Since climate change is a hot topic at the moment and is not going to go away, I thought it might be helpful if I share further thoughts as they come to mind. In this post, I would like to concentrate on the issue of wind. I have been gardening for a decade now, but I don’t recall it ever being this windy. So far, I have only come up with a few ways of coping as a gardener while working in windy conditions. Ideas regarding how to protect plants from wind is a different topic which I will give thought to as the season progresses and I observe how the seedlings I recently planted outside develop.
Learn to live with it
Unfortunately, I think that this is something we just have to get used to. Although we can easily get used to things being a certain way, it is amazing how adaptable we are, especially when we have no choice. To me, it’s still better to brave the outdoors on a grey, blustery chilly day than staying indoors. Gardening is great therapy for depression and I always feel so much better while I’m working outside. I also find that I can think much more clearly. For some reason, I feel especially happy when tackling unglamorous tasks such as weeding and laborious jobs such as pulling out kikuyu grass by hand, which is great therapy if you’re feeling down.
Work around the wind
Generally (but not always), it tends to be calmer in the morning and becomes windier as the day progresses. You could try getting as much work done earlier on in the day, if possible. It depends on your schedule. If people work during the day, they may find the only time they have to spend in the garden is in the evenings, when conditions are not as ideal. I have set out some thoughts about how to cope while gardening when it’s very windy below.