Category Archives: heatwaves

Plants to Survive the Heat

Welcome to another week-long heatwave in Adelaide.  Is your garden getting tired of this? Are you too tired to be gardening!?

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Feb-March in Garden and Elsewhere

Dear Adelaideans and nearby gardeners, I hope that, like ours, a little rain has reached your patch this week after our dry, dry, dry, bone-dry January! That little bit will have to stretch a long way as it sounds like … Continue reading

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“How’s the garden holding up in the heat?”

While Adelaide swelters through what’s forecast to be “the most severe December heatwave on record“, the most frequent greeting I’ve been met with is “How’s your garden holding up in this heat?” “Better than me!” I’m inclined to think. I’m … Continue reading

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Before the heat hits…

Task list to prepare gardens for next week’s heatwave… Harvest any nearly-ripe fruit and veg to reduce the load on the trees and plants and to catch it before it gets sunburnt. Make jam, chutney, relish, dried fruit, preserved fruit. … Continue reading

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Too darn hot!

Adelaide. Autumn. 38 degrees again next week. Planting? Not on your nelly. What to do instead? Put the drip irrigation on to keep the garden alive Cover up the more sensitive plants Get inside, get as naked as possible and … Continue reading

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Gardening for Climate Change

I am continually astounded when I pause to read gardening and landscaping magazines to see what can pass for a “garden” – apparently there ¬†doesn’t need to be a living plant in sight , let alone one that could produce … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Hope you have had a happy and safe festive season, and welcome to 2013! This week we turned about 2.5m2 of garden bed into 11kg of carrots – enough to last our little family for the rest of summer. The … Continue reading

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