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Archive date:  December 31, 2009

A decade ends…a new one begins

Reasonable resolutions for 2010 gardeners

It is difficult to believe how quickly the past 10 years have flown by. Why, it seems like only yesterday we were all pre-occupied with Y2K and the perilous implications that life beyond the 20th century would certainly bring. Peril is a part of life, regardless of the year.

I have no prophetic insight as to what lies ahead for us all. I do feel strongly that life will present for us all both joy and pain. At least in my human experience, each of these emotional extremes are necessary to understand and appreciate the other. I’m not a huge fan of pain, but I do know it sure feels good when it quits hurting. It’s this time of year when we all begin to ponder what we should’ve done and should do. After too much of the holiday cheer, a return to reality is inevitable; it should not be dreaded.

There is no joy that equates being outdoors with nature. That is why gardeners are so passionate about their gardens. Making the best use of your time outdoors is a part of that joy. Here are a few resolutions (or tips, if you prefer) for your 2010 gardening enjoyment. Use the ones you like, disregard the rest…

Stop referring to your garden hose as a hose pipe (which is it? A hose or a pipe?)

Read the label on all products you use (they hide important information there)

Have your soil tested (particularly if you are having problems in the garden)

Use a drip-type soaker hose around shrubbery and garden beds (doesn’t spray and promote leaf
disease, also puts water directly into the soil…where it is needed)

Start composting (it’s easy and there is no excuse not to)

Mulch around trees, (keeps the mower away from bark) but don’t pile it around trunk.

Plant some berry-producing plants (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, honeyberries are easy to grow and delicious)

Put a bench or create a “sitting area” near your garden…it shouldn’t be all work
Eat snacks/meals outdoors more often (see above for directions)

Teach your children/grandchildren about gardening (avoid calling it “yard work”)

Increase use of organic fertilizers

Spray with dormant oil (but as the name implies, needs to be done while plants are dormant)

If you have tree work that needs to be done, stay on the ground and get an arborist (they have the expertise and equipment)

Let Bates Nursery & Garden Center help you make your garden its best in 2010…that’s what we’re here for.

Our updated winter hours beginning January 4, 2010: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8:00 am; we will be CLOSED Sundays until March and Wednesdays until February 13th.

We will be closed Noon, New Year’s Eve until 8:00am Monday January 4, 2010.

Happy New Year from your friends at Bates Nursery & Garden Center…beautifying Nashville Since 1932!

David Bates