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  • Writer's pictureBonny Faulkner-Hollis-Alexander

Storm events & your garden.

How to manage the garden after a storm event.


There are times when nothing seems possible, but bear with it, and you will see that nature has an uncanny way of helping you to re-establish your environment. It may look like a complete disaster zone, but underneath or on top, in some cases, the microbial activities are already rekindling. And on that note, what a great time to establish connections in your neighborhood - it's so good for the community's soul!



So, where to begin, you probably ask yourself, or you have already started.


- Remove broken and damaged branches and fallen debris. When cutting off limbs, a clean angled cut is always better than a torn one.


- Remove excess soil or silt to either a pile to add to the garden where needed or perhaps some dips in the lawn, or even a new feature mound, maybe a barrier mound for the likely event occurring again.


- If you have a layer of silt on your lawn etc., time to purchase a big fork and aerate the ground as soon as possible. See this video first; it is super cool! 😊 https://youtu.be/iFGHH-5boBI


And that's it! The main points for tidying up after so much rain!


SOME WORDS OF WISDOM.

(Weeding is so much easier after it rains, and lettuces taste sweeter too!)


Our gardens love rain. However, heavy rain and wind gusts can ruin our hard work. The key to protection in the future is to support taller plants and have adequate drainage. These key points have much merit and many ways to achieve them.


ok a couple of other 'To Do’s :)


- Recheck the levels of the soil in the garden, especially around the root zone of plants. You will likely need to add a layer of light soil or compost to protect the roots.


- Slugs and snails thrive in wet conditions. Here is an article on how to control them naturally, https://www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/gardens/how-to/a609/how-to-banish-slugs-from-garden/

- And last, drain and re-pot 'plant pots' that have become too sodden.


Please feel free to ask me any questions about gardening at info@naturallyneem.co.nz.

I will do my best to assist you.


My heart goes out to all those who have lost their gardens to the flood waters. I wish you all the best in this time of change.

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." Gertrude Jekyll




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