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Winter Greetings from Wenke Greenhouses

I find January to be one of the most optimistic months of the year. It symbolizes a new start with many of us making resolutions to replace bad habits with good and continuing down the road of self-improvement.

Along with some personal resolutions, I have decided to make some gardening resolutions. Although the ground is snow covered and temperatures have been hitting all time lows, I know my garden is waiting patiently and the first signs of spring will be here before I know it.

My 2014 Resolutions:

  1. Make watering the garden easier while trying to conserve water. To achieve this, I will research and implement bucket gardening. Bucket gardening uses 5 gallon buckets set on top of a reservoir of water which allows the plant's roots to access the water from below. There are many different ways to achieve this so I will research the best way for me. Click here for some ideas about bucket gardening..

  2. Enjoy more homegrown food. Nothing nourishes the body and soul like delicious and healthful, homegrown food. Even if you have a tiny patio, you can grow almost anything in a container. All you need is full sun for at least 6 hours a day.

  3. Take care of my garden tools. I must admit, I am pretty lazy about taking care of my tools. I’m usually so tired at the end of a long day in the garden, if I even remember to put them away at night, I do so with clumps of soil still on them. Taking care of my tools will make them last longer.

  4. Plant more native plants. This will be a way to provide more of a ‘habitat garden’ for my area’s wildlife. Creating a garden that caters to your area’s habitat allows you to enrich the surrounding wildlife as well. Natives typically require much less maintenance because they have already adapted to our climate

I’m thinking this might be  enough to commit to this year. I’m looking forward to working on these gardening resolutions! I’m curious, what are yours? Let me know at laura@wenkegardencenter.com. I would love to hear from you!

Here’s to a great, green 2014!

Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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