6. Make a conscious decision to plant perfumed flowers or foliage in the garden or in containers. Smells are one of the best ways to trigger memories, catching the heady scents of a flower we haven’t smelt since our child hood can instantly transform us to that time. Build a collection of plants that are at their best at different times of the year. This way good memories will follow you around all year.
7. Plant or pot up a variety of plant every month that will gives you great pleasure. By the end of the year you have 12 plants that you feel happy with. Imagine, by the end of next year you will have 24 treasures. This is a simple, manageable way of updating the garden or patio area to make it reflect your personality.
8. One of the greatest threats to biodiversity in cities are the urban infill projects being completed across our cities. More housing has resulted in loss of large backyards. To counteract this trend create a habitat area in your own backyard. This area doesn’t have to be large, just protection from predators and don’t forget to include watering points.
9. Take time to notice what is happening in the garden. Use this time as relaxation – a sort of nature mediation. Dedicate about 15-20 minutes every week to wandering through the yard. If you only have a balcony garden take time to look at the leaves, flowers and fruits. You will learn a lot by just observing what is happening to plants and their surrounds.
10. Dedicate a corner or section of the garden to a specialist interest such as cacti or succulents, roses or daylillies. By developing a specialist interest in a different genus or group, suddenly gardening can become fun. If you have children dedicate an area for the children, allow them to garden it as they want to. Nurturing their interest in gardens, plants and nature is giving a child a life skill gift.