Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH DEBBI

THIS Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, is Fa­ther’s day, which in Aus­tralia is cel­e­brated on the first Sun­day of Septem­ber. It is also the third day of spring. It’s no co­in­ci­dence that Fa­ther’s Day falls in spring.

It’s the time of year when the gar­den wakes up and plants start grow­ing as the weather warms up.

Although not a pub­lic hol­i­day, along with Mother’s Day and Christ­mas Day, Fa­ther’s day is a time for fam­i­lies to get to­gether.

Spring is a busy time for gar­den­ers, so make dad’s day su­per spe­cial by giv­ing him gar­den re­lated gifts (it beats socks and undies.)

Hand­made or pur­chased, there are items to fit ev­ery bud­get.

From seeds, seedlings and plants, to gloves, hand tools, shov­els, spades, rakes, hoes and hoses, pots and con­tain­ers, gar­den or­na­ments and fur­ni­ture.

Make a gar­den ham­per for dad by fill­ing a bucket or con­tainer with an as­sort­ment of seeds, hand tools and gloves.

What about a mini prop­a­ga­tion green­house, which is ideal for sowing spring veg­etable or flower seeds.

Gar­den­ing and DIY books make great read­ing and may pro­vide some in­spi­ra­tion for the next gar­den project.

Sub­scrip­tions to gar­den mag­a­zines are an­other gift idea, and they keep com­ing for the next 12 months.

If Dad prefers do­ing, rather than read­ing, of­fer to help him pre­pare the soil for a spring veg­gie gar­den.

Re­move any weeds and de­bris, then dig it over to the depth of a spade.

Dig in some com­post, ma­nure, fer­tiliser, blood and bone and potash to add body and nu­tri­ents.

This can be left for a few weeks be­fore plant­ing.

If the gar­den has space for some new additions, Dad may also like a beau­ti­ful mag­no­lia, avail­able in an ar­ray of styles, colours and sizes, which are flow­er­ing now.

Or some of our stun­ning na­tive plants flow­er­ing now, in­clud­ing a range of Cal­lis­te­mon, Gre­vil­lea, Lechenaultia, Aca­cia and Har­den­ber­gia.

It is Dads spe­cial day so make him feel loved and ap­pre­ci­ated.

To all the Dads, Happy Fa­ther’s Day and thank you.

Happy gar­den­ing.

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