I get really excited about the beginning of a new year. I enjoy the process of ringing in the new year with family, choosing a fresh new calendar, refining my diet and exercise habits (again), and setting the intention for my garden for the upcoming year. Whether you are in the midst of a frigid winter like me (temps were 12 degrees F last night) or joyously growing in a warmer climate, January is still the perfect time to think about the purpose of your garden. To get your gardening juices flowing, think of one word that encapsulates one thing you want give your energy to this year? Your options are endless. So, what will be your 2018 garden word of the year?
Your word of the year can influence the books you read, the seeds you buy, the plants you grow, and the way you design your garden this year. The word you choose can equally drive the things you don’t do this year, like use pesticides or throw away kitchen scraps. A few words for you to consider include:
Take a few moments of quiet reflection over a cup of coffee or tea to come up with a word that truly resonates with you. My garden word of the year is……..
Yes! Pollinators!! This year I will focus on creating better habitats in my garden for pollinators. I will take action this month by perusing my own seed library for edibles and flowers that attract pollinators. Then I will make a list of natives I want to plant this year and will let that list guide me as I browse the beautiful seed catalogs I’ve received over the past few weeks. And when the season changes and it’s finally time to plant, I will place pollinator-friendly plants of the same species in clusters so they can easily be found by bees, birds and butterflies.
I’m really excited to begin the planning process for my new and improved pollinator habitats. Thought of your garden word of the year yet? Tell me in the comments below!