By John Harrison for The Espoma Company
Photographs courtesy of The Espoma Company
With the start of a new year, we've got resolutions on our mind. Eat right, exercise often and garden more.
Your best garden ever is just a few minutes away. Really!
As the year winds down, spend a few minutes contemplating your garden. Create a stellar list of New Year's resolutions for the garden. And these are resolutions you'll actually want to keep!
Here's how to grow the garden of your dreams in 2018.
5 New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
1. Take a Walk. Americans spend 97 percent of their life indoors. Hard to believe, isn't it? As a gardener, you know the magic, relaxation and beauty of the outdoors. Strive to spend more time outside every day.
2. Enchant with Plants. This year, grow only what you love. List the flowers and edibles you grew last year and remove the ones that weren't worth it. Add stars next to the plants you used the most. Tack on a few plants you've always dreamed of growing, too.
3. Test the Soil. The health of your plants depends on healthy soil. Vow to do a soil test this year before planting anything else. You won't believe how easy they are.
5. Go Native. Live greener in 2018. Plant more native and drought-resistant plants to reduce water usage. The pollinators will thank you.
With your New Year's Resolutions, the garden of your dreams will soon be a reality. Tastier edibles and bigger flowers ahead! Track your goals using an app to ensure you achieve them.
The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit espoma.com for more information and tips about organic lawn care.
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By Susan Martin for Proven Winners,
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