Ligaya Gardening Tips #7 Winter’s bite


We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with bugger all effort.

I’ll collate them on this page.

Cold damaged Avocado
Cold damaged Avocado and a dog

As Athena is pointing out on the pic above, many plants suffer from the cold over Winter.

This is normal in nature but is of greater concern to we gardeners who enjoy the bounty from having a few tropical and subtropical trees around the place .

We’ve found that, even though there is a lot of drying out and browning of the leaves, most trees will bounce right back once the warmth hits.

The tree in the pic is our Avocado, it’s 4 years old now and goes like this each Winter. Below is a pic of our Mango (sans Athena) which is 3 years old and goes through the same routine every year.

Of course, keeping the plants as warm as possible helps.

You can create warmer microclimates around the plant with large rocks to absorb daytime heat and radiate it at night, warming the air a little in the immediate vicinity. That’s a technique that we used for the first two years with the young trees in the front garden.

If your plant is in a pot, it can be moved into a more suitable microclimate such as by a wall that receives sunlight during the day or a reflective rainwater tank.

You can even try Bubble wrapping the plant and pot to insulate it like a mini greenhouse (but don’t forget to water it… like I did…and open the plastic from time to time to let the moisture out… mea culpa).

Bubble wrap trees
All rugged up warm

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