The Garden Loves a Thunderstorm

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday the temperature reached 28ºC (82ºF) in Sydney and pushed a lot of spring growth.



The threatened thunder storm was just a distant rumble from here.  It was disappointing as the plants respond to lightning; apparently the rain after a thunder storm is charged with nitrogen and we all know how vegetation loves nitrogen.

The figs on the White Adriatic is a breba crop.  They’re fruit from last season’s wood.  The main crop will grow from new wood.  Some people remove the breba crop from their trees because they believe the fruit is inferior but I like to give them a chance.  Sometimes they can be surprisingly large and delicious.

Although the sky is grey and the forecast is predicting rain for the next few days, the precipitation expected today is 0.2 cm – now what good is that?  It means a wet day without much moisture added to the environment, but it also means one can continue to work in the garden.  There is so much to do:  it’s spring.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to The Garden Loves a Thunderstorm

  1. gaiainaction says:

    How nice you have got spring there, while here the autumn has started more or less :-) Enjoy!

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  2. That all looks good. We are having a thunderstorm right now. I didn’t know about nitrogen

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  3. mattb325 says:

    How true! We received all of 4.2mm here….hardly the deluge they forecast!I think the wisdom for removing the breba crop is to avoid spring frost damage….something I don’t think will happen in Sydney this side of an unexpected ice age :-)

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    • Mary Tang says:

      Thanks for that insight about figs and frost – no we don’t get frost here on the lower north shore but I hear from my physiotherapist that they get them in Ryde! It’s about 20 minutes drive from here.


  4. Great post as usual!! * hugs*

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