While the current La Niña pattern is welcomed by some, it can make gardening more difficult if your climate has suddenly taken a damper than usual turn.
In late September 2021, the Bureau Of Meteorology announced that Australia was to expect a return to La Niña weather patterns across 2020 and 2021. La Niña refers to the periodic cooling of ocean surface temperatures in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. During a La Niña event, the changes in Pacific Ocean temperatures affect the patterns of tropical rainfall from Indonesia to the west coast of South America, generally marking an increase in wet weather conditions and events.
However, after many years of extensive droughts and bushfires affecting large portions of the Land Down Under, the shift has provided some much needed relief for many Australian farmers and rural residents who’ve long struggled with a lack of water resources. On the other hand, too much of a good thing is never ideal and could also spell disaster for those trying to plant new crops, along with the very real possibility of flooding and cyclones looming in the distance.
On the home front, even domestic gardening can become more difficult in wet weather, particularly if your property is receiving significantly more rainfall than it usually would – but is there anything that plant enthusiasts can do to minimise the potential damage?
How To Prepare Your Garden For Wet Season
The arrival of summer can mean many different things, and it often depends on where you reside in the great state of Queensland. While large portions of North Queensland are prone to cyclones, South Eastern corners of the Sunshine State such as Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast have also been exposed to some pretty significant flooding events thanks to our annual summer storm season. Either way, most of us are used to gardening in extreme weather – but how can you specifically protect your plants against large downpours?
Dig A Trench – Large amounts of unexpected rain can wreak havoc on the layout and structure of any garden, particularly when it comes to soil damage and potential erosion. Instead, gardeners can take control of the situation by digging a trench, and redirecting any excess water to areas of the garden that might usually miss out.
Regularly Harvest – Aim to get in the habit of picking any edible plants, vegetables or herbs once they reach the harvest stage during hot and humid weather. If they’re ready to be picked but are left at the mercy of wet weather, they can soon deteriorate and become somewhat of an outdoor buffet for potential pests.
Get Mulching – Not only does mulch absorb rainwater and help retain all the good stuff within the soil, but it’s presence also helps to reduce splashing and soil erosion due to it acting as a protective barrier. Mulching also prevents weeds and weed seed germination, which compete with plants for moisture and nutrients and are the bane of every gardening enthusiast.
Soil Care – Major rainfall events can strip your soil of its nutrients and wash all the good stuff away. As a means to reintroduce them as well as lock in the existing microorganisms still present, consider optimising your soil via a chemical free plant food such as BioBooster that won’t damage your plants in the long term.
Protect Against Pests – With rain comes unwanted invaders, notably slugs and snails. As a preventative and chemical free measure, gardeners can sprinkle crushed egg shells around the base of smaller plants and seedlings as an extra layer of protection – the sharpness of the shells is simply too hard on the bodies of such pests, and will therefore avoid them.
Ultimately, the more you’re able to encourage a self-sufficient and sustainable ecosystem, the happier all of the residents of your garden will be. However, sometimes the plants in your garden may need a little extra help in fending off unwanted invaders, but that doesn’t mean resorting to pesticides that may have negative consequences on the health of your soil, plants, and even local wildlife – so what’s the alternative?
Embrace The Safer Way To Spray
Spending time outside and in the garden is not only good for our overall well being, but it’s also an easy way to start educating yourself on the importance of sustainability.
If you’re noticing foreign invaders popping up in your garden, a naturally produced weed killer like Bioweed is a safe way to keep them under control. As a non-residual solution, it will break down into the soil in as little as 72 hours and can combat over 200 invasive weed species, making it safe for you, your family, your pets, and your local native wildlife to navigate.
Bioweed is the brainchild of well established agricultural leader Greenpro, and is backed by over twenty years of research and development. Owned and manufactured in Australia, the primary ingredient of Bioweed is actually sustainably sourced pine oil, and is even approved by NASAA, ACO and APVMA for use around organic farms and food production.
If you’re on the hunt for a natural weed killer, more organic gardening solutions, or simply want to know more about eliminating weeds safely, check out other tips and tricks in our online advice forum, or contact us for any further queries.