2017 Garden Goals

My goal for my garden this year is to grow enough food in enough variety to make it almost unnecessary to shop for vegetables during the growing season.

This will be my ninth year messing about with the garden. To date, my method has been to grow whatever seems interesting to me and plant it wherever there’s room. I haven’t paid much attention to the growing needs of specific types of plants, or to the quality of my soil beyond adding bagged dirt and fertilizer now and then. Consequently, I’ve had varying degrees of luck with different plants, and even with the same plants. Some years there are too many tomatoes to handle, and other years there are barely enough for a bowl of salsa.

This year I’m actually going to plan.

My gardening wish list includes growing lights, warming coils or warming pads, and either a digital soil tester or a soil test kit.

2017 Reading Goals

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything, but I hope to post more consistently in the coming year.

My reading goal for 2017 is to read at least one nonfiction book and one fiction book each month. For January, my selections are “The Children’s Home” by Charles Lawrence for fiction and “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee for nonfiction.

Since earning my undergrad degree in literature, I’ve hardly read anything that could be classified as “literature.” Most of my fiction reading has fallen into the categories of horror, sci-fi, and (dare I say?) paranormal romance. While “The Children’s Home” is classified as horror, it’s described as literary horror, which is supposedly superior to other categories. I’m looking forward to “The Gene” because I loved Mukherjee’s 2010 work, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Happy New Year, and happy reading!