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… 

Our newest additions 

People say I’m crazy to plant in this heat. Maybe I am but I can’t help it. The new arrivals are all hot weather plants that are being grown by folks in the general area. Common sense prevails in the choice of plants even if not in the timing. In the pics below, you’ll see a couple of Giant Tree Tomatoes, an Hibiscus, a Long Melon Gourd and some Tamarillos.  They’re all planted in the garden in the positions that suit them best. With a little water and worm wee, they just might make it!  Wish them luck! 

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… 

Retrofitting for Summer

Our  next door neighbours, Steve and Donna have been having trouble with the heat. We had access to a few extra resources and were sure the community could provide more, so decided to do what we could to retrofit the front of their house to protect it from the Sun. Their place is the same as ours, the longest axis faces almost west and cops the full Sun in the afternoon in Summer with the bedroom and lounge room windows on that side. We really started a month or so back by planting rapid growing, tall, edible plants along the little strip by the bedroom windows. We had Sunflower and Corn seedlings to spare, plus some Jerusalem Artichokes thea needed removing from our garden. Next, we’ll add in some groundcover like cucumbers. The idea is to provide a bed of edible plants that will shade the soil, brickwork and windows and also add moisture to cool the are flowing into

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Vlog 3: Surviving the heat

It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the larger plants would shade areas in which we planted annuals and more delicate perennials. I’m happy to say it’s worked a treat. Anyways… Happy New Year from all of us… 

Vlog 2: It’s hot! 

Summer’s here and the temperature is frequently topping 40°C. I usually go around the outside of the house and compare temperatures in full sun and in shade. This year I’ve made a video of most of my findings. Some might surprise you – they always do me! The take home lesson from all this is that shade is good, full sun is bad. It’s that easy! The inside of the house averages 24°C throughout the Summer with minimal input from our evaporative air conditioning. We do have a reverse cycle aircon that came with the house. That gets used for an hour or so here and there when Jelina gets home late from Uni on stinking hot days. She deserves a little coolness at the end of the train trip home.  Apart from that, it’s ceiling fans and judicious cooling of the house at night time by venting in the cooler air through the evaporative system on the vent setting

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Another day, another harvest

Who’s this handsome guy rooting around in the bush?Yesterday was a beautiful day here in South Oz, so it was time to forage. I’ve been wanting to explore the flats out near Thompson’s Beach for a while, so yesterday was the day to go. It’s been far to hot recently – its no fun being on a treeless plain in 45°C heat, even for we Aussies! The two J’s, my erstwhile companions for the afternoon. I found two friends (Jess and Jesse from Joe’s Connected Gardens) at our favourite coffee shop and invited them along. We were looking specifically for plants that grow in the highly saline areas just under an hours drive toward the coast. We weren’t disappointed. We found the ubiquitous Nitre Bush (Salty Grapes) in two new colours (they’re everywhere in these conditions), several species of Samphires and Glassworts, Ruby Saltbush, Ice Plants, Bower Spinach as well as the inedible but always pretty Sea Lavender. A Glasswort I’m only just learning about Samphires and

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