Many of us attempt to make New Year’s resolutions. In our gardens, we can make many different kinds of resolutions, such as:

  • To work consistently in the garden, deadheading, planting and fertilizing.
  • To add a water feature.
  • To create a new garden.
  • To add a new patio or shade area to the garden.
  • To create a sustainable garden with vegetables and herbs.
  • Etc, etc, etc!

However, I’d like to offer a suggestion for your garden-related New Year’s resolution: Resolve to simply spend more time in your garden or on your patio, enjoying the world around you.

So often, when I speak to my fellow desert denizens and ask them how they use their patio, the answer is heartbreaking: I don’t.

We have chosen to live in this beautiful desert climate, and the winter months are a perfect time to be outside and take in all that you have done to create a beautiful environment around you.

Please: Enjoy this easy resolution for many years to come!

If you only have 20 minutes in your desert potted garden this week: Take this week off from the work of gardening, and simply practice your new resolution to enjoy!

Marylee is the founder and former owner of The Contained Gardener in Tucson, Ariz. She has become known as the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. E-mail her with comments and questions at, and follow The Potted Desert on Facebook.