Time to Make Garden Resolutions for the New Year!

Green Scene, by Geri Laufer
DYK? Gardening tones muscles and burns calories. Assuming a body weight of 150, Live Strong (a website for healthy living) suggests you can burn through a good number, just doing the things a gardener needs to do. See the list below and some resolutions for 2019.

Calories per hour

272 General Gardening
141 Light Gardening
306 Weeding
29 Hand Watering, Standing
306 Pruning Trees or hrubs
340 Digging
434 Turning Compost, Soil
301 Shoveling Mulch
238 Cutting Brush
306 Mowing with a power mower

Garden Resolutions for 2019

I resolve to garden more
I resolve to look at my yard as a stranger might, to assess its strong and weak points
I resolve to draw up a master plan with the help of a landscape architect
I resolve never to pass up a new plant I see in a nursery
I resolve to dig the holes before I go to the annual plant sale
I resolve to join a garden club or plant society
I resolve to weed religiously
I resolve to organize my tools
I resolve to rescue plants from markdown racks at big box stores because I have green fingers
I resolve to get timers for both hoses
I resolve to plant 1000 daffodils per year
I resolve to plant every plant I purchase immediately after I get home with all of them
I resolve to label every plant
I resolve to weed occasionally
I resolve to re-read all the gardening books I already have
I resolve to subscribe to a new gardening magazine
I resolve to divide my hosta and iris
I resolve to sharpen my ratchet loppers
I resolve to mark where the bulbs are already planted so next fall I won’t plant over top of them
I resolve to weed if desperately needed
I resolve to clean my spade and garden fork after each workout
I resolve to make friends with the Chipper/ Shredder Tree Guy who has free woodchips for mulch
I resolve to swap plants with friends
I resolve not to buy any more plants unless I know specifically where I will plant them in the garden. Ha. ❍

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape. You can reach her at Geri Laufer

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