The worst drought in over a hundred years (in Australia) is finally broken. The rains have transformed the parched and burnt landscape
to velvet strips of purples and greens. The lush verbena (while not the farmer's friend) are nevertheless the lilies of the fields and now adorns the valley like a plush purple carpet. The weeds know how to replenish the depleted soil with nitrogen. When allowed to grow and complete their natural cycle, the soil is quickly enriched and then when planted, the crops grow well and thrive with little interference. (Ref: 'Back from the Brink: How Australia's Landscape can be Saved' by Peter Andrews.)
The slides below show the 'before' and 'after' pictures of the transformation.
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