Summer Heatwaves in My Garden

Weather extremes – hot or cold – make it challenging to grow food. Don’t you agree? Severe conditions with intense heat and long periods of drought are especially tough to deal with.

Summer Heatwaves in My Garden - Growing Food in Hot Dry Conditions

Normally, January and February are our ‘wet’ rainy storm and cyclone season. On average, we’d have received about 360mm (14 in) by now. How much rain have we had here in subtropical SE Queensland, Australia over this time? In my garden, just 55mm (2in) all year!

On top of these unseasonally extreme dry conditions, we’ve had soaring temperatures since December. We’ve experienced the most 30°C+ (86°F) consecutive days for years. Today, it’s 40°C (104°F). Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to a forecast cooler day – just 33°C! Not to mention drying winds. Nice!

So, as a gardener, it’s essential to be flexible and learn to adapt to changing weather conditions. I’m no exception! We have to learn to accept we get too much or not enough sun or rain sometimes, and go with the flow of life. Plants adapt and we can too.

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Harvests From My 2016 Garden

To start the year off, I thought I’d share a few photos of what I’ve grown and harvested from my garden in the last year.

Harvests from My 2016 Garden

Despite the drought, with less than 50% of the average annual rainfall, I’ve managed to:

  • harvest a continual supply of nutrient-packed food from our garden while working;
  • sell, share and swap a surplus of vegetables and herbs;
  • save thousands of seeds;
  • propagate hundreds of cuttings and new plants; and
  • preserve the harvest in many ways.

In addition to the many flowers, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and shrubs in our garden, these are a variety of the seasonal edibles I’ve grown.

Fruits and Berries

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Welcome to my website!

Welcome and thanks for visiting! On this site, you’ll find a barrow load of free tips, tutorials and articles. My goal is to help you learn how to grow good health. No matter what size your garden is, or your skill level. Even if you’re on a tight budget and have limited time or physical ability. My goal is to help you grow at least some of your own life-giving food to nourish your health.

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I’m excited to be introducing a unique membership program soon including online courses. My courses will help you design and grow a healthy, abundant nutrient-dense food garden. Interested in learning to grow, use and cook food and medicinal herbs to build your health? If so, you’ll discover everything you need. Step-by-step. The perfect solution if you’re busy and looking for quick, bite-sized lessons you can dig into … in just a few minutes. Practical tips, hands-on exercises and worksheets, videos and support.

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