Our summers here in MN are really short, and I always seem to run out of time to get everything done in my gardens (well, that and my to do lists are WAY too long). So, I started to write what I call a Garden Focus. I found that writing everything down in the spring made my list much more realistic. That way, I could see that the list of gardening stuff I wanted to do was unrealistic, and cut it back early in the spring rather than ending the season with a bunch of unfinished garden projects (which is always frustrating!).
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To hold me to it, I like to share my Garden Focus with you guys. I also like to encourage you to do the same. Before the busy gardening season kicks into full swing, sit down and write out your Garden Focus. Then share it in the comments below, that way you’ve publicly committed to sticking to your list.
Amy’s 2015 Garden Focus
1. Maintenance Mode. This is going to be a maintenance year for me, for the most part. I am not going to add any new garden areas this year, and I am going to focus on enhancing and maintaining the ones I already have. That includes…
- Keep up on deadheading, trimming and weeding (last year my beds were overgrown by mid-summer, not nice)
- Freshen up the mulch in my flower gardens and other areas. (ugh, I’ve been lazy with this over the past few years and the weeds are getting the upper hand. Noooooooo)
- Lay hardwood mulch in the paths of the vegetable garden. Now that I have raised beds, I can mulch the paths with hardwood mulch so it will last longer than mulching with straw and having to refresh it every year. Mulching with straw is still great for the vegetables beds… but not necessary for the paths. Oh yes, it’s going to look awesome!
- Fill in empty spots. You know how it goes, some perennials die off or move around on you, leaving empty spaces in the garden. This year, I’m going to fill in those gaps (which means I get to go shopping!! Squeeeeeee!)
- Thin out overgrown perennials. Over the years, I have gotten rid of most of the invasive plants in my gardens. But I still have a few that tend to take over if you let them, they’re kinda bullies.
2. Curb appeal. I’m going to be totally honest… this one is feeling a little iffy right now. The front of the house has been looking very drab to me over the past few years, and I really want to add some pizzazz and curb appeal this year. Some of it is house stuff, like painting the front door, but I also want a major change in the front garden beds too (I would LOVE to add a front patio). But… this kinda goes against #1, right? No new projects. We’ll see what the summer brings and how motivated I’m feeling. I may move this one to next year.
3. Enjoy the harvests. I need to make sure to allow myself enough time in the fall to enjoy harvesting and preserving my food. Usually I have way too much going on, which makes harvesting a stressful chore (and stuff goes to waste because I don’t get to it fast enough, which only adds to the stress). So, if I stick to my plans here, I should be able to have plenty of time to enjoy the harvests this summer (ok, you might have just seen a slight eye-roll there – haha. Summers go by way too fast!).
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What are you planning to focus on this summer? Share you list below so we can hold each other accountable.