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Burt Road, Woodanilling, Western Australia, AU
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Revisiting the 1st swale - 3 months later

Project: The Paddock

Posted by Amanda McLennan over 11 years ago

Returning after 3 months away to check on the survival of our 1st swale's plants

Daily we check the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website to see how much rain has fallen in Wagin the day before; Wagin is 25km up the road from our property but the closest point to us the BOM collects data. Apart from a 3 week spell of only 2ml falling there had been steady rain each week over the 3 month period we were away - phew!

As we drove up the driveway to the shed we saw a striking patch of greenery amongst the dry tall grasses that covered the rest of the pasture. Not only had the eucalypt and avocado trees survived, but we had silverbeet, peas and beans to eat too!

Silverbeet, peas and beans. Oh my!Somehow the silverbeet had grown up at the base of the avocado tree so the tree was still looking pretty spindly since the silverbeet had been draining a lot of it's water!

The eucalypt showed a lot of new growth and had established itself nicely. Despite being a 25 degree Celsius day in November when there hadn't been more than a few ml of rain in 3 weeks, there was a small amount of water in the bottom of the swale. The plants growing in the swale very healthy, green and lush.  It works!

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