I think the biggest thing I learned from last year's garden was to enjoy spending more time outside.
At heart, I'm a kitchen witch, a librarian's assistant and a cinephile. My greatest pleasures take place inside, often by a fire with a cup of tea nearby. However, the garden -- my garden -- with all of its troubles and difficulties also made me appreciate the outside.
I still do not care for bugs or heat or humidity. And though I worked hard to create a wildlife-friendly garden, I did not expect the wildlife to be quite so quarrelsome. But the very practice of caring for a garden meant I had to spend more time outside, among my plants, among my flowers and among my new animal companions. That brought me a small measure of joy, one I hope to replicate this year.
Let's also hope I'm a bit more organized and diligent in my journaling. I make no promises.