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3 garden resolutions

Tuesday 5 January 2010 - Filed under General

I’m not much for resolutions as a rule, but if they’re worthwhile goals, now’s as good a time as any to start forming some new good habits.

Propagate more, buy less. Or at least give it a shot. It seems so daunting, but plants seem to have a strong will to survive, more often than not, they pull through in spite of clumsy attempts to make them multiply.

Get over the fear of eating food grown in the garden. I realize this one’s a problem. I’ve planted the edibles, grown a little herb garden, and a few greens. I’ve been clearing a spot for some veggies next year. Now I just have to lose the apprehension over eating food that didn’t come from the supermarket. I know – bad, bad gardener!

garden shoes
Change into gardening boots before venturing out to check on the garden. How many times must I clean mud off heels before I learn my lesson?

2010-01-05  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. Janet
    6 January 2010 @ 5:04 am

    You are too funny! Love the red heels.

  2. Victoria
    6 January 2010 @ 6:16 am

    Ha! I also love the red heels. Those are some good resolutions. I certainly need to work more on the first one. (I can also collect seeds to start more plants, it’s just not the thrill of that immediate gratification of buying at the nursery.) Hubby and I have decided to convert at least one large bed into natives this year to reduce water usage (the front garden is all native) and to continue to work at growing more veggies.

  3. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    6 January 2010 @ 8:21 am

    I thought those were your gardening shoes.

  4. Loree
    6 January 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    Ok I just don’t get the food thing. The food you grow your self is soooo much safer and better than what you can get in the supermarket (at least I truly believe that). Fresh carrots are heavenly, fresh pea pods divine! Of course that whole not liking tomato thing kind of sucks, cause fresh garden tomatoes are the best!

  5. Jane
    6 January 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    Love the non-resolutions. Propagating is so rewarding when you see the little things thriving!

    No need to “get over” your fear of garden-grown edibles: just grow some veggies and I suspect you’ll be an instant convert when you taste your first bites. Problem solved!

  6. Karen
    6 January 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    I wonder if your fear of veggies is partly due to their impermanence? You seem to plant for the long view, perennials, trees, structure, bones, a whole garden vision. Also, all those plants, not a lot of space for a big veggie patch, right? Well, my semi-worthless advice would be to start small, expect little, and just try to learn how to grow a few things well. Now is the time to visit a few good blogs and look at some seed catalogs, and no harm in getting stuff that looks pretty as well as tastes good. Vegetables can have good aesthetics too! Do you know Michelle at From Seed to Table? Or Willi at DigginFood has a nice looking veggie section on her site: I love the red shoes and if they can take a little mud, I say keep wearing them, they are a great color accent in the winter landscape!

  7. george
    7 January 2010 @ 7:35 am

    `i have the opposite problem with plants, i need to stop eating as many marginally edible plants. i constantly assume something is edible and try it out, only to check later and find that i ate something slightly poisonous.

  8. Grace
    8 January 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    Hi Megan~~ For me, it’s slippers. I justify it by telling myself it’s only for a second, it’s not muddy right now… slippers don’t have very thick soles. My feet get wet. But I continue my neurosis. Your other resolutions sound reasonable.