Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A Resilient Garden: Home Food Growing in Unpredictable Weather

Droughts, storms and unpredictable weather can be challenging for the home food gardener.

It's important to get to know what are the resilient and robust plants in your garden that can provide food reliably despite the challenges. My strategy is to make sure these plants form the backbone of my garden and I then interplant with the more delicate plants. That way I'll be sure to always have something in the garden to eat.

I've had a good chance to check this out again recently, and to refine my strategies. The dry season here went on much longer than usual, and in transition to summer we've had massive storms with huge hail and very strong winds.

After the storm I wanted to find out what plants were still thriving in the garden and what we had left to eat.

I also wanted to look at where in the garden things survived the best. Not surprisingly, the diverse layered food forest area was the least affected.

Take a look at my new film as I show you through the garden a week after the big storms hit.


  1. This was great to watch and you are very informative Morag. Happy Days!

  2. Thank you. This was very valuable. It would be even more valuable if you would give the Latin names of unusual species. Blessings.

  3. Hi Pamela - thanks for that, yes I should have put them on this film. On my first film, I have all the names of the plants and the latin names - both in the film, but also in the film description (click on the read more). You will find them all here tagged to the right spot in the film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADCtCjnn2M4

  4. As always Morag, a great clip. Thank you for the effort you put into these short clips.
    Blessings Gail.

  5. Enjoying your garden walks now I have home internet again. I plan to establish my own permaculture garden at my new home over time and am fortunate that my partner involves himself in what is a new lifestyle, for him, with interest, questions and suggestions as well as muscle when required. Lol, have you ever enabled the Subtitles/captions options? Gives me a giggle every now and then :).

  6. A wonderful video.
    I have so much to learn from this. Thank you Morag.