How did your garden do this season? Did you get any ripe tomatoes? Did the slugs feel unending? Did some funky new mould break your little green heart? If you don’t have a garden, perhaps you felt like the summer never really got going. Cool, cloudy, wet and even wintry at times, this past summer was ‘meh’ if you were lucky, and devastatingly wet if you were unlucky.
If you’ve been paying attention you know that we have the La Nina weather pattern to thank for this. When La Nina was officially announced in spring of 2020 many farmers rejoiced. As the rain began to fall, dams filled up, creeks started flowing again and hope sprouted like the epicormic growth on all those poor bush fire scorched trees. Coming off a ‘normal year’ perhaps the prospect of a La Nina season would have been approached with more scepticism, but considering the preceding years of record breaking drought, the rain felt like the break we had all been waiting for. No longer would our daily anxiety levels be calibrated by smoke, dust, wind direction and maximum temperatures, here was our chance and we were determined to have a good year!