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Fun In The Sun: A Gorgeous Australian Summer in the Garden

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As we’re done with Christmas and entering into the new year, for us Aussies we’re moving into the hottest and most exciting months of the year. Summertime is a chance to get outside, have fun, see friends and family and generally pack in as many activities as possible. One thing that’s always worth doing is hosting some parties at home, backyard barbeques, afternoon tea parties and picnic style lunches aren’t too expensive and are a great way to get everyone together. But to throw get togethers in the garden you of course want to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!

Colourful outdoor furniture

Clean and Tidy
If you’ve neglected your garden over Christmas, chances are it’s looking a little untidy. Removing things like bicycles and tools strewn around, tidying up kids outdoor toys and putting away things like gardening boots and fallen pots will instantly make it look neater. You will need to pull up weeds, prune down bushes that have grown large and deadhead any plants that have started to die off. Using a jet washer you could clean down walls and paths.

Don’t Overlook General Maintenance Jobs
Things like removing twigs from roofs and gutters will not only make everything look tidier and allow rainwater to drain better but you also help to prevent bushfires by removing potential fuel. It’s important to prepare for the bushfire season, this is a huge threat to our homes as Australians so something to bear in mind. Other general maintenance jobs include checking outdoor taps to make sure the plumbing is ok and making sure tools and appliances like strimmers and lawn mowers are in full working order.

Tend To The Lawn
For most of us, the lawn is one of the most important features in the garden. It takes up the most space and helps to keep the garden looking alive and give it colour all through the year. But over the winter months, lawns can become flooded and parts can die off. If you have pets you might notice urine burn spots. Now we’re into the summer, grass will grow very well providing you keep it watered, so purchase some grass seed and sprinkle it down, both on the bald spots as well as throughout the rest of the grass. This will fill in sparse patches and generally thicken it up, and in a few weeks you’ll have a much healthier lawn. Use a hose to water the grass morning and evening, avoid during the middle part of the day when the sun is hottest to prevent it from burning.

Fill It With Colour
Finally, fill your pots, flower beds and borders with beautiful flowers to make the garden look pretty and well cared for. If you plant bulbs and seeds that flower at different times of the year, once one lot is dying off another lot will be coming through. Simply deadhead the blooms that have finished flowering and you get a spectacular colourful display all through the year, every single year.

Flowers at sunrise

My First Kombucha

Bushfires near me
Watch the world (well state) burn at Fires Near Me. Thanks for all your great work, RFS!!!

So, it was 35 degrees here today, there were fires all around the lake and Cessnock area, and I was a little hot under the collar so finally decided to try one of the bottles of Kombucha based drink I’d won a month or so back but was yet to brave because WTF is this stuff??

Kombucha

And you know what? It may be the heatstroke, but this stuff was tasty! I can’t ever bring myself to buy anything with all the claims it has on the label, but I’m certainly going to try the other Tea Gardens Kombucha flavours I have at the back of the fridge!

Best thing? It’s a local hunter company, yup in Tea Gardens!

… as long as the fires don’t scare them away!

Headache

Spent the day in a 2-day stuttering workshop. News of the morning was of course around the bushfires with over 130 now confirmed dead, and people’s connections to them. Two of the girls used to work down around there, visiting the schools occasionally that are being used for evacuation centres. Trying to contact the people they still know down there. Another girl was up from Bendigo hospital for the workshop. Half wanting to be back down there, but knowing there was not much she could be doing down there there wasn’t being done already.

Others have family down there. One’s father in law was being a house… only the frame was up… and the fire stopped across the road.

Others were remembering the Canberra fires, which seem small compared to these, but for those who lost their homes or the houses right next door, the memories were still of fear.

So when 9am came, we all put our heads down and focused on the topic of the day. And so long as no-one gets back news, we’ll do the same tomorrow. Still watching the news (watching the north-east Victorian towns that I’ve spent time in as a student – Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah – half-smiling at quotes such as “if you’re elderly, with limited resources and lots of gum trees, bugger off now” knowing that’s the real world) and thinking of what we can do – giving money to charities and a shoulder for people to lean on when needed.

Red Cross Victorian Bush Fire Appeal – 1800 811 700.

Victorian Bushfires

I knew there were going to be bushfires on Saturday/Sunday. But I didn’t realise so bad. Victorian Bushfires killed at least 108 with that number going to climb again, because that’s only the bodies they’ve found, but I hear there are still people critical in hospital with burns :(

You can donate to the Red Cross appeal online or call 1800 811 700.

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