With all this unseasonal rain we’ve been having this year things are much greener than usual and the usual lull in gardening activity hasn’t happened. In fact I can’t remember another year when so much planting was occurring during the dry. It’s great!
Continue reading “So much for a dry season”
It’s been a while since we’ve had any decent rain, and we probably won’t get any until Christmas. Unless you have a good automated irrigation system set-up this is not going to be the best time of the year to be planting anything new in your garden.
Continue reading “Gardening before the wet”
Is your garden ready for it?
December is probably one of the most exciting times of the year for gardeners in the tropics as it’s usually the time when we see the strongest signs that the dry season is coming to an end and the real wet is about to start. It’s the time of the year when new plants get planted, and failures get excavated. Everything starts to grow like mad with the onset of warm heavy rains, and you assume you can just sit back and watch your garden grow. Unfortunately the weeds and lawn also go into overdrive and gardening turns into a race between you and everything green. So before you get left behind and your beautiful garden turns into an accidental jungle, there are a few things you should get on top of.
Continue reading “Here comes the rain”
If it’s not flooded, it’s drying out. That’s the challenge for gardeners in the tropics, but now the rains have come to an end we have to get our dry season watering regime back on track. Watering methods can provoke debate – allow me to share with you my experience after seven years of trial and error.
Continue reading “Watering Without All The Fuss”
Many of us have a depressing area in the garden that gets completely waterlogged during the wet season. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the spot the kids sink into and lose their gumboots. You can’t even mow it during the wet because you’re afraid you’ll need a winch to get the mower out, and every plant you’ve ever planted there has turned into a lifeless stick.
Continue reading “I’ve Bogged The Lawnmower”