gardening on mental health have found that it decreases cortisol levels and can even reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by half! And the bacteria found in soil is proven to increase serotonin production and promote a better sense of well-being. Couple these findings with the fact that working outside in the sun increases your Vitamin D intake, and you have a recipe for a positive outlook!
Give Your Garden a New Look
Aside from the mental health benefits, gardening gives you an opportunity to express yourself through color and texture. Whether you’re looking to make small or large changes in the look of your garden, there are so many ways to perform a “garden upgrade.” Replant window boxes with new foliage in a whole new color and texture palette. Replace or paint your window boxes. Add colorful hanging baskets to your backyard or front porch to bring vibrant greenery to eye level. Transform your patio or yard with decorative privacy panels, which add a modern feel while simultaneously blocking unwanted views and increasing privacy levels between 60 to 90%.
Be Environmentally Mindful
Looking for eco-friendly ways to garden? If lessening your footprint is one of your resolutions for 2018, here are some ideas to help you:
Create a low-water garden by planting drought-tolerant plants
Collect rainwater in barrels and use it to water your garden
Use water reservoirs for window boxes and planters to conserve water and keep plants hydrated
Start a compost pile and use it in your garden to reduce waste while nourishing plants
Use drip irrigation to water your plants, which drastically reduces overall water consumption by getting the water directly to the plant’s roots
Grow Your Own Food
You may have been saying it for a while: “I want to start growing my own food!” And why not? Not only will it save you money (an average of $2,000 to $3,000 a year), but it tastes better than the produce at your corner grocery store, plus it has more nutrients than commercially grown crops. And, unlike those crops, you know you’re getting chemical-free produce (a fact that becomes more important when you consider that strawberries alone are sprayed with more than 40 different pesticides, and celery more than 60!)
A bit overwhelmed about starting your own edible garden? Not to worry. Start by educating yourself, like this helpful beginner’s guide to edible gardening suggests. Then make a plan. We suggest starting small: a window box garden or a raised garden bed is often the perfect start. Don’t be shy—get out there and start growing! Your family will thank you come dinnertime!
Get the Kids Involved!
Speaking of family, what better way to combine New Year’s resolutions than making your new garden project a family affair! That way you can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of gardening while spending quality time with your little (and not-so-little) ones. Teach them basic gardening skills with a seed starting kit, or let them express their creativity by setting up their very own fairy garden, complete with fairies, gnomes, and other fanciful figurines.
Share Your Gardening Resolutions with Us!
What are your gardening resolutions for 2018? We’d love to hear them! Share them in the comments section or call us toll-free at 1-800-896-0978!