We have all heard the term spring fever and Im sure it must refer to the way gardeners act as spring approaches. They seem to be mesmerised by the awakening of nature from her long winter rest, by the unfurling of leaves on deciduous trees, by the fragrance of blossom on the air, by the scurrying of birds to build their nests and raise their young. It is without a doubt (even though its the shortest season) the gardeners favourite season. We now have six to eight weeks to get in a crop or get plants established before the hot weather sets in.
Its not only seasoned gardeners that are affected by spring fever many first time gardeners are bitten by the bug also. If youre a newcomer and are a little puzzled about how to proceed, then here are a couple of tips.
The first step is to get out and purchase a Yates Garden Guide and read it right through. By then you will have a good idea on how to design, construct and maintain a garden. The other thing to do is contact your local garden club and consider joining. Garden clubs are made up of friendly people who are only too willing to share their combined wealth of knowledge with new members.
The Lismore Garden Club is hosting the annual City of Lismore and District 2006 Garden Competition. Judging is on September 3 and 4 and gardens will be open for viewing from September 9-12. There are 28 sections and anyone can enter. Entry is only $5. For more info phone me on 6624 7422 0421 021 451.
Finally: Dont concentrate your efforts on the plants, instead, concentrate your efforts on the soil by conditioning, fertilising, moisturising and mulching, and the plants will take care of themselves.
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