Today I could feel summer. Hot dry winds and everything browning off before my eyes. A day when you could feel the threat of bushfire – thank goodness the paddocks are still green.
There has been a lot of attention lately on the threat of grass fires this summer. A good season last year has meant lots of long grass everywhere. Long grass that is drying off rapidly. We have spent the past few weeks cleaning up around the place in preparation for the bushfire season. Slashing paddocks, mowing mowing and mowing, cleaning gutters, clearing up around the house and of course thankfully this year we don’t have trees with lots of dead bits hanging over the house. The threat of fires was one of the main reasons the trees had to go. We were incredibly vulnerable with them so close.
Not all the trees have come out. We have left some further away from the house and will deal with these in a few years when we have some cover from the new ones.
Here’s what happens to drought effected trees in a high wind.
I try to keep the grass around the house green, it will provide protection should a fire come through. In the past, the lawn hasn’t needed any additional watering, it stays green just from the water the garden beds receive. I’ve got a feeling this year may be different. We have lost our micro-climate and there is all the new lawn to worry about. So far, so good.
The reward at the end of a hot day like today is hopefully some rain. I am running late feeding the garden beds this season. I don’t know where the time has gone…I’m all prepared should it rain to feed the gardens with my favourite commercial fertilizer, Sudden Impact for Roses. I use this once a year and supplement it with my own cow manure, nettle, comfrey and yarrow tea throughout the season.
The most exciting bit of my preparation for the coming season is that I have dug up the area I intend to use as winter vegetable beds. The new vegetable garden will still be a little while as we wait for time and money to become available. With a bit of temporary fencing I will at least have somewhere to grow tomatoes this year – not perfect but it will do. No photos sorry so here are some photos of today’s garden arrivals.
And tonight a yummy herb pie shared with a friend.
And I have to leave you with this pretty little bouquet. Full of scent and perfect as a little posy for a shy bride.