Gardening Tips: CTRL+ALT+DEL

By Andrea Pavee

A few days ago, I hunkered down, and with a bit of elbow grease, rearranged my garden space to make it more habitable for me.

Prior to this dreadful lockdown, mornings were the busiest time for me as I endeavoured to get as many things under my belt as possible, including a 2 hour hike and an hour pottering about in the garden.

Naturally, exhaustion fruited as part of this process, and as a reward, I would spend another hour reading in the Living Room with cup of hot coffee by my side. However, for a change, I thought it would be nice to spend that hour reading in the garden, amongst my furry friends instead.

While we do have some garden furniture, its placement needed some rearranging, as by the time I was ready to relax, the morning sun would burn me to a crisp.

Hence, the top of my to-do list of the week was to carve out that space, and I am pleased to report that the plants are happy, the doggies are happy and so am I!

Now you may be wondering what all this has got to the with the computer-speak heading of this article. Here goes…

The garden is a living thing. Now while that sounds cliché, its application is rooted on two levels.

Firstly, and yes, the garden is a living, growing thing. Everything grows, and dies all the time, in season and out, rain or shine, night or day. Much of what happens there is out of your control and determined by Mother Nature.

However, on a personal level, and well within your capabilities, your garden arrangement can be a living, moving thing each time you refresh its outlook, whether by relocating pots, purchasing new plants or garden furniture, or propagating and grounding potted plants.

Not only does this refresh your garden line of sight, it also helps keep you motivated and interested in your newfound hobby. Like any other hobby, gardening has its own ebbs and flows, with motivation and interest being key factors in staying the course.

In addition to moving my garden furniture, I  also relocated a number of pots, thus giving the garden a “new” look.

If you like, CTLR is when you keep up your gardening chores, which includes, watering, pruning, fertilising, and maintaining your garden to be as picture perfect as possible.

ALT refers to the periodic task of refreshing your garden’s image, whether it is moving pots or furniture around, buying new plants or garden furniture, or drilling brackets into walls to showcase your hanging beauties. Beautiful gardens present an all round feast for the eyes, from ground up.

DEL pivots on the moments when you have to uproot a dying or infested plant, or perhaps to consider giving away one that is not doing as well as it should. For those who live in houses, it is easy to move pots north, south, east or west, depending in the plant’s preference. Not so, for those who live in high rises.

Taking a leaf from Marcia, consider giving your plant to someone else to give it the chance to take root and bloom.

Thank you Marcia for the many plants I inherited from you, which have since bloomed and grown.

Until next time, remember to CTLR+ALT+DEL.

Posted by Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 15 July 2021

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