Last week in Ligaya Garden #4

So much is happening, both here and out in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catchup every Sunday and publish it on a Monday, Oz time. All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience. Spring is edging its way closer every day and the garden’s going crazy. Buds, blossoms and leaves are everywhere you look. We lost a couple of plants to the cold and a couple more are suffering but I think will pull through. Those lost were young Tamarinds. That was a pricey loss but you can’t always. I love the way that deciduous plants, especially young trees can look like dead sticks for most of the season, then, when you’re not looking, burst forth in flowers! -The aquaponics has seen a few fish deaths. I think this is due to lack of oxygen in the cold water at night. I’ve extended the frequency and

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Bubblewrapping the tropicals

A couple of our heat loving plants are suffering a bit in the cold. I was thinking about what to do about it, having moved them several times into warmer microclimates to no avail. I thought about buying some greenhouse plastic, then remembered that I had a heap of bubblewrap salvaged from an art gallery that was going to dump it. The result…personal greenhouses for the affected plants – two Tamarind and two Moringa trees. Just add a couple of garden stakes for a frame and wrap the plant, pot and all, in bubblewrap. I made sure the plants weren’t touching the plastic and that there was a small gap at the top to help reduce condensation. I reckon I’m on a winter winner!

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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Who’s that by the fence… It’s only me!

I scared myself today… Saw someone by the back fence who shouldn’t have been there. I had to laugh when I recognised that it was only my reflection. I found some metal reflectors attached to some fluoro light mounts a little while back and stashed them in the shed thinking, as usual ‘those should come in useful one day’. Sure enough, with a few days of grey skies I remembered that they were there and mounted them along the back of the aquaponics and onto the fence. They add a lot more light to the system and a little more daytime heat and should pick the plants up a little. I’ve just got to remember that the reflection in them as I come out of the back garden is only me!