Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Boxful of Seeds

A boxful of seeds has been donated to our Community Garden by Mr Fothergill's Seeds...I have started sowing some to take up as early spring seedlings.

Seeds Sown:
Borage Blue Borago officinalis from Home Saved Seeds
Cosmos Purity Cosmos bipinnatus from DT Brown
Marvel of Peru Mirabilis jalapa from Home Saved Seeds
Nasturtium Milkmaid Tropaeolum majus from Home Saved Seeds
Californian Bluebell Phacelia tanacetifolia from Green Harvest
Pumpkin Anna Swartz Cucurbita maxima from Diggers
Pumpkin Golden Nugget Cucurbita maxima from Johnson's Seeds*
Pumpkin Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Cucurbita moschata from Diggers
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut Cucurbita moschata from Diggers
Other seeds from pumpkins grown at the community gardens in our town and a nearby one.
Squash Spaghetti Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Sunflower Giant Russian Helianthus annuus from Select Organic
Zucchini Black Beauty Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Zucchini Lebanese Cucurbita pepo from Mr Fothergill's*
Zucchini Tondo di Piacenza Cucurbita pepo from Mr Fothergill's*
Zucchini Tromboncino Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Seeds marked * are being grown for the community garden from seeds very generously donated by Mr Fothergill's Seeds...they donated a whole box of interesting seeds for use in the garden.

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown from the 12th until the 14th of September.

General Seed Raising info Here on this link

For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Helpful Chickens

The new little chooks have been out and about lately "helping" in the garden...that's why you will find a lot of crates protecting newly planted out seedlings!!!!

Seeds Sown: I have included Cucumbers and Melons in this sowing as they may be sown in either the greens or fruit moon phase and I had more free time this week.
Agastache Licorice Blue Agastache rugosa from Diggers
Amaranth Autumn Palette Amaranthus cruentus from Diggers
Amaranth Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus from The Lost Seed
Basil Holy Tulsi Ocimum tenuiflorum from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Basil Sweet Ocimum basilicum from Diggers
Borage White Borago officinalis from 4 Seasons Seeds
Chia Salvia hispanica from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Chickweed Stellaria media from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cosmos Orange Cosmos sulphurex from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cosmos Ulam Raja Cosmos caudatas from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cucumber Double Yield Cucumis sativus from Diggers
Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green F1 Cucumis sativus from Johnson's
Cucumber Spiky Indian Cucumis Anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dock Curley Rumex crispus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Egyptian Spinach Corchorus olitorius from Cornucopia Seeds
Fat Hen Chenopodium album from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Ice Plant Crystal Leaf Mesembryanthemum crystallinum  from Green Harvest
Kang Kong Ipomoea aquatica from Phoenix Seeds
Lettuce Red Iceberg Lactuca sativa from Diggers
Lettuce Tennis Ball Lactuca sativa from Diggers
Malabar Spinach Red Basella rubra from Cornucopia
Mountain Spinach Yellow Orach Atriplex hortensis Cornucopia Seeds
Rockmelon Ananas Cucumis melo  from Diggers
Rockmelon Delice De La Table Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Prescott Fond Blanc
Cucumis melo from Diggers
Watermelon Cream Of Saskatchewan Citrullus lanatus from Diggers
Watermelon Moon and Stars Citrullus lanatus from Diggers

Potting up/on:
More tomato seedlings as they sprout
Capsicum Large Chinese and Sweet Paprika
Okra Red
Strawberry runners
Sweet Mace

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops which can be sown on the 4th and 5th of September and also on the 8th. When I shall be sowing my Squashes and Pumpkins in the greenhouse.

For information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.


General Seed Raising info Here on this link

For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

Friday, 29 August 2014

Early Spring Seed Sowing

The days are getting warmer...spring is just around the corner...but the mornings continue to be frosty! Lots of early spring propagation happening indoors and in the greenhouse.

