When we think of the two little words New Year the

When we think of the two little words New Year then invariably the next word that springs to mind is resolution. Of all people gardeners ought to consider making a New Year resolution. Lets make a list of all the garden jobs left over from 2006 and add to that list at least a few of those I must get around to that type jobs that youve had in the back of your mind for ages. The best plan to tackle the list is to stick them up on the fridge or behind the toilet door and as you do each job in order of priority, cross it off, until the list is exhausted. Before you know it, your garden will be looking spic and span.

Home gardeners could also think about more sustainable gardening practices.F

irst, remove those water dependent plants, bit by bit. Replace them with water wise plants, which include Australian flowering natives, succulents, bromeliads, frangipannis and the like. Mulch the whole garden and install a frog pond and a bird bath. Start your own compost heap in a secluded corner of the garden straight onto thick layers of newspaper on the ground. Resolve to only use eco-friendly alternative fungicides and pesticides. In next to no time you will be saving money on water bills and chemicals and your garden will gradually become a little garden of Eden frequented by lots of butterflies, frogs, birds and other lovely native creatures.

Finally: If you want to live longer, get a garden. Its better to plant daisies than push them up. Shirley Stackhouse

Happy New Year

Ron Burns

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