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2012 Garden Goals/Resolutions

Wow. It’s been a long time since I posted something. I guess my first goal for 2012 should be that I write more often. Anyway, here are my gardening goals for the upcoming year. Keep in mind that my garden is hibernating for winter — so don’t judge!!

1. Post more often. 

2. Winterize the greenhouse. Right now we’re using the cheap interior plastic to keep out the extra cold but a recent wind storm removed a lot of it.  At least the little heater is helping keep the aeoniums and other wimpy plants from freezing. I’d like to add some heavy duty plastic panels like the ones I add to the chicken coop every winter.

Greenhouse from recycled windows

3. Replace the reed fencing that hides the neighbor’s chain link fence. I’m hoping they’ll let me replace the chain link with something but they seem to be fond of it. I’d LOVE to add a composting fence. Here are some of my inspiration pictures:

As you can see, the wind also did a little damage to my reed fence cover but it’ll be easy to fix.
Reed Fencing

Replace Reed Fencing with...

4. Get honey bees. I’m taking the class with WSU Snohomish County Extension office starting January 9. I can’t wait! If you’re interested, here’s information on the class:

5. Add more espalier fruit. I’m planning on adding an espalier peach tree and fig tree to the garden. We’ll plant the peach on a south facing fence in the veggie garden (pictured below) and the fig on a south facing wall along the walkway between our front and back yards.

Home to my future espalier peach tree

6. Redesign the veggie garden layout. Since my green beans are losing their home to my future espalier peach tree, I need to find a new home for the green beans. I’m thinking of using rebar and cattle panels to create a bean trellis we can walk under – similar to the one I saw in the Jenning’s Park Garden in Marysville (pictured below). I’m thinking of adding it along our walkway to the greenhouse.

Jenning's Park Garden - Pea Arbor

This is all I’ve got so far. Wish me luck.


9 Comments Post a comment
  1. We all have a lot to do in 2012 I look forward to growing and sharing with you Happy New Year to you and yours Annie <|;-)


    December 30, 2011
  2. My West Michigan garden is sleeping as well, so no judgement from here. I do love this time of year; The new seed catalog stack is about an inch high already and I am looking forward to lingering on each page.

    Good luck with your projects, and Happy New Year!


    December 30, 2011
  3. cfox #

    I love the fence ideas! Can’t wait to hear how the garden transformations progress in 2012.
    Happy New Year!


    December 31, 2011
  4. These are great ideas! I have no doubt you’ll have them all implemented soon. Please post photos.

    And, Travis, do you hear me? Put the pot back exactly how you’re supposed to, okay? :)


    January 3, 2012
    • Grace, thanks for asking Travis to add the pot back nicely. It was fixed shortly after I posted this…maybe he’s started reading my posts?


      January 15, 2012
  5. Happy New Year! Okay, I am a huge fan of the recycled-window-greenhouse. WOW. Maybe 2012 is the year for your compost fence? Love that you are taking a beekeeping class! Dave over at has a lot of great posts on his first year keeping bees, fyi. I’ll be eager to keep up with you and your garden / bees / goals this year! Good luck!


    January 3, 2012
    • Aimee,
      Thanks for the link to Dave’s site. I need to decide on the fence soon, before our busy gardening season starts.


      January 15, 2012

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