One of the true joys of gardening is to be able to observe the beautiful native creatures as we walk or work around the garden. Many of the potential inhabitants of our gardens may not yet be present because we havent provided the conditions they need to flourish. They will all need encouragement by providing a balanced environment that includes food, water, shelter and a place to breed. Its also most important to eliminate the use of chemicals in your garden, as most of them have an adverse effect on the good creatures as well as the targeted pests. This can be achieved by only using environmentally friendly methods of dealing with garden pests and diseases (which includes the use of native creatures such as insect predators.) Butterflys are a delight to behold, flitting from flower to flower. You will be amazed at the number of different species we have in our area. All we need to do is to plant butterfly attractant plants such as buddleia and penta. Frogs are truly the gardeners friend as they help to keep down a lot of the pests in your garden. Simply supply them with a small pond in a shady part of the garden and they will come. Birds are attracted by the planting of native flowering trees and shrubs for nectar, nesting sites, and shelter from the elements and predators. Birds will consume quite a lot of your garden pest insects. If you live in close proximity to water you may be privileged by the presence of water dragons. These lovely lizards are a great ally in the garden as they eat lots of insect pests. The blue tongue lizard is another really beneficial reptile to have around its deadly on snails. It just requires some cover at ground level such as rocks and logs. Its also essential to provide a cat and dog free garden for blue tongues. There is no doubt that you will vastly increase the pleasure that you derive from your garden by taking a few steps to invite in these lovely native creatures. The last Lismore Garden Club meeting for the year is the AGM on Thursday, October 5, at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm. For more information phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.
Finally: If you want to feel rich just count the good things that you have in your life that money cant buy.
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