Lismore Garden Club News

While youre on holidays, and being the beginning of a brand new year, its a good time to make a resolution to get stuck into the garden even if youve never done any gardening before. To get the kids or grandkids outside and away from the TV or computer games, include them also.

The simplest and cheapest way to start is to plant a packet of seeds. Something easy to grow like pumpkins, marigolds, sunflowers or cosmos. Plant them in a sunny spot and youll have almost instant results.

A bigger and more permanent project would be to plant a fruit tree in the back yard or plant a few native trees on the western side of the house to provide shade and also attract native birds. Be sure to keep them clear of your neighbours property.

Another project that children enjoy is installing a fish pond or frog pond. It doesnt have to be complicated; just use one of those ready to install types from the garden centre or even a half of the shell-shaped plastic childrens paddle pools/sandpits.

If youre going to be away for a while, dont forget to arrange for someone to water the pot plants. Were coming into the hottest part of the year, so they will need watering about three times a week.

The first club meeting for 2006 will be on Thursday, February 2, at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm.

Finally: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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