With spring in full swing, local gardeners are encouraging people to shop local to support community businesses.
After a long, chilly winter, the arrival of spring brings a renewed sense of growth, colour and beauty in our surroundings, so it’s a good chance to take the opportunity to reconnect with nature and create a thriving outdoor space, which will bring endless joy throughout the year.
It’s always recommended to appreciate the little things, and if those small things are plants in your outdoor space, then it’s a good start.
If you’re looking to get involved in gardening or you don’t know where to start, there are plenty of options around your local area to check in, get some advice and create a gardening space perfectly suited to your liking and preferred maintenance.
Whether you are interested in growing your own vegetables, planting flowers or creating a tranquil garden space, now is the time to start planning and preparing.
Gardening can be a shared experience that brings people together, creating a sense of community and friendship.
As you nurture and care for outdoor spaces, you will not only enhance your surroundings but also improve your wellbeing.
Go to your local plant seller and propagation expert — they will know exactly what you need, when you’ll need it and how to get around it.
Gore garden enthusiast Dianne Hamlin says local businesses have the best plants which are grown in your area.
“It’s best to buy plants sold from family businesses and local businesses because they will be selling plants which are hardy to the climate in our area.
“We’ve got great local places in our area which sell great plants.
“Around this time, the soil starts warming up for the likes of vegetable planting, so that’s something to start thinking about too.”
Her background of propagation knowledge has led to her getting involved in garden clubs and garden show events.
She takes after her mother, who introduced her to the Gore Garden Club, and her sister is a florist.
“I guess it runs in the family. We all thoroughly enjoy it.”
Take extra care during the coming seasons and as there is a possibility of a dry summer.
“I’m wondering what will happen, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see — the garden might need a little extra tending to.”