New Year's resolutions might include a few ideas for making differences in your own backyard. Finke Gardens will share ideas over the next months to help you keep this ambitious list of resolutions. Watch our website, Facebook page and our electronic newsletters for suggestions.
- Try something new in your landscape. The possibilities for new annuals, perennials, herbs, trees & shrubs are plentiful. Finke Gardens can help you find the perfect one for your home. Raspberry Stream Lobularia or Sweet Alyssum is a fragrant addition to annual combinations, with heat tolerance, long bloom periods and no need to deadhead. Keep well watered and fertilized, and this beauty will keep blooming well into October.
- Reduce waste in our lives. So happy to see the City of Lincoln ban cardboard in the landfill. Remember your bags or boxes when heading out to shop for plants. Consider giving cardboard several uses before putting in the recycling bin. We love to see shoppers bring their own boxes for shopping, and you can always count on Finke Gardens to use recycled boxes. Luann calls it our front door recycling program.
- Consider the world for others: pollinators, birds, wildlife and the unseen organisms that live in healthy soils deserve your consideration for sustaining their place in the world. Making good choices for our gardens and landscapes can contribute to the health of our environment, and provide for the food on our tables.
- Remember bouquets from your garden brighten anyone's day. Simple works! Bouquets don’t have to be elaborate arrangements - these small colorful cubes are easy to fill with a few flowers that won’t be missed in your garden or patio containers.
- Consider a native choice for your landscape. The parking lot screen on busy Burlington Avenue in Hastings is filled with native wildflowers and grasses for St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral...beautiful and sustainable.
- Plant a tree for the future - so many ways to make the world a better place. Northern Catalpa is a fast growing native tree that delights us with large white flower display in May. The large leaves provide a different texture in the urban forest.
- Get involved in your community - there's a project that needs your time, expertise and passion. Lincoln has many community service opportunities that connect children and adults with ways to care for our Earth. UNL Entomologist Doug Golick shares ways to build bee habitats.
- Share nature with a child. Strawberry plants and herbs made their way into this school landscape, and the kids learned to care for their own health as well as the environment.
- Eat well with locally grown food - from your garden and from vegetable and herb growers in our community. No space for a vegetable garden? This fall garden was planted in a fabric bag and provided Swiss Chard for weeks. The Kale fed the rabbits who evidently didn’t care for Swiss Chard.