3. Manage my vegetable garden this year. ‘Nough said.
4. Turn Saratoga Springs, NY into more of a gardening town. It’s such a pretty place. If only there were less taking-care-of-business style landscaping and more planting for pleasure, it would be so lovely. Let’s face it, the whole world would be a lot more beautiful, more ecologically sound, and more fit if we gardeners could just win a few converts apiece every season. So far, however, I have been a relative failure at spreading the gospel of the tulip, and for God’s sake, I’m a speechwriter! I make my living persuading skeptical audiences on hard chairs of tricky arguments. Maybe I am failing to present an attractive enough picture of the gardening life to the people walking by on the sidewalk, with dirt up my nose and my generally savage shovel-work. But I’m sure I look happy, if only they looked more closely. This year, I will try new tactics…taking over the bulb sale at the school? Giving away less free advice and more free plants? Planting such stunning things that they make the argument without any assistance from me?
Happy New Year!