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.