My Backyard New Yearâ€™s Resolutions for 2019Â Â Â Â
â€œBe at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbors, and let every NewYear find you a better Man.â€Â
~Benjamin Franklinâ€™s 1755 Poor Richardâ€™s Almanack
For me, gardening never I looked through my list for ten years ago and find my resolutions to be much the same each year. Iâ€™ve finally made my 2019 New Yearâ€™s resolutions for my garden otherwise known as Speckled Bean Farms.Â
Mimi makes my resolutions for my diet, exercise, and chores.Â
For this year I want to:
1. Educate myself ever more by reading Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich and the collection of Wendell Berryâ€™s best essays on gardening and nature from the New York Times. Continue to monitor the USDA NRCS Soil Health Theater online.
2. Have more patience, and donâ€™t plant tomatoes and bell peppers too earlyÂ in the cold ground. This stunts their growth and limits their produce.
3. Give my plants enough care, but not too much. Water the soil, not the plants. Make sure plants are getting enough sun, water, food, and air circulation.
4. Continue to believe and practice the USDAâ€™s Principles of Soil Health Management. This will be my fifth year using no insecticides and having no bad bug damage. Also follow USDAâ€™s Integrated Pest Management System.
5. Spend more time on plant beds and holes and furrows than on the plants. Prepare organic live soil beds well ahead of when they are needed so they are ready when I plant. Dig $2 holes for $1 plants. Amend as needed for the right soil texture. Mulch to control weeds and water loss. Abraham Lincoln once said if he had six hours to chop down a tree, he would spend 4 hours sharpening his axe. Same principle applies to garden preparation.
Â 6. Plant more of fewer kinds of plants except for those new clematis and foxgloves and coleus and redhot poker plants.
7. Experiment with something new this year, such as Jersey Boy heirloom maters, dahlias, peonies, garlic, asparagus, and alliums. Oops, I just broke number 6 above.
8. Continue to learn and practice natural regenerative gardening by using natural organic material. Use no synthetic fertilizers; instead use compost and minerals.
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9. Show my grandchildren and new greatgrandson something useful and delightful in the garden.
10. Share garden produce and plants with friends, but never again raise more eggplants and Tahitian butternut squash than I have friends.
11. Find a balance between flowers, bugs, butterflies, birds, and grandchildren in my backyard.
12. Remember that I am burning 365 more days of my life this year, which can be used for good or not.
Aint God good!
Contact Carl Wayne Hardeman, Master Gardener, at firstname.lastname@example.org