Storm Damage

A wild storm swept across Adelaide early last week. We had 20.2 mm of rain on the Tuesday with hail and winds up to 130 kmh. At home the broccoli bore the brunt of the wind.

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Despite the damage we finally have some broccoli heads.

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Because the weather was so wild and woolly we didn’t manage to get down to the Patch until Saturday. The damage there was far more significant.

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We lost two broccoli and a cauliflower. The rest have been staked and will hopefully survive.

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The kale and onions are bent, but not significantly damaged.

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We are worried about the remaining broccoli as there are still no heads showing. With the outrageous amount of cabbage moth larvae we have had this year – they have been in plague proportions in Adelaide – we may have lost them. We plan on leaving them for a few weeks and if nothing happens we will pull them up and plant more spinach and rainbow chard.

The last cabbage survived the storm quite well.

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In other news, Jamie found the missing bucket of violas hiding behind a tree! I plan to plant them in the next few days.

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At a work lunch last week I was asked for advice on starting a vegetable garden by two of my colleagues. It was really nice to share what I have learnt during the past three years. It is also exciting to think that Jamie and my endeavours are inspiring others to try growing for themselves.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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