Let’s Get Started!

Let me begin by welcoming you to Garden Up Green, I’m so excited about this blog and everything we can accomplish in our gardens and homestead.

You might be thinking January is a strange time of year to begin a garden blog, I kind of thought the same thing for a minute.

Why January? It’s that time of year when hibernation kicks in. It’s cold, the ground is frozen and everything is pretty gloomy outside.

Here in North Texas we have a combination of weather and sometimes we get these winter bursts of sunshine.  When that happens I have been known to crank up the tiller and uncover new garden space.

I just can’t sit so I guess I’m not much of a hibernator.

When you think about it January is a great month for gardeners to reflect and formulate plans for spring.   Planning keeps those dreams a live so when we can’t get outside we still have something visual to work on.

So let’s create a plan.

Create 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 just 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 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.

Make realistic goals that are within your budget and reach.  If you’re stumped for ideas go to the library and look through gardening books.

Magazines and Pinterest are also great places for 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.


  1. Hi Carole! So glad to "meet" you! I do already have a gardening notebook, but I'll be re-working mine, adding my goal for the year (putting up more of our harvest in 2014), and following along with you. I've subscribed to your blog by email and I'm looking forward to tracking with you!

    1. Nice to meet you too! Gardening notebooks are the best – helps me stay on track.. 🙂 -Carole

  2. Melissa says:

    Great idea Carol! I always make a drawing of my garden so I'll know what I planted and where. I like your idea of having a goal and more of a plan for the garden. This year I would like to can more of the things that I grow and try growing some things I've never tried before. 🙂

    1. That 's awesome Melissa. in today's post I talked about adding a salad garden. We'll have to share ideas to help us reach our goals.

  3. Jessica Lane says:

    I think January is the PERFECT time for starting a Gardening Blog. We had a blizzard come through last week and I spent the day under a quilt with a cup of tea and the sun map of my property, planning away. I tracked you down on Pinterest so I could follow your ideas. If you're interested, I do a link-up party on my blog on Fridays. I devote a large portion of my blog to gardening, so I'm sure my followers would love to see your stuff. Here's the link if you want to take part: http://104homestead.weebly.com/1/category/blog%20hop/1.html

    1. Nice to meet you Jessica and thanks for the invite to your blog hop! I just posted something. I plan to add blog hop links this weekend on my sidebar so I've saved your links. Great looking blog by the way, I'll enjoy diving into it soon! I love Pinterest my goal this year is to actually do many of the things I pin. Thanks for your comment today, made my day! -Carole

  4. January is actually one of my favorite "gardening months" . I start to make plans for what I'd like to grow in the spring, make an inventory of my seeds, shop catalogs, and make a list of new things I'd like to try. It is a fun way to spend that down time and I really look forward to it. In my zone the first cool weather planting day is just after Valentine's Day. There isn't much time after the holidays for planning. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We'd love to have you back again tomorrow!

    1. I'll be heading over the hop shortly, it's fun! Our temperatures are all over the place until about march but we can expect our last frost sometime in April. I love the down time for planning but sometimes it's hard to get going after a break. Great ideas thanks for sharing! Carole

    2. lisa lynn says:

      Thanks so much for joining us on The HomeAcre Hop Carole! Love the new blog 🙂 Keep up the great work! This week's hop is open for business…hope you will join us again.

    3. Lisa – The HomeAcre Hop is Super fun and thanks for stopping by. I'd like to invite you to follow us on Facebook, pinterest or email. Have a great day! – Carole

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