Gardening New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. If you are planning on getting out in the garden a bit more this year or maybe even brand new to the world of gardening, we are here to help. Check out our gardening resolutions to help get you off to a great start this year!

Use Less Plastic

Committing to using fewer plastic products in the garden is a great resolution to take up! You could start by swapping your plastic watering can to a metal alternative or using fibre pots and seed trays. Any change, no matter how small, is a step towards becoming more sustainable in the garden.

Make Your Own Compost

Home composting has lots of benefits, and not just for your garden, but for the environment too. By making your own compost as opposed to using potting compost which often contains moss peat, you can help to protect Ireland’s biodiversity. Besides, homemade compost is fantastic for your soil’s texture, structure and moisture, creating much healthier plants.

Read our full blog on Home Composting here!

Attract Pollinators

Create a “buzz” around your garden this year and encourage beautiful pollinators into your outdoor space. All gardens have the potential to be pollinator friendly, not only for bees but for other pollinators such as butterflies and moths. A great, simple way to encourage pollinators is by sowing some wildflower seeds. You will benefit from the beautiful displays of colour and your garden will benefit from all of the wildlife and pollinators the flowers will attract. We also stock a variety of bee hives and bug houses which are a great way to attract different pollinators to your garden.

Recycle Rainwater

Your tap water contains many chemicals, fluorides and salts which can be harmful to the plants. Collecting and reusing rainwater is a much safer and sustainable option. Water Butts are the most effective way of gathering rainwater for watering plants. Simply dunk your watering can into the water butt to fill it. If you don’t have a water butt available to you, why not recycle an old barrel or even a bathtub – they can be just as effective!

Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own fruit and veg in the garden is a really rewarding hobby. Home grown food is great for the environment and really tasty. What’s more is that you do not need a large space in order to grow your own produce. We have a wide range of raised beds, polytunnels and greenhouses suitable for all sized spaces.

We’re here to help

If you need any help with your Gardening New Year’s Resolutions talk to any of our horticulturists in store or contact us on social media. We’d love to help!


All products mentioned in the above blog can be bought on or in your local CountryLife branch. To find your nearest store click here.

Garden Lake Water Butt Kit 200L

This attractive wood grain effect tapered shaped water butt allows you to harvest rainwater from any roof. The kit includes a stand, downpipe diverter, hose-connector tap, and a child-safe locking lid. 

Price: €89.95

Woodford Raised Veggie Box

The Woodford Raised Veggie Box is a convenient solution for easier gardening and organized plant growth. This raised veggie box offers the benefits of reducing strain on your back and knees while maintaining a tidy appearance for your flowers and vegetables.

Price: €145.00

Gardman Bee Hive

Timber Beehive Box to provide a sheltered habitat for bees!

Price: €24.99