The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Australia predicts that there could be little rain and very hot temperatures for a lot of this coming summer.
They are calling it a ‘consolidated dry time’ or El Nino (Spanish for little boy) event.
The official BOM indicator courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, August 2015
El Nino Explained:
El Niño happens when some of the warmest ocean waters in the world – northeast of Papua New Guinea, where the ocean can get up to 30C – shift east across the Pacific ocean towards South America.
As the warmth shifts east, so does the cloud and rain, and Australia gets dry, cloudless and rainless weather.
So, the scientific parameters from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) say we are currently all systems go for an El Nino dry time this summer.
Last year the Bureau of Meteorology were all systems go for a hot dry summer but it didn't happen - the weather changed - this year they seem more definite in their prediction.
If the Bureau's Predictions are right then now's the time to get things in place in your home and garden so that you and your plants can relax this coming summer - whatever the weather.
Garden Tips for this Coming Summer
So the best time to prepare for the coming heat and dry that’s predicted is now before it’s too hot
If you have a water tank, now’s the time to make sure it’s working properly and efficiently so it collects every drop of rain that comes your way. Maybe even fill it up with town water late spring if there’s been no rain by then.
Check out how you can extend your water tank system with an extra tank, maybe install an irrigation timer, some irrigation tubing, use trigger nozzles for hosing.
If you don’t have water tanks and/or under-house reservoirs or bladders there are still ways you will be able to water your plants
Now’s the Perfect Time to Prepare your Plants for Summer:
1. Put extra mulch around your plants to keep the soil as cool and moist as possible - stops soil drying out, protects plants and conserves water
2. Don't forget the humble watering can. Some light weight varieties are available.
3. A pool cover maybe a good idea
4. Organise your gutters to give your pool a filtered 'shandy'( a mixture of town water and roof water with or without a tank)
5. An inverted water bottle can help (re-use your large soft drink bottles and fill with water)
6. Follow the pruning guides for your plants
In the next post there'll be more tips and ideas for energy and water savings around your home and garden
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