Gardening Resolutions for 2023

Every year, many people make New Year’s resolutions.  This year, I am going to make “Gardening Resolutions” as part of my yearly goals.   Some of these tasks are things that I normally do but want to stay consistent with and some are new tasks that I need to complete.  Maybe something on my list will resonate with you or maybe your list will look different from mine.  Either way, I hope you join me in creating a resolution (or 11!) for your garden.


1. Fertilize Perennials

  • Perennials often get neglected after we plant them.  However, perennial plants still need some care in the form of plant food!  I am going to use specific blends of plant food for different perennials (Rose & Flower Food, Tree & Shrub, Fruit Tree, Acid Mix for Strawberries, Evergreen Mix…etc).  Providing fertilizer to perennials will encourage them to continue healthy plant growth.  Fruiting perennials will be encouraged to produce more fruit resulting in a better yield. 


2. Grow Annual Fruit

    • I would like to dedicate a portion of my garden to growing annual fruit such as Ground Cherry and Sun Berry.  Both of these plants will be new to my garden.  My inspiration to grow annual fruit came from all of the amazing Ground Cherry pies I saw on social media in August and beautiful jams and jellies that other gardeners were making.  I already have a strawberry patch which all gets eaten fresh and rarely makes it to the fridge.  I would love to be able to preserve some sweet treats for holiday enjoyment.


3. Start a Garden Journal

    • I notoriously forget to write down important garden items.  Planting dates, harvest dates and exact variety names are 3 items I’d like to keep better track of in my 2023 garden.  Beginning of year predictions/ expectations/ wants and end of year successes and failures are valuable to have year over year to continuously get better.


 4. Have an AMAZING hanging basket

    • Have you ever driven down downtown Bozeman at the end of July and seen gorgeous, full flowering hanging baskets and wondered how to achieve the same result at home?  Well, it involves weekly liquid bloom fertilizer, consistent watering and regular pruning.  While my own hanging baskets are usually very pretty, I am striving for excellence this year and will be following a consistent fertilizer and pruning plan for my hanging baskets.  


5. Soil Test

    • The best way to prevent over fertilization (or under-fertilization and poor yields) is to soil test and fertilize accordingly.  This is a yearly practice for me.  However, for most home gardens, testing your soil every 3 years and using the same fertilizer recipe for those three years is sufficient.  If you have tested your garden’s soil but have no idea how to read it, email it to or stop by 111 S Broadway in Belgrade, MT.  We conduct custom garden soil fertilizer recommendations for a small fee.  


6. Weed Early and Often

      • Having some weeds in your garden is a reality of gardening.  It does not make you a bad gardener if you have some tolerance for weeds.  However, weeds can hinder your garden’s growth and production.  The best way to combat weeds in the garden is to get out there with your gardening gloves or weed removal tool and get to work as soon as possible!  My goal is to spend one hour weeding each week.  For gardens larger than mine, an hour may not be sufficient.  For gardens smaller than mine, an hour may be too much time.  Commit to whatever your garden needs or what is manageable for you.


7. Install Drip Irrigation or Some Sort of Automatic Watering System

    •  Plants will grow better with a consistent watering system and the automatic watering system will save time and money.  Additionally, if a drip system is installed, this should reduce the amount of water splashing on leaves of plants, thus reducing the instance of plant diseases.  Green Thumbs will be offering installation of drip irrigation systems in 2023! Call us at 406-388-2424 or email to get on our list for the spring.  


8. Share More Recipes 

    • A sentiment I often hear is, “I love growing *insert any food crop here* but I never know how to prepare it or what to do with it after harvest.”  One of my favorite hobbies is cooking and preserving foods from my garden.  My goal is to share more of this process with my customers–whether it be a weeknight dinner meal that uses garden plants or long term preservation and storage methods.


9. Start Something From Seed Indoors

    • There is nothing more satisfying than starting a plant from seed and watching it grow all summer.  If you’ve never started a plant indoors, it does often require supplemental lighting.  Dedicate a 1 ft x 2 ft space for a seedling tray and a 2 ft fluorescent light at the end of March to the beginning of April for a June planting of a few tomatoes or peppers or any other plant you want to enjoy.


10. Dry Flowers

    • The December blues hit hard every year.  Drying flowers is a great way to enjoy your garden indoors and curb the blues.  Many types of flowers are suitable for drying but I am going to focus my efforts on Strawflowers.  Their papery petals lend themselves well to drying and maintain their color throughout the drying process.


11. Succession Plant

    • Spring is a busy time of year.  Most years, when I finally get a chance to plant my own garden, I do it all at once.  This year, I’d like to do a better job of spacing my plantings out so that I have a steady harvest of lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, peas and beans versus planting it all at once and having to harvest all at once as well.


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