We all have New Year’s resolutions, whether we admit it or not. It is a great time to make goals for your garden as well. My normal garden goals include not buying so many seeds and seedlings for planting. I always seem to overdo it in that category. This year, my goals will look a little different.
This year, I will opt to buy my seeds and seedlings from local mom and pop stores. I have one nearby that offers great product at very reasonable prices. The have a very impressive selection of seeds that are produced organically and are heirloom. Not only that, but the prices are nothing to frown at. I have purchased seeds from them before and have always been pleased with them but, for some reason, I tend to end up buying more seeds from online retailers. Well, not this year!
The past few years, I have been grafting my tomatoes. I do not plan to continue with that this year. After experimenting with grafting and not grafting, I have not found much difference in the performance of the plants.
Another goal I am setting is to research and plant more plants that are heirloom. I prefer heirloom in general anyways, but still often plant ones that are hybrids. I feel better about myself when I plant heirloom, almost like I am helping to preserve our heritage. Plus, I can use the seeds from my own plants for next year, so it’s really a win-win situation.
My last goal is to plant more Siberian pea shrubs around my property. We tend to get a lot of wind blowing across the garden area. The Siberian pea shrub makes for a wonderful wind break. It is thick and grows quickly. Another huge benefit is that it actually grows pea pods that are edible. This will be great for my goats and chickens. Hey, if you’re going to plant something, you may as well make it multipurpose, right?
Anyways, these are my simple garden goals for this year. I hope you are able to meet all of your.