Let’s get things started by welcoming you to Garden Up Green, I’m so excited about this blog and everything we can accomplish by doing more for ourselves.
You might be thinking January is a strange time of year to begin a garden blog, I hope that by the end of this post you come to see that it’s the perfect month to get started.
Why January? It’s that time of year when hibernation kicks in. It’s cold, the ground is frozen and everything is pretty grey outside. Here in North Texas we have a combination of weather and sometimes we get these winter bursts of sunshine.
When we get those bursts of sunshine I have been known to crank up the tiller and uncover new garden space.
When you really think about it January is a great month for gardeners to reflect and start formulating plans for spring. Planning helps overcome that not so wonderful weather that can sometimes make us feel a little blue.
Creating a Plan
To create a plan you’re going to want paper, note pads and your favorite writing equipment. Keep things simple by using supplies you might already have around the house.
Sometimes I find creating a plan is almost as fun as making it happen. When you place ideas on paper they begin to come alive and feel real. Planning should be an enjoyable process so maybe just take a couple hours a week to think about what you’d like to grow in your garden.
Or maybe you need to pick a spot to get a garden started? Get all your ideas on paper and keep it simple because we don’t want to become overwhelmed.
Label your booklet “My Garden Notebook 2014.” That’s not very original but you get where I’m going. Own this book, it’s your creation. Your garden notebook is a place for ideas, notes, sketching, and clippings that we hope transpire motivation.
Write Down your Garden Goals
Once you have your ideas on paper write down your garden goals for 2014, “Think about what you want to accomplish.
Keep these goals at the front of your book so every time you open it those goals are the first thing you see. I find goals to be the source of my motivation and a way to keep me on track.
Remember to keep your goals realistic and within your budget, if you’re stumped for ideas go to the library and look through some gardening books. Magazines and Pinterest are also great places to get inspiration.
Thanks for joining me today; I can see that January is the perfect month to get started working on my own plans; these are things I’ll be sharing with you in the coming weeks.