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Thursday
Jan282016

Flood damage in the millions for Geelong

Severe thunderstorms have made an expensive mess in Geelong over the last couple days. Shame we can't get it spread a bit more evenly, drought in some areas, too much in others!

 

Friday
Jan222016

What's the best way to water your summer garden?

ASQ in Bendigo recently posted a great article on their blog about effective summer watering. Worth a read to make sure you have all the pieces of the puzzle together to keep your garden going throughout summer.

Soil quality
The single most important thing in the long term, in relation to summer watering, is to consider the soil you’re watering and not just the plants in it. This means digging through generous amounts of organic matter....

http://www.asq.net.au/blog/88-effective-summer-watering

Thursday
Jan212016

Water shortages in SW Vic affect red meat farmers

A prime lamb producer in Pigeon Ponds, Mr Leeming said neighbours were lining up at community bores and carting water most days.

Many of the region's producers rely solely on surface dams for livestock, so much of the water they cart evaporates or is absorbed into the ground.

The stories of hardship extend from the South Australian border through Casterton, Dergholm, Edenhope and Coleraine.

Mr Leeming said issues were spreading even further.

"Ararat, for example, on the other side of the Grampians has had there years of absolutely no surface run-off," he said.

Read more of the article here

Wednesday
Jan202016

Does your pool have a fence?

Do you have a backyard pool? Do you have a fence? Even if it is just a blow up pool, many councils require pool fencing for a pool that has as little as 30cm of water in it.

* 26 children under the age of five died in Australia as a result of drowning last year, up 30 per cent on the previous year.

* More than half (54 per cent) of the deaths happened in backyard swimming pools. A further nine children aged five to 14 drowned.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/minister-set-to-clamp-down-on-illegal-use-of-garden-blowup-paddling-pools-20160115-gm6r3r.html

 

Monday
Jan182016

What happens to water in space?

Watch this short video on the BBC website showing Astronaut Tim Peake demonstrating what happens to water in space - it's amazing!

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35297088