GARDENING is good for your health. You may not necessarily think of gardening as exercise but it certainly can be. The jobs we need to tend to now in the garden certainly give our muscles a workout. Here are just a few. Weeding is necessary at the moment because they seem to grow overnight with the warm weather and the water we are giving the garden. It is important to keep up with the weeds because they will rob your plants of water and nutrients if left to flourish in your garden. If you haven’t already fertilised, do it now. Plants will be cope better with the summer heat if they are strong and healthy. Make sure you water well after applying any fertiliser to ensure it is not sitting on top of dry soil and foliage. Top up mulch on all garden beds and around trees after you have fed them. Water this down well so it settles and an extra drink won’t hurt at this stage as it is very dry already. Mulching will keep the ground moist and help eliminate weed competition also. I’m sure you are all busy mowing lawns at the moment. The smell and look of freshly mown spring lawn is one of my favourites. Keeping up with whipper snipping and mowing is also a good idea to minimise areas for snakes to hide in your garden. It is apparently a bad season for snake sightings this spring. With the dry season we are experiencing keeping the area around your house mown and tidy is important also. Gardening is also good for your mental wellbeing. Planting, mowing, weeding or harvesting can give us a real sense of achievement. Picking some of the first roses in spring, which always seem seem to be the biggest and best of the season, and bringing them inside is a real treat. Share a bunch with a friend who may not have their own to pick - it will make their day. Perfumes in the garden can evoke warm memories too. So many people come into the nursery and smell a certain flower and exclaim it makes them think of their grandparent’s garden that they played in as children or the flower was one of their mum/dad’s favourite. If you have lost someone, having a plant or flower in your garden that gives you fond memories is a great idea.
◆ NOSTALGIC SCENTS: Planting certain flowers in your garden can not only bring with it a sense of achievement, it can bring back childhood memories or help you honour the life of a loved one.