Friday, 31 October 2014

One Handed Gardening???

Unable to do much in the garden we took the chance to go and visit the Grandies. PoppyDoc helped set up their new garden beds which they will plant up with some of Nannie's seedlings and Strawberries. Meanwhile they had a lovely time in their new sandpit.

Well when I said life was chaotic in the last post, gardening is on a go slow at the moment as I have my left arm in a cast after breaking my wrist! Luckily I did manage to get a few jobs done before it happened. Do you know how much you use both hands do do things????

Seeds Sown:
Crotalaria Crotalaria species from Greenpatch Seeds
Lucerne Medicago sativa from Greenpatch Seeds
Osteospermum fruticosum from Mr Fothergill's
Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan seeds from a friend
Strawberry White Soul
Fragaria vesca from 4 Seasons Seeds
Strawberry Yellow Wonder
Fragaria vesca from 4Seasons Seeds
Peanuts Arachis hypogaea from Greenpatch Seeds
Peppermint Mentha × piperita from Country Value Seeds
Asparagus Purple Asparagus officinalis from Home Saved Seeds
Beetroot Touchstone Gold Beta vulgaris from Green Harvest
The following seeds have been scattered around the new fruit area:
Buckