What else are you going to do when it’s cold, wet, rainy—and snowy—in January? This is the perfect time to pour your favorite hot beverage, cozy up to the fire with your furry friend (if you have one), and reflect on last year’s garden performance. Then you’re ready to plan your garden for the coming year!


First, I recommend reviewing last year’s goals and honestly assessing the current state of your garden. Once you know where you stand, it’s time to set goals. Below are some questions to get you started.


Where are you now?

  • Are there areas of your garden that need improvement?
  • Are plants languishing or dying?
  • Are some plants turning into bullies and crowding others out?


What’s ahead?

  • Do you want to add other elements to the garden, such as a seating area, a shed, or veggie/fruit area?
  • Are there different plants you’ve been itching to try?
  • Do you want to incorporate the latest trends?


What else?

  • Do you need to buy anything new at all? (If you lost control at the nursery last fall, your purchases are still in their pots, and you don’t know where in the heck to put them, probably not.)
  • Have growing conditions changed? (For example, if a tree has been removed, there might be more sunlight for your plants; conversely, a tree that has grown would mean more shade.)


Depending on your answers to any of these questions, this might be a year of change for your garden—and preparing now will make it a lot easier when it’s time to do the work.


So grab that mug of cocoa (or an adult beverage, if you prefer). Get warm. Let your mind dream about what could be. 2020 can be your best gardening year yet!


Are you stuck? Give us a call.

If you don’t know where to begin, or you know what you want but aren’t sure how to get there, drop us a line. We’ve been through this a few times—and we’re here to help.