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The Greener View: 2018 Gardening Resolutions

Jeff Rugg on

I used to have a New Year's resolution of not eating a whole watermelon in one sitting. That was back when watermelons weighed 25 to 30 pounds, but now many stores sell the little round baby watermelons. I have reversed my resolution so that now I resolve to eat a whole watermelon in one sitting at least once this summer.

Are you glad 2017 is ending? It was a stressful year for many. Research has often shown that people can relieve stress in gardens, either through enjoying an existing garden or the act of gardening. For those of us who like to work in our gardens, it is important to sometimes stop working and literally smell the roses. Resolve -- right now during winter -- to enjoy your garden more by eating outside more often, strolling through the yard to smell the flowers without pulling any weeds and having at least one party with family and friends over to enjoy the garden, too.

If you need to exercise more, relieve stress or spend more time with family, invite other people to help create a community garden plot. Share the work, and share the produce. Resolve to share some with your local food pantry or shelter.

To help your garden and landscape grow better and healthier this year, I have a few more suggested resolutions. Repeat after me:

I resolve to stop using Facebook and other cellphone apps and spend the extra time in the garden. OK, I'm joking. I really meant to say: I resolve to spend enough time in the garden to create pretty pictures that I can post on Facebook and Instagram.

I resolve to post pictures of weeds and insects first, to make sure they are pests, before spraying to kill them.

 

I resolve to be very discerning before believing posts about natural control methods for my pest problems, before spraying to kill them.

I resolve to feed real birds (not the angry kind). That way they will come back to my yard and eat real insects, so I won't have to spray.

I resolve to add more mulch to my flowerbeds where it will decrease weeds, saving me money on weedkillers and protecting the environment from useless weedkiller applications.

I resolve to have the irrigation system inspected so that I don't waste water. I resolve to install an irrigation control box that takes into account whether or not the plants need watering before it turns on.

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