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New year gardening resolutions

Posted: Monday 6 January 2014
by Adam Pasco

I'm not one to make unrealistic new year's resolutions, but I do have plans for the year ahead that I hope come to fruition.


I'm not one to make unrealistic new year's resolutions, but I do have plans for the year ahead that I hope come to fruition. My main resolution is to keep on track with those important gardening jobs and not to fall behind. For instance, I've promised myself that this year I'll get all the veg beds and borders properly dug and mulched before everything starts growing again in spring, when space is needed for sowing and planting.

Some people are much more disciplined than me. I remember visiting a past presenter of Gardeners' World, Arthur Billitt, at Clack's Farm, and Arthur proudly telling me how he always dug the whole of his garden by hand, and completed the job before Christmas! Sadly I've never managed to follow his fine example. My excuse is that the clay soil here has been wet to dig during December. I'm hoping for sun to dry out the soil, and tempting me outside later in January to complete my digging.

I also need to complete my seed order and then make a seed-sowing diary. Making a little time to sow seeds at the right time really does keep the gardening calendar on schedule, so I'm determined to keep to it this year. By successionally sowing salad leaves, for instance, I can enjoy almost continual pickings, so those calendar reminders will make sure I reap the rewards of sowing little and often.

This year I really must replace one of my large wooden compost bins that has itself started disintegrating. Then there's the out-of-sight area behing my arch, which has become a dumping ground for old pots and bags of compost. Every gardener needs an area where they can work, but this one is a bit of an eyesore. I resolve to keep it far tidier during 2014.

So, have you made any New Year gardening resolutions? Do tell.




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donutsmrs 06/01/2014 at 18:44

I am determined to keep on top of the seed sowing. This year I have decided to sow my seeds little earlier than I have done in the past. I have had a lot of jobs indoors to do in the last year or two, so this year I can really concentrate on the garden and I can't wait. I have just ordered some more seeds today, and I get such a buzz that I can soon get out into the garden again and get my hands into the soil.

donutsmrs 06/01/2014 at 18:44

I am determined to keep on top of the seed sowing. This year I have decided to sow my seeds little earlier than I have done in the past. I have had a lot of jobs indoors to do in the last year or two, so this year I can really concentrate on the garden and I can't wait. I have just ordered some more seeds today, and I get such a buzz that I can soon get out into the garden again and get my hands into the soil.

Susan Hughes2 06/01/2014 at 19:25

To finally get my pond, decking and garden arbour seat put together in the back garden. Take out hedge in front garden and put picket fencing up. When I get the time, roll on spring!!

Zoomer44 06/01/2014 at 20:13

To sow seeds a little later although that'll be really hard if you guys start sowing in February I've already started looking at the distructions on seed packets as to how soon they can be sown

I'm also trying for an allotment this year, sent out a few e-mails yesterday, fingers crossed, would be happy even with half an allotment.   

Patsy F 06/01/2014 at 20:22

We were late sowing seeds last year as we were having work done on the house, but I'd like to sow tomatoes, various beans, chillies, peppers, squash, courgettes etc.  Also, I would like a raised bed for vegetables - just a matter of deciding where to put it in the garden.

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