Thirsty gardens appreciated the burst of rain Shepparton received on Thursday night, but surrounding towns and most farming areas missed out.FIONA BROOM February 16, 2013 4:20am
Thirsty gardens appreciated the burst of rain Shepparton received on Thursday night, but surrounding towns and most farming areas missed out.
The rain was accompanied by thunder and lightning storms seen across the region, but the rain didn’t fall everywhere — 4.4
Sally Moseley from Shepparton’s Billabong Garden Complex said plants needed the nutrients fresh rain contained to survive.
She said it had been ‘‘shockingly’’ dry recently.
‘‘You can water and water and water with tank or town water as much as you like, but it’s not the same as a decent shower,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s unbelievable actually. It just brings everything back to life.’’
Ms Moseley said gardeners had been desperately seeking ways to keep their plants alive.
She suggested people choose native plants that were hardy against the dry, while mulching was key to keeping in moisture and wetting agents could be used to help soil retain water.
‘‘We’ve been flat out today and I truly believe it’s just because people got enthusiastic after one night of a little bit of rain,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone was saying, ‘Wasn’t it nice to see a drop of rain?’.
‘‘There was a bit of a buzz about it.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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