HELEN LANG: Wishes of happiness, good gardening in new year

Now that it is too cold to work outside, it might be a great time to plan what you are going to do on your piece of real estate

Christmas has come and gone, but there is still lots of sparkle and fun going on for most of us – at least I hope so.

Do you know about something called first footing? I seem to recall that if a dark-haired man comes to your door before anyone else during the early hours of 2012, you are likely to win the lottery (so I’ve been told). It’s a happy thought, but honestly I can’t quite believe it. Can you?

Now that it is too cold to work outside, it might be a great time to plan what you are going to do on your piece of real estate. Grow more vegetables? More flowers? Move a tall shrub away from in front of the living room window, buy a new rose, maybe a clematis? It’s too early to think of buying – this is just the time for thinking about it, and making a few plans. Meanwhile, why not sharpen the blade of your lawn mower, put together some new planter boxes, wash the car? No, this is a gardening column, not sage advice on your love life. I get carried away sometimes, when all I really want to do is wish you good gardening and the happiest New Year possible. Have a good one (no – a great one) and whatever you do, don’t stop dreaming.

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 25 years.

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