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Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere

Hi, I’m Linda, my family and I live in sunny South Africa. Come and take a walk with me through our season of Autumn…We have just embarked on this wonderful season, my favourite time of year. I think it’s the colours and shades of golden brown, yellow, orange and ochre that stir a warmth within and a realisation that the year is slowing down and mother nature is going to rest for a short while in preparation for the winter months and coming Spring. The shadows are lengthening and the days are beginning later and ending earlier.

Autumn is the beginning of many changes around our little suburban homestead…The wood is brought in from the woodpile and packed alongside the various fireplaces in preparation for our cold evenings. We have carpets of leaves all over our garden, great for raking and making leaf mould that will work wonders in our garden and veggie beds throughout the year…

We have quite a few uses for the fallen leaves, they are placed in the chicken area along with some straw, this is cleared out each week and mixed into our compost heap, creating the most wonderful rich compost. Our chickens only spend part of their morning and evenings within their enclosure and during the day, they are out scratching around, eating worms and grass.

We begin the preparation of all our veggie beds, each bed is dug over and filled to the top with our homemade compost, we also add organic Bounce Back and let the beds rest for a few days. Then the planting of our winter veg begins. We only plant organic and heirloom seeds in our garden. I am so looking forward to our winter produce and bartering vegetables and eggs with our neighbours.

Our celebrations are opposite to those of the north, we celebrate our Autumn Equinox in March and our Winter Solstice in June. These celebrations usually involve a hearty meal with neighbours where we make and bring food that we have harvested from our gardens. We also celebrate our Spring day on the 1st of September and dance around a ‘May’ pole in our garden.

Autumn is also a time when we increase our amount of raw juicing, Kye loves to help me with this and he loves drinking his juice as well:)

Veggie and fruit juice:

Cut up and juice, one pineapple, five apples, three carrots, three spinach leaves, one cucumber and two oranges, stir and drink, it’s delicious!

Martie, one of our two rabbits that live and range freely on our property…

Thank you so much for joining me on this little journey through our homestead in South Africa during our Autumn months…

Linda Dawkins is a homeschooling mother of four from South Africa. She is a pattern designer of knitted animals and flowers, a gardener, homesteader and tries to be as self sufficient as possible… You can read more about her life and discover her pattern shops over at Natural Suburbia.

13 thoughts on “Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere

  1. Your yard is just lovely with that golden light & beautiful leaves. What a lovely garden space too. I enjoyed reading about your seasons and when you celebrate. Neat to hear about winter in June!

    1. Thank you so much Becca:)

  2. Lovely post! It was great to hear about the change from here in the North East of USA. I would love to know more about your seasons and what you grow during those times, do you have a season that is too cold? Do you grow all year long?

    1. Thanks Beccijo,
      We do grow veg all year long, we have just planted onions, beetroot, garlic, tomatoes, spring onions and leeks. Peas will be going in this weekend. These are all our winter veg. They will be able to survive the cold weather. All our asparagus has been trimmed and I have put our pumpkins into storage and these will last us through winter. I am going to build a small greenhouse to help start the spring and summer veg earlier this year.
      This is turning into another blog post:)
      I love growing our veggies!

  3. this is a lovely post Linda, I always enjoy pictures of your beautiful garden

    1. Thanks so much Karen:)

  4. Lovely post Linda. . . makes me miss SA again, although the seasons in Durbs don’t change as profound as in your area.

    1. Thank you Andrea, I would love to hear more about where you live:)

  5. Lovely garden beds, lovely chickens and coop, fantastic photography. I also managed to find all heirloom and/or organic seeds this year. This is the first time our local nursery has stocked such a selection and I am thrilled. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  6. I left your sight.. .. to come here and find you! Nice to get to know you better!

  7. Your garden is so very nice! Think of you in fall as we are coming across summer!

  8. love the free range rabbit.
    lovely pics.

  9. What a wonderful garden and beautiful pictures. I am really interested to know what you plant for the Winter and look forward to more posts (please!) Though I don’t know whether you get as cold as we do in central France …….. Thank you for sharing! Best wishes Emily (The Country Mumkin)

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