NAR Dashboard


Our Mission.

You care about your home. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® cares about homeownership. To help you become the best, most responsible homeowner you aspire to be, we want to provide you with free information and tools you can use to make smart and timely decisions about your home.

From time to time, we may reach out to you to help us support legislation and/or policies that may have an impact on you, the homeowner. You can choose to join our cause. Or you can choose not to. Regardless, your privacy is safe with us.

We'll never share or sell your email address or other personal information you may provide us in the course of using the site with anyone without your explicit consent.

6 Gardening Resolutions I Swear I’ll Keep This Year

Every year I resolve to be a more diligent gardener: This year, I mean it.

Added to Binder
Lisa's potting bench with her gardening tools

One of my resolutions is to put my tools away on my potting bench instead of leaving them out. Image: Lisa Kaplan Gordon for HouseLogic

Usually, my New Year’s gardening resolutions begin with: Stay on top of weeding. But last year, I experimented with alternative gardens — square foot gardens, plastic bag gardens — that virtually vanished weeds from my vegetable patch.

So, this year, I’ve got time to work on the other resolutions on my list.

  • Grow only what I’ll eat, instead of planting seven kinds of lettuce and letting it spoil in my vegetable crisper.
  • Hang gardening tools on my potting bench every day, rather than letting them rust in the rain.
  • Prune, feed, and spray my roses all summer, not just at the beginning of the season.
  • Do what it takes — compost, stake, feed — to grow a decent tomato.
  • Don’t give gardening advice to my neighbor unless he asks, then keep quiet when he ultimately does it his own way.

What plans do you have for your garden this year?

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

Track Your Progress

Added to Binder