New year’s gardening resolutions – 2021

Yes, I am reviving my very occasional garden blog. Over the last year I’ve rediscovered my love for my garden after a year or so of feeling demoralised about it, and it’s been a source of joy in an otherwise difficult year.

I also found that I love to think and write about my garden – I started doing a morning pages exercise at the beginning of lockdown and looking through my notebooks, so much is about what I’m growing, what I’ve been doing, what’s emerging from dormancy or going over into decay.

So these are my new year’s resolutions for my garden this year:

  1. I want to write about my garden, and document systematically how it changes through the year and what I do in it. I’m going to try and keep this blog going and take more photos of what’s changing as it happens.
    Corner of the garden with a cold frame, a pile of bricks, and a white-painted wall

    Corner of the garden with a blue fence, shrubs and plants
    The front garden – a work in progress
  2. I want to finish revamping the front garden. I started a big project of building new beds and sorting it out, and I’ve made great strides this year (particularly because my mother has helped me so much: it has been something we can do together in a socially distanced way) but I want to finish it off. I’ll do a post about what my final plans are for it.

    Three small terracotta pots with seedlings
    Seeds on the windowsill in my old flat
  3. I want to grow more things from seed. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing something flower that has been grown from a tiny seed, but I tend not to have enough patience and care to prick out and pot on. I want to try other ways of propagating too – like making more plants by cuttings from my beautiful white penstemon.
  4. I’m going to try and cut out peat altogether – which probably means not buying any more garden centre plants. I already avoid buying peat compost, but last year I read more about the impact of using peat and it seems completely unjustifiable. (I’m also appalled at some of the comments made by horticulture business owners when Monty Don spoke out against peat, and will be avoiding their products.)

    The back garden working area – currently being used to give my pelargoniums some slightly warmer shelter during the winter months.
  5. I want to tidy up the back garden working area and make it really useful. For too long it’s just been a pile of tools and pots and general rubbish, but I want to make it a place where I can do all the potting and pricking out that I need to do (see 3. above).


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