IF you have a garden you care for then you need to think about what will happen to it should you take a long holiday.
What will your plants be like when you get home?
Especially those precious plants that require a little bit of tender loving care, so planning your holiday well ahead is the way to go.
If you want to spend a few months abroad or caravanning round Australia, then maybe, if you can leave your garden to rest, that is, no planting till you get home, that’s probably the best way, no worries when you get home.
A well mulched soil to stop most weeds is an ideal start, load your garden with organic materials like sugar cane mulch or ideally your grass cuttings off your lawn.
Smother any weeds that might poke their heads through and dig in when you get home, making an ideal base for your new plants.
However, for short holidays and certain plants you want to keep, some people use old milk bottles filled with water that can drip feed your plants.
Once again some planning is required, but maybe milk bottles are a bit, you know, rough around the edges, so what about some nice looking wine bottles, available in shades of green in many styles.
These will look better in the garden and can do the same job.
Talking about brightening up your garden have you ever thought about ‘lighting’ for your garden.
There are so many different styles of solar lights available to compliment your garden at night. It’s a nice way to add ambiance to your plants.
Even ‘glow in the dark paint’ for those nice pots you may have, and those precious plants you would like to ‘show off ‘ to others walking by.
Glow in the dark paint on your pots make them come alive at night.
There are many ways that you can identify your plants as they grow.
Plastic or light timber tags for short term use, with the plant names inscribed or painted spoons in bright colours to highlight certain plants in your garden.
These are ideal for the many different types of herbs that are available on the market should you get mixed up with their names,
You could of course become a little bit kinky, there are many wonderful gardens with bush rocks and sleepers and odd bits of paraphernalia hanging off fences with plants growing in them.
Old bags, filled with soil growing flowers and plenty of metal animals, framed reeds and concrete animals, storks and native birds and even elephants and pigs.
Your garden could become the talking piece of the suburb.
You throw away or recycle soft drink cans, have you ever thought of using these cans for bulking up your big pots or above ground gardens, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on potting mix to fill those big areas.
All it takes is a little thought in what you wish to do and lo and behold, great things can happen to brighten up your day.