Drought in South Africa

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The fairer sex likes to have different types of baths. Some oily ones and some salty ones. That shit is no good over time.
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handyman wrote:
Sards wrote:
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Sards wrote:occassionaly. But I put Stockings over all my hose ends from washing machine and over my one way valve that goes to my pump. And I work from a 200l drum next to the washing machine which does all the filtering. The drum does get fluff.

The soapy water breaks down the clay in my soil and gets rid of an underground cricket that buries into the soil. They make a racket and the dogs dig up the ground to get to them. With the soapy water they dissapear
Sards, will the soapy water not damage your soil in the long run? Salt build up? Asking because I'm doing more or less the same as you.
We have a thick layer of clay below our soil. I need to break it up. When I get energy I dig a hole 1m round x 2m deep to get rid of the clay and fill with building rubble to make a French drain so when it rains the water drains through the clay to the aquifer below. Otherwise it just runs off the top. Done 3 of these holes already. My back...

I had to do these French drains because my back garden floods with the rain and clay and my pool gets filled with soil and grass run off from the flooding and that's a mission to clean.
Worst of all we are a little lower than our neighbours so all the rain running off their lawns comes into my backyard
Might have a bit of clay in my soil as well, but mostly I think it's just compacted. Bought a manual aerator, but fcuk me, it's hard work. Soil needs to be wet to soften up before I can use the aerator, then I need to water again so that the water can penetrate.
My lawn guy told me to take laundry detergent and sprinkle it on the grass for the compacting. They also use baking soda on crabgrass and other weed grasses to kill them on the lawn. Cheap alternatives that I'm paying to get done :?
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I know it helps to occasionally use detergent for compacting and killing goggas but I cant help thinking that dumping large amounts over an extended time is a bad idea.
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Hand in your Saffer mancard Yankee.

I do everything myself....with help if it's too big for alone.
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Sards wrote:Hand in your Saffer mancard Yankee.

I do everything myself....with help if it's too big for alone.
Good for you. A have a pool cleaning company and a lawn maintenance company. Keeps my weekends free :thumbup:
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saffer13 wrote:
Sards wrote:Hand in your Saffer mancard Yankee.

I do everything myself....with help if it's too big for alone.
Good for you. A have a pool cleaning company and a lawn maintenance company. Keeps my weekends free :thumbup:
Where's the attachment. Anyway each to their own.
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Sards wrote:
saffer13 wrote:
Sards wrote:Hand in your Saffer mancard Yankee.

I do everything myself....with help if it's too big for alone.
Good for you. A have a pool cleaning company and a lawn maintenance company. Keeps my weekends free :thumbup:
Where's the attachment. Anyway each to their own.
I don't need to feel "attached" to my pool or lawn mower. The attachment comes from all the planting, etc. I do and then enjoying my well manicured lawn as I'm sitting by the braai...since I have time to braai because I'm not mowing the yard and cleaning the pool. :D
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Got 4 days of rain ahead so had to pump water out of one tank that works from an overflow from a main tank so it can handle the rains without overflowing. Got drums lying around now waiting to be used for washing....
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Sards wrote:Got 4 days of rain ahead so had to pump water out of one tank that works from an overflow from a main tank so it can handle the rains without overflowing. Got drums lying around now waiting to be used for washing....
You wasted water to save water? :)
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Jensrsa wrote:
Sards wrote:Got 4 days of rain ahead so had to pump water out of one tank that works from an overflow from a main tank so it can handle the rains without overflowing. Got drums lying around now waiting to be used for washing....
You wasted water to save water? :)
No.

No water wasted. Just diverted into other more accessible tanks for our washing .

The problem with efficient water collection. In winter.
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Sounds like CT got some good rain today.

