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Time for 2016 gardening resolutions

Even though it’s cold and snowy outside, this is the perfect time to make resolutions for your yard and garden for 2016. Tonkadale Greenhouse in Minnetonka, MN has some gardening suggestions to consider for 2016.

Review and revise. Curl up next to the fire or under a warm blanket with a cup of cocoa and a notebook. Think about what went well last year and what needs to be improved upon and why.

Have your soil tested. Healthy plants start with healthy soil. Find out what your garden needs and make the modifications and amendments. Your plants will thank you and reward you.

Plant for the environment. Plant milkweed to attract monarchs, and a variety of flowers to draw pollinators like bees and butterflies. . Practice sustainable gardening – plant “water-wise” plants that do not require constant irrigation.

Try something new. There are so many varieties of plants to try. Expand your gardening knowledge in the new year!

Grow something edible. If you don’t already, give it a try. If you do, consider edible landscaping. Tuck some herbs, tomato plants, eggplants, peppers – whatever you like to eat – into the garden with your annual and perennial flowers.

Relax and enjoy. This one is the most important garden resolution to make! All the rest will fall into place if you do this first. After all, the benefits of gardening are many, but it’s all lost if it becomes a source of stress and frustration.

Here’s to healthy, happy gardens and gardeners in the new year!

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