October in Yuruga’s native gardens

Well, the dry season is well and truly upon us. No point trying to keep lawns looking lush and green – it’s pretty well impossible at this time of year, and just a waste of water. Anyway, lawns are amazingly resilient and will bounce back into life with the first rains.

Leaf drop at the moment is massive. Plants are coping with the dry by shedding leaves, and many once-dense screens now have a see-through look. Don’t waste the leaves – they’re a valuable resource! Rake them back onto the garden, and pile them up around your plants as mulch. Or if you’ve got a leaf blower, put it to work – it’s such an easy way to keep your garden tidy and top up your mulch at the same time.

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In the garden… in July

What a great time of year to be out in the garden!

For a start, it’s cool. What a blessing here in the tropics – it’s amazing how much more physical you can get when you don’t overheat within the first five seconds of sinking the spade into the ground. It’s just wonderful to be able to get down, dirty and physical out in the fresh air and sunshine without running the risk of heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Make the most of it. In just a few short weeks it could very well be hot again.

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