What a sight for sore eyes to see and feel glorious rain after months of smoke, heat and wind.
Today I stopped to look up and stare at the wonders of a healthy, happy sky, picture perfect blue with billowy clouds creating a wonderful 3D effect.
Even though summer is officially over, the heat is still invading our days, but the season has definitely turned. A row of trees on my road are already turning, early it seems and yet a gentle reminder that autumn is upon us and we are finally leaving summer behind, with not an ounce of regret.
Autumn is the best season for everything outside.
This autumn, your garden will require some special attention. Seems like no garden has come out of this summer unscathed. Autumn rain is the best rain, it refreshes, refills and re-energises everything. In the case of this year, where all of our water supplies were seriously compromised, it brings pure relief to see, hear and feel rain again.
Now is a great time to re-access your drainage. These dumping storms bring right to the forefront where our water run-off goes. Dig new drains and trenches or create new contours and swales to divert the water in a direction that is more beneficial to your garden. This may be the perfect opportunity to redesign your garden, strategically placing a mound, dry creek bed or pond to manage extra water.
If you have a lot of die back in plants, cut it off. Plants hate dead wood. If you have dead plants, pull them out and plant something new.
All our plants have 'shedded' badly this year. Eucalypts always 'dump' bark, leaves and dead limbs at the end of summer, but this year they have been particularly messy. Most of your other plants have likely 'dumped' excess foliage as a survival mechanism, leaving them looking sparsely foliaged and needing some extra care. Plants under stress do well with a light spray of Seasol on their foliage. It works like a tonic and aids in recovery.
Many plants are growing new foliage and some are flowering, out of their normal season. Plants often flower after drought and as a response to rainfall. Hopefully the frosts will not start too early and our plants will have some time to recover during autumn.
If we are all to contribute in our own small way to reducing carbon, we need to plant more. We all need greenery and shade around our houses; this has a two-fold effect, increasing oxygen and cooling your house while requiring less aircon. Plant selection is obviously critical so do your research first.
A scientist (Dr Joanne Chory) is presently working on developing 'super plants'. Plants evolved to take up CO2, fix it then put it back into the atmosphere. What she is presently working to design is plants capable of storing more carbon dioxide in their roots and then dispersing it into the soil. On a large scale, this has the potential to extract enough CO2 out of the atmosphere to slow down climate change. This is still in its preliminary stages of research, but really positive. Imagine, combined with other global initiatives, being able to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change while providing more food, fuel and fibre for our growing population. This research could truly change our planet.
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