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2018 Garden Intentions

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. Instead I think about things I would like to accomplish next year and if I do, great, if I don't I'm not feeling bad for "breaking" my New Year's resolutions.

So here is my 2018 Garden Intentions List:

  • Build a DIY Home Hydroponics system. Alternative ways to grow more plants especially during the cold weather indoors? Lettuce in the winter? Yes please!
  • Grow more herbs to use in the kitchen. The past few years my gardening has been on the small side and I want to get back in the swing of things. With having more experience lately using fresh herbs in cooking, cooking with dry herbs can't compete with fresh. That and nothing beats fresh pesto.
  • Build an actual compost bin. Over the last few years my compost pile has been a literal pile and I would love to have a real compost bin. I'm thinking wood with removable front slats.
  • Try my hand at growing hops. I've been reading about it in blog posts written by my colleague Chris Enroth, and he's got me intrigued.
  • I've had orchids and african violets for years, but that whole reblooming thing hasn't happened. I want to see if I can actually get them to rebloom for me for once. I have one orchid that has been with me for over 6 years, it's been so long I don't even remember what color it is!
  • A few years ago I did a workshop on using and building DIY rain barrels and so many years later I don't have one of my own. It's best to use rain barrel water on foliage and flowering plants since you don't know what was carried in the runoff. Avoid using rain barrel water on edible crops.
  • Build a DIY self-watering container and see how it compares to growing herbs and vegetables in the ground or regular containers. Okay fine, really it's just an excuse to have more space to grow more plants.

I would love to hear what your Garden Intentions are for 2018. Email me

As 2017 winds down and we look to 2018, I'm thinking back to the beginnings of the Good Growing news column and realized that it's been 3 years. 3 years of thinking of a topic, 3 years of learning new things, 3 years of helping others learn and hopefully providing a laugh or two along the way. I've always enjoyed writing the article and being able to share what I hope is not only information, but enthusiasm for the world of plants and gardening. Thank you for taking this journey with my colleagues and myself.

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