GAR­DEN HINTS

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with MANDI

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.

Happy gar­den­ing.

◆ 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.

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