Seeds Sown: (during Fruit Planting Phase) Note: these were all started inside on a heated propagation tray. Most sown into coir jiffy pellets which are then potted up with no disturbance to tiny seedlings
Capsicum Capsicum annuum
Chinese Giant from Diggers
Sweet Paprika from Home Saved Seeds
Okra Red Abelmoschus esculentus from Green Harvest
Sweet Mace Tagetes lucida from Diggers
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum (listed as Lycopersicon lycopersicum on Digger's seed packet and  L. esculentum  on the others)
Amish Paste from Diggers & Mr  Fothergill's
Christmas Grapes from Diggers
Red and Black "Indigo Apple" from Diggers
Tiny Tim from Johnson's seeds
Tiny Tommy Berry Mix from Diggers
Tommy Toe from Mr Fothergill's

Potting on:
Lettuce Everlasting
Lettuce Freckles
Silverbeet Bright Lights
Tomato (a few early sprouters) Tiny Tommy Berry mix, Amish Paste, Christmas Grapes, Tommy Toe

Cuttings Taken:
Black Mulberry Morus nigra
Comfrey - root cuttings plus divided
Red Veined Sorrel - divided
Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
Taupata or NZ Mirror Bush Coprosma repens

Planting Out:
Brown Onions (home grown seedlings)
Cedronella (transplants)
Lavender (cuttings)
Potato tubers Solanum tuberosum Kipfler and Spunta (started in pots)
Parsley Moss Curled (home grown seedlings)
Rosemary dark blue (cuttings)

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown from the 28th August up to the 1st of September. When I shall be starting some early Basil and Amaranth seeds on the heated propagation tray and other salad greens in the greenhouse.

For information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.

General Seed Raising Here on this link
Beginners Guide to taking cuttings Here

For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Root Planting

My Potatoes - Spunta and Kipfler chitted and ready for planting NOW!!!!

Very busy at the moment but just a quick reminder for Moon Planting this week...
Root crops can be sown on the 12h and 13th and also on the 16th of August. Carrots and Parsnips could go in now if one had a bed cleared of earwigs to put them in which I don't!!!!

A bit of info on Potatoes here

For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

Monday, 4 August 2014

August Frosts

August has begun with a weekend of frosts -4.2C the lowest so far! Here in the photo there is frost on Pink Kale, Oregano and Alexanders.

My usual early Spring propagation plans were on hold this month due to proposed minor surgery. Surgery that was cancelled at the last moment (3 hours before it was scheduled) and while that procedure can wait my Spring sowing plans cannot! So I'm off to sow seeds and plant out lots of flowering and fruiting plants/herbs in the orchard area.

Seeds Sown:
Broad Beans Chocolate Flowered Vicia Faba from Diggers Seeds
Californian Poppy Purple Eschscholzia californica from Diggers Seeds
Leeks King Richard Allium ampeloprasum from Diggers Seeds
Leeks Musselburgh Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed
Leeks Bulgarian Giant Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed

Potting up/on:
Grapevine White Sultana (it's permanent site is not ready yet so it has gone into a pot)

Planting Out: Throughout July
Broad Beans Crimson Flowered
Cabbage Sugarloaf
Cauliflower 60 Days
Onions White
Onions Potato
Peas Onward
Peas Angela's Blue (Purple Podded)
Some of these Peas were also planted into the Children's Garden beds at the Community Garden

Into the Orchard:
Fruit Trees -
Almond Self Pollinating Papershell
Mulberry Hicks Fancy
Plum Gulf Gold Dwarf
Sugar N Spice Nectarine and Plum cross
All from Daley's Nursery
Planted around for companions and beneficial insect attraction:
Alyssum
Catmint
Chokeberry Aronia melonocarpa
Clary Sage
Coriander
Daisies
Dianella
Elephant Garlic
Erigeron
Evening Primrose
False Mallow
Felicia amelloides 'Variegata'
Globe Artichoke
Iris
Larkspur
Lavender
Lucerne/Alfalfa
Parsley
Red Clover
Rock Rose
Salad Burnett
Statice

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops which can be sown on the 5th of August and also on the 8th and 9th of August. When I shall be starting my Tomatoes, Okra and Capsicums inside (our old caravan) on the heated propagation bed.

For information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.

General Seed Raising Here on this link

For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

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