I’m not a big believer in New Years resolutions – if you won’t do something during the bulk of the year, why would you start (and maintain) the effort now, so instead I’m compiling my ’10 Things for the New Year’ list. It’s more of a to-do list of those irritating little things that are nagging the back of my consciousness.
1.) Open the bags of cement that have been sitting in my garage for 9 months and create concrete balls for the shade garden entrances… This has been a project I’ve been chewing on since we moved into our house. Simple concrete balls. I dutifully went to Home Depot and purchased every bit of crap I would need, and now it waits for me in the garage, making me feel guilty every time I walk past it. This spring I swear!
2.) Chickens… I’ve researched everything, breeds, coops, predators, wire, feeds, vets, diseases, free range, shipping chicks etc. etc. – you get the idea, now I just need to commit to a coop design, and order the chicks. My current favorite coop you can see here. It’s from Bunny William’s Connecticut home. Beautiful.
3.) Organize my potting area… I know this sounds trivial, but there are some REALLY big spiders out there.
4.) Two posts per week on the blog!
5.) Expand the vegetable garden… This isn’t so bad. I just need to order a ton of stone to build up one corner of the existing garden, then I transfer everything the deer don’t like into that section. Easy as cake! Other than the traction required after I place all of that stone and then backfill with soil and compost.
6.) Plant more fruit trees… I must confess I’m worried about the fig I planted this summer with the super deep freeze we’re currently experiencing in the Northeast U.S. Time will tell. The apple and peaches should be ok though – I hope.
7.) Start flight lessons again… I have hopes of starting again this Fall once my little guy is in school longer.
8.) Travel more often now that the kids are older – Venice here we come again!
9.) Take more garden classes, attend more lectures, tour more private gardens and generally re-immerse myself in gardening… And here are a few fun dates for my Northeast garden friends who might need a blast of Spring/Summer:
Philadelphia Flower Show – March 1st – 9th
Boston Flower Show March – March 12th – 16th
New York Botanical Gardens special events schedule including the Orchid Show March 1st – April 21st
10.) Pull my house together finally… The spouse and I have always said in prior homes “we know we’re going to sell it in 5 years so let’s make it marketable”, well now we’re going to do what we truly like. Finally.
And that’s it (at least that I’m willing to confess). So what’s your ‘to-do’ list? I would love to hear about it. It would make me feel better about mine too!
Thanks as always for reading EG!