January is a great time to make resolutions for the year, in all aspects of one’s life but definitely including gardening. I find that it’s better to keep goals to a minimum – that way it’s much easier to achieve them, and if you exceed them you can congratulate yourself! So here are some of mine, and I invite all readers to add comments about your own.
- As a Master Gardener I resolve to keep trying to educate the public about safe, effective, and environmentally positive ways to grow plants, especially the ones that feed us. In particular, I plan to do a better job making educational signs and labels for the Derwood demonstration garden so that all visitors can learn.
- In my own garden, I resolve to add some more delicious and healthful herbs, and to keep my dehydrator accessible spring through fall so I can dry them while they’re still fresh and flavorful, instead of forgetting about it until fall frost threatens and nothing is at its best. I’ll also grow and dry some more roselle hibiscus.
|Use the outer parts of the red “fruits” that form after flowering. Remove the seed pod.
If it’s brown you may be able to use the seeds inside to grow plants next spring.
|We had Jamaican sorrel drink from my own plants at Christmas!|
- I resolve, where at all possible, not to waste seeds (it’s so hard not to buy or trade more than you have room for, especially with the seed catalogs spread out before you in wintertime), or food.
- And I resolve to keep the soil covered, whether with mulch, cover crops, or close planting of food plants and ornamentals.