Five res­o­lu­tions for gar­den­ers

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

The fol­low­ing are five res­o­lu­tions that we wish ev­ery gar­dener, no mat­ter their level of ex­per­tise, will em­brace as the sea­son truly be­gins:

1. I will em­brace na­ture and gar­den for the birds, the bees and the but­ter­flies (and the bats too!).

One of the most en­joy­able ben­e­fits of hav­ing a gar­den is be­ing able to en­joy the beau­ti­ful crea­tures who visit it. So plan your flow­ers and veg­eta­bles with that in mind then sit back and en­joy the show! Re­mem­ber, plant­ing a pol­li­na­tor-friendly gar­den is good for the pol­li­na­tors, good for the earth, good for your veg­gie gar­den and good for you!

2. I will not blame my­self for gar­den­ing fail­ures.

Of­ten times, Mother Na­ture is not our friend when it comes to gar­den­ing. Or life gets in the way. We do not want you to de­spair! Sim­ply try again and learn from ex­pe­ri­ence. Your gar­den, and your gar­den­ing friends, are both ex­tremely for­giv­ing.

3. I will not be afraid to ask ques­tions.

How else can you learn? Take ad­van­tage of the ex­pe­ri­ence of your neigh­bor, your aunt, the gar­den cen­ter em­ployee or the local ex­ten­sion agent. If they are like typ­i­cal gar­den fa­nat­ics, they will ap­pre­ci­ate your in­ter­est and be flat­tered that you want to learn from them. And learn you will!

4. I will share my pas­sion.

We have all seen the stud­ies that show many of to­day's gar­den­ers got their start by learn­ing from some­one else, usu­ally a par­ent or grand­par­ent. Can you be that men­tor? Will you be the rea­son your son or daugh­ter serves home­grown veg­eta­bles to your grand­chil­dren? Can you be the rea­son your neigh­bor plants win­dow boxes for the first time?

5. I will try some­thing new.

This is kind of a no-brainer, right? Have you ever met a gar­dener who didn't want the new­est of the new, for brag­ging rights if noth­ing else? But what about really a new grow­ing style or com­pletely new crop of veg­eta­bles. Find some­thing ir­re­sistible that's out of your usual com­fort zone.

Pro­vided by the Na­tional Gar­den Bureau.

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