Find below some New Year resolutions which you can carry forward into your gardening plans, for the year ahead.
Compost your waste
What better way to recycle what you have used, than by creating and using homemade compost. When you do this, you will be creating valuable soil improver and mulch, along with providing wildlife a place to live. All you need to start this, is to set up a compost bin - you can either buy a ready-made on, or create one of your own. Then just add to it any garden waste, plus kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings.
Throughout the year, you will use a lot of water in your garden. The most effective way to do this, is to install a few water butts in your garden, and help to reduce your reliance on using mains water. As a result, once some water has been collected, you will be watering your plants with rain water, instead of water from the tap. Some of your plants will prefer this, and benefit from it. Look to connect your water butts to downpipes from your home roof, garden shed and greenhouse. Not only will doing this be better for your water bills and finances as a result, but it can help to reduce the pressure on water reserved, especially during lengthy dry spells.
Grow your own fruit and vegetables
In your garden, you may be able to create some space to grow a selection of crops, allowing you to experience some home grown produce during the year. Potatoes, courgettes, runner beans - any of these are a great option as a starting point, as they are easy-to-grow.
Increase the amount of wildlife in your garden
By choosing to feed the birds, you can attract a great deal more winged friends into your garden. You could dig a pond, which will see a large number of new wildlife be introduced to your space. Additionally, you could plant some flowers for pollinators, allowing bees a place to work. Even a small introduction of any of these elements, will create a great benefit for particular wildlife.
Use less plastic items
This is a great aim to go for, to help reduce the amount of plastic in use in society. From gardening tools you use, to plant pots, seed trays and sheeting used to suppress weeds. If you can aim to find substitute items to the usual plastic, you should aim to do so. There are more alternatives now than ever before, so make use of them and their availability should only increase going forward.