Fragments and weirding part 1

This’ll be part 1 of a series of rambling, thoughtful, posts I’ll be writing on my perceptions of the social and cultural catastrophe that is global weirding. First, let me explain that I have adopted the term ‘global weirding’ to express my view of the climate emergency that is now beyond our capacity to fix and of the havoc it is wreaking on our world and world views. I consider it a more galvanizing term than ‘change’ and far more expressive of the events unravelling as we move into uncharted territory as a species. I think ‘weirding’ captures the essence of the non-linear changes that both our climate and our society are going through. It has been said that it’s almost like our reality is breaking down, fragmenting in fact and I agree, but more on the nature of the new realities in a later piece. In my musings, I’ve thought a lot about the scale of the problems and

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Watering in Winter?

It might seem counterintuitive but late Winter and early Spring are excellent times to start your watering regime for the warm weather. Unless you garden in wicking beds, this is the time to check down into the soil to see how much moisture is held in the ground. The preoccupation with mulch that some gardeners have can be detrimental to their garden by actually preventing water reaching the subsoil. Unless designed to allow water to penetrate, mulches can absorb or even repel water falling on them. In a wet Winter, enough rain falls to overcome this but rainfall is decreasing and I reckon that in a couple of years, it may not be enough to penetrate thick mulch beds. At Ligaya Garden, we water just before it rains, even in Winter. A little water at that stage helps the rain soak in and penetrate deeper into the root zone of plants This way, the rain even helps wash away the

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Strange days

Last night the sky turned a bizarre yellow. In its own way it was beautiful, the unusual colour turning the plants in the garden into alien creatures. According to friends who follow such things it’s because the Yanks are spraying sulphur dioxide everywhere instead of slashing their greenhouse emissions. I took a few pics and a short video, so enjoy… 

We’re still green! 

We’ve had a couple of weeks of super high temperatures and it looks like we’ve got more to come. The garden is still kicking on. There’s still a lot of cool green space within its bounds. It’s taking more water than we’d like to keep it this way so we’re changing some plants to more productive heat tolerant perennials  I took this video as a bit of a walk through. There’s no voice over, just cool green plants…