Ringing in the new year with lows of seven below has turned my eyes ever more strongly towards spring and warm weather.
I have been defining and redefining my 2018 garden goals since the 2017 growing season started. I do this every year – mentally making notes of what works, what doesn’t, what different seedlings look like, etc.
One of my biggest goals for this year is to keep a detailed garden journal. The blog plays a part in this, but I want to start using a physical notebook. Partially because it will require me to sit down and really think through things and partially because I think it will be fun to look back on my little blue notebook from 2018 in 20 years.
My main goal for 2018 in a broader sense is debt reduction. That means that I set a goal to spend less than $150 on the garden, excluding some necessary expenses that I intentionally put off until 2018. This actually isn’t that difficult of a goal to achieve, except that Seed Savers has trees I want to add to the orchard.
I’m going to have to say no to myself. For one, I have 15 trees I need to establish this year plus grapes, blackberries, and blueberries. It makes the most sense to wait for a year to see how the first 15 trees do and then start to add on, even if the refrain that the second best time to plant a tree is now keeps running through my head.