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IN THE GARDEN: Gardening resolutions for the new year

Happy New Year 2018!

Gardeners have more opportunities to make their resolutions come true because we are always trying to make our gardens better; when we plan, peruse seed catalogs or put the garden to bed in the fall, we are always resolving to do something. This year, consider these ideas for YOUR garden resolution list: Compost. Consider starting a compost area, or if you already compost, add more things.

Add a new plant. Find a local nursery resource. Discover new plants such as heirlooms and plant one.

Learn something new. Attend a class, read a gardening book or visit a gardening website such as our Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension at cceoneida.com. Consider becoming a master gardener volunteer. Visit our website for more information.

Attract one new butterfly. The best way to attract butterflies to the garden is to provide the plants they like best. This includes plants used by their caterpillars, called “host plants.” Each type of butterfly has its own host plant. Do a little research and see what works best in our area. Visit the Butterflies and Moths of North America’s website at butterfliesandmoths.org for more information.

Serve one item that you grew yourself. Grow edibles; you do not need a big space. Consider one container for an edible plant, take pride in even the smallest harvest and share with others.

For the beginner, grow an herb and use it in your favorite recipe.

Add a new houseplant. This will give you a garden fix now and will get you ready for the 2018 gardening year!

Rosanne Loparco is a master gardener volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Times Telegram or online at www.cceoneida.com.

Article source: http://www.timestelegram.com/entertainmentlife/20180109/in-garden-gardening-resolutions-for-new-year