The summer of storms

Gardener:Sarah the Gardener from Yates

Date:14 Feb 2023

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

Firstly – are you all ok? 

This is the worst summer I can remember. And we find ourselves once again in the midst of yet another storm.  I thought the last storm was unprecedented with the extensive flooding across all of Auckland.  This storm has handed its coat to Hale and said “Is that the best you can do?  Watch me…”  The extensive flooding and damage across the country is unbelievable. 

It doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway – Stay safe in the storm.  It isn’t worth you risking yourself to straighten a stake or fix a flaying tomato plant.  The garden will bounce back eventually even if it looks a little different because a tree is missing or the contour has been changed by flood waters.

To take your mind off things a little – there are only 15 days until this sorry excuse for a season is over and we can start thinking of autumnal things, where the occasional burst of bad weather is more expected.

Nurturing cool season seedlings indoors can be a comfort as they give you something green to do and those small seeds can hold the hope of more stable times.

We are doing fine here in the midst of the storm.  We were largely sheltered from the worst of the wind by a hill and the sandy soil absorbed 100mm of rain no trouble.  But now the wind has swung around and is coming in straight off the ocean so we are getting a bit hammered.  But compared to others this is nothing and I'm not complaining.

Let us know how you are doing and please stay safe.  As always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

PS:  Happy Valentines Day. 

The summer of storms