We are now completing the first full week of the New Year. Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? In the month of January I often take a look back at my previous garden season to generate personal goals For 2018, I am establishing a new focus. I have decided to forgo the use of “New Year Garden Resolutions” and adopt the concept of “2018 Garden Commitments”. The word “resolution” is defined as the promise you make yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something. The definition seems to lack the resolve one needs in successful gardening. I prefer to use the term “commitment”. The word commitment suggests a state of dedication to a cause, activity, etc, and the willingness to give your time/energy to something you believe in. A commitment takes an individual beyond a promise. Commitment is more an attitude of hard work and persistence coupled with lots of inspiration.
This year, I suggest gardeners consider New Year garden commitments. Here are my 2018 Garden Commitments:
1. Commit to spending more time quietly enjoying my gardens and filling myself with their physical and spiritual beauty.
2. Commit to sharing the joy of my gardens with others to encourage and uplift.
3. Commit to introducing and engaging children in gardening as a form of play in our technology driven world.
4. Commit to expanding my gardens to welcome more pollinators in conjunction with habitat friendly environments.
5. Commit to lifelong garden learning. There is no “expert” in gardening. This living, breathing, weather driven environment requires a continual learning journey for those who choose to practice this fine art.
Have you made your 2018 Garden Commitments? Take some time during these cold and snowy winter days with a nice cup of tea to outline your own. It can serve as a blueprint for your 2018 garden journey. As always, keeping common sense and sustainability at the core of my garden practices.
Don’t forget to save the date: 2018 Dig into Gardening Day @ Longfellows Conference Center April 28th. More info to follow.
Check out my website for newly scheduled Spring Garden Goddess Workshops in the area!