I have found water supply to be an issue this year. It's the first summer in over 10 that I have seen the dam empty. In the past, it's been full/overflow-running by December at the latest.
The banana trees below sit at the base of the small dam (dam out of picture and to the right).
The water tanks which supply the household and gardens have not exceeded 50% with many long gaps between rain events. Every other year, I'm trying to use as much tank water as possible before the next rain event overflows the tanks between the months of December (at the latest) and March/April.
As a result, I've stopped watering the main soil garden 4 weeks ago, co-enciding with a water delivery (which is something I really try to avoid, as it comes at a cost).
Below is a shot of part my main soil garden from last week (moringa & rosella plus some wild chia in shot)
I've been growing? horse compost in place of plants in dry gardens, with random piles being placed in spots.
Below is the old melon and squash garden
The wicking beds and small aquaponics growbed are looking great and place very little load on my water reserves.
I have kept a water efficient trench garden (running beside the house and aquaponics growbed) watered though, and this has kept me content, in leu of the larger garden.
It has produced nice Okra, lots of beans, a large mini watermelon, strawberries and cucumbers, so not too bad. It's also growing young broad bean plants, pigeon peas and Aibika.
A few small pineapple fruit have developed in other dry small gardens with no additional watering.
The old lime tree which also has had no additional watering is looking a little dry, with a nice (but smaller) crop of limes.
The rain showers (although small) over the past few days have been much welcomed, and I'm looking forward to some more rain during Autumn, hopefully.
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