Not often you see streams like this coming off Table Mountain:

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Great picture. Hope some of that makes its way to the dams.
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saffer13 wrote:Great picture. Hope some of that makes its way to the dams.
Some of the water from Table Mountain? Jirre boet, you've been in the States for too long, teaching them geography by the look of it.
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:lol:
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Mr. White wrote:
saffer13 wrote:Great picture. Hope some of that makes its way to the dams.
Some of the water from Table Mountain? Jirre boet, you've been in the States for too long, teaching them geography by the look of it.
:lol:
I was talking about the rain water in general you plum.
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If Farmers don't divert the water before it flows into the Zambezi, it would be great for the Cape Town dams, especially the Aswan dam.
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Still struggling to empty tanks before they overflow.....

And I am not putting anymore in.....I have 4 months of capacity.
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We're just next to Wynberg Boys and my neighbour's rain gauge is now up to 140mm in the last 24 hours. This is the wettest part of Cape Town though. Any idea what's happening in Villiersdorp and TWK dam?
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JamesJames wrote:We're just next to Wynberg Boys and my neighbour's rain gauge is now up to 140mm in the last 24 hours. This is the wettest part of Cape Town though. Any idea what's happening in Villiersdorp and TWK dam?
My Mrs say its raining heavy at Struisbaai. I am in Lagos and here its raining non stop, making the traffic unvokkendriveable. Will update if I get something from TWK. Drive past weekly and it look very good last time. Will unbelievable if it can get to 100%
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Graaff-Reinet area, karoo in general, is suffering in a big way with water supply.
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Graaff-Reinet - my hometown :((

The one farmer interviewed was a classmate and is a friend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgw5NTH2Tlg
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Good rain in South Africa this week :thumbup:
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saffer13 wrote:Graaff-Reinet - my hometown :((

The one farmer interviewed was a classmate and is a friend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgw5NTH2Tlg
I was in Graaf Reinet on Friday - it is dryer than a nun's nasty up there
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handyman wrote:Good rain in South Africa this week :thumbup:
Just not in the right places.
Big Nipper wrote:
saffer13 wrote:Graaff-Reinet - my hometown :((

The one farmer interviewed was a classmate and is a friend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgw5NTH2Tlg
I was in Graaf Reinet on Friday - it is dryer than a nun's nasty up there
Ja, it's terrible.
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saffer13 wrote:
handyman wrote:Good rain in South Africa this week :thumbup:
Just not in the right places.
Big Nipper wrote:
saffer13 wrote:Graaff-Reinet - my hometown :((

The one farmer interviewed was a classmate and is a friend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgw5NTH2Tlg
I was in Graaf Reinet on Friday - it is dryer than a nun's nasty up there
Ja, it's terrible.
Amazing photos and videos of all the rain in the Karoo lately. Rivers flowing, veld is green. Beautiful.

Dam featured in the BBC link above getting water!
https://www.facebook.com/16445665698288 ... /?vh=e&d=n
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Hectic winter rains & snow since yesterday.
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OomPB wrote:Hectic winter rains & snow since yesterday.
Lot's of snow in the Boland. Also about 15mm of rain last night.
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Tomorrow morning I have to get out of bed in -3 cold :(
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handyman wrote:
OomPB wrote:Hectic winter rains & snow since yesterday.
Lot's of snow in the Boland. Also about 15mm of rain last night.
I can't imagine it snowing SA
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Masterji wrote:
handyman wrote:
OomPB wrote:Hectic winter rains & snow since yesterday.
Lot's of snow in the Boland. Also about 15mm of rain last night.
I can't imagine it snowing SA
Mainly on the Cape mountains and Drakensberg but the Eastern Free State (mainly) gets snow lower down. However, the whole country feels the cold

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It's been raining (and icy cold) the last two days so I haven't had a view of the mountains around Somerset West yet but there must be snow given the temperatures
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-4 in Bloem this morning.
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That's nuts.
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Had about 20mm rain overnight in PE, together with 85mm measured in the last week of May

We need a huge winter rain season, otherwise we will be close to day zero
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