Why I Despise New Year’s Resolutions

For years I would spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve reflecting on the year just past and deciding what I hoped to accomplish in the coming year. I would subsequently start each year with a rather lengthy to do list.

The problem is that I seldom ticked anything off as the year progressed.

So then, when I went to make the following year’s resolutions, I could not help reflecting on all the unkept resolutions I had made in years past.

Eventually, this led to me feeling disappointed in myself--an emotion I found to be not only depressing but unproductive.

A few years ago, I decided it had to stop.

I had to stop making New Year’s resolutions.

I lasted a couple of years without making any resolutions at all. Then I caved to the cultural pressure and started making them again but in a different way.

I now only resolve to do things I can do right away. I don’t resolve to lose weight. That takes too long. My willpower will never hold out.

I will only resolve to redecorate the living room or have the house painted if I have the money in hand and am ready to call a painter the next day.

Doing it this way leaves you with a sense of accomplishment. You get to enjoy that wonderful out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new feeling we all need at the start of a new year.

If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet, it’s not too late.

Short of ideas?

Here’s a flavorful resolution you can easily keep:

Plant a fruit tree.

The ground may be frozen where you live and you may not be able to plant a tree right this minute but you can order a fruit tree today.

You can have the pleasure of browsing through all the possible cultivars. You can drool over images of delicious peaches and crisp, sweet apples while thoughts of the coming growing season dance through your head.

You can relish the possibilities while you consider all your fruit-flavored options.

Here in Florida, many types of citrus are ripening now. I am picking calamondins for juice every couple of days. The fruit is so pretty on the tree that I hesitate to harvest them.

The calamondin orange is 1 of the lesser known citrus trees. I love all my citrus trees but this is my favorite. It is more cold hardy, less thorny, and more productive than any other variety I have grown.

I highly recommend this tree.

If you can’t plant it in the ground, grow it in a pot. The calamondin holds the distinction of being the only citrus tree that will flower and fruit in a pot as small as 6 inches. You could grow 1 on your desk at work. It is worth growing for the jasmine scent of the blossoms alone.

You can discover the secret to getting a calamondin tree to fruit continually, here.

You can order a tree here.

Order Fruit Trees Now for Best Selection

January is the optimal month for ordering fruit trees. I say this because my suppliers tell me that their most popular trees sell out by the end of the month. If you’ve got your heart set on a particular cultivar, you might want to place your order soon.

Fast Growing Trees Nursery

Fast Growing Trees sells larger fruit trees than most online nurseries. Most varieties are available in 1 gallon and 3 gallon sizes.

Right now they are offering Free Shipping on orders over $99. This offer will end tomorrow at midnight so click over and see if the trees you want are still in stock.

The trees are also 20% off.

Here’s a small sample of what they are offering:

Key Lime Tree

I have 1 of these growing in a pot. I have moved the container into my garage for the winter as they are very cold sensitive. During the growing season, I set it just outside my screen room so it can soak up the sun.

The flowers are pretty but do not have the citrus blossom fragrance you may expect. This is the only citrus plant I have come across that lacks that heady aroma.

The fruit is great for making key lime pie or squeezing into cola drinks.

Variegated Eureka Lemon

This is an extremely ornamental lemon tree. I had a pink lemonade tree in a pot that I just loved until I left it out in the cold a few winters ago and lost it.

The fruit is usable although not very juicy. It tastes like any other lemon but people grow it more as a novelty than for fruit production.

The rind of the fruit is striped and bumpy. The flesh is pink. The

Eureka lemon is sure to be a conversation starter at your house.

Dwarf Elberta Peach

No fruit compares to a tree-ripened peach. Peaches require yearly pruning and spraying to keep them attractive, healthy and productive.

In exchange for this extra care, you get beautiful spring flowers and mouth-watering fruit.

It is well worth the effort.

Fuyu Persimmon

I tasted these for the first time last year and now I adore them. You cut them in half and scoop out the middle with a spoon. It's like eating a pudding.

If only I could find room for 1 more tree...

Click Here to See All the Fruit Trees at Fast Growing Trees

That's all for now,

Tiny and I wish you a fruitful 2012.
Your Plant Guide,