Lismore Garden Club News

If you, like me, suffer a shortage of space in the garden to plant that next must have plant that you bring home, there are other ways of accommodating it other than the traditional method of planting it into a garden bed.

But before I enter into the possible solutions to your problems I want to make a confession. I am a plantaholic and am my own worst enemy. At my place plants have taken over the yard to the point where you almost have to walk like a crab (sideways) to get through parts of the garden.

Getting back to this lack of planting space problem, a good idea is to use a combination of pots and hanging baskets, and vertical space.

Fortunately for me my favourite plants are many of the epiphites (plants that naturally grow on trees like orchids, bromeliads and orchid cactus). I made pot hangers from wire coat hangers and hung the pots in trees, fixing plastic coated wire baskets onto fences and putting pots in them, and tied plants directly onto trees.

Not all types of plants will adapt to this method but many will. Certainly all plants will grow in pots and many of these can be accommodated vertically directly onto trees.

Finally: The doctor examines the wife and says to the husband, I dont like the look of your wife. Me neither says the husband. But shes a good cook and gardener.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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