WATCH WHERE YOU WALK

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

EN­JOY THE SHOW

Blos­som is queen right now and pay­ing at­ten­tion for the short time it’s on dis­play is the least you can do. Fruit trees de­vote a huge amount of their en­ergy to ad­ver­tis­ing their readi­ness to pro­duce through their spec­tac­u­lar ar­rays of blos­som and the bees re­spond ac­cord­ingly. So, I be­lieve, should we. The Ja­panese hold fes­ti­vals to pay homage to the blossoming of the cher­ries, as do we New Zealan­ders (at least those who live in Alexan­dra and Hast­ings), and there’re few cel­e­bra­tions more heart­warm­ing than a blos­som fes­ti­val. In the home gar­den or or­chard – and many home gar­dens these days are part-vege gar­den, part or­chard – grow­ers are tak­ing time to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy the show pro­vided by their fruit­ing trees: plum, ap­ple, peach and Soggy con­di­tions in parts of the coun­try (the wet parts) are caus­ing prob­lems with ac­cess­ing gar­dens. Those boggy im­ped­i­ments range from hav­ing gum­boots so weighed down with cling­ing mud that they can barely be lifted, to gar­den beds hav­ing to be re­named as small lakes. What­ever the de­gree of in­nun­da­tion your gar­den may have suf­fered, it’s widely ac­cepted that you shouldn’t walk on the soil, for fear of driv­ing all of the oxy­gen out of it and ren­der­ing it un­fit for plant­ing. Make paths and

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