With the arrival of a New Year, many of us will have made resolutions for the months ahead - perhaps you would like to spend more time with family and friends, drink more water, or eat healthier foods. While it's wonderful to put together a list of good intentions, these can often feel more like a chore than a joy to keep. We have put together seven New Year's resolutions you may actually enjoy keeping.
We are all guilty of neglecting our gardens from time to time - especially when wet weather threatens. Strengthening our resolve to tend to our gardens this year is something many of us may be doing, whether that's in the form of putting aside one hour a week to get outdoors, or committing to a day in the garden as often as possible. Whatever works for your space and schedule, making the decision to pay more attention to your garden this year will pay dividends when the fruits of your hard work begin to bloom.
Welcome a whole host of wildlife to your garden this year, and create a haven for butterflies, bees, birds and more. From scattering wildflowers to ensuring the availability of plenty of fresh water and bird food, there are a number of ways to attract wildlife throughout the year.
Why not make 2018 the year you finally cook up that recipe you've been dying to try, or turn your hand to a new type of cuisine? It is easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking, with a weekly rotation of reliable classics. While there is nothing wrong with this, if time allows, trying out something new and delicious could make for surprising results! We have a great range of recipe books in store now, for a little foodie inspiration.
15 Minute Vegan, Katy Beskow, £15
Hummus & Co, Michael Rantissi & Kristy Frawley, £20
Why not shake things up in the garden this year, by trying out a new plant? While we all have our tried and tested favourites, giving something completely new a go can bring renewed interest to your garden as well as teaching new skills to the gardener. If you aren't sure quite where to start, or what to go for, our Beetham Nurseries garden experts will be happy to help.
A popular New Year's resolution with many, planning to be more organised is an annual affirmation which is easy to make, but a little harder to stick at. Making use of a planner or diary can help, as can taking inspiration from the experts (many of whom have shared their organisational wisdom with us through the written word). For those with green fingers, keeping a gardeners log is a brilliant way to record progress throughout the year.
The 52 Lists Project, Moorea Seal, £14.99
Washing Up Is Good For You, £12.99
Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal made with produce from your very own garden. Aside from the enjoyment of eating home grown fruit and veg, growing your own produce is also fun and family friendly, while the health benefits of getting out into the garden can only be added to those gained from eating your greens.
There are a number of small ways in which we can all do a little more to help the environment, in order to contribute to big results down the line. Using a reusable drinks flask or food canister is one: great for keeping tea, coffee and soup nice and hot, these sleek and stylish canisters from Klean Kanteen are a brilliant alternative to takeaway cups and plastic food packaging. They're also great when it comes to packing a warming brew while out in the garden!
Klean Kanteen Flask, available in a range of sizes and styles, from £14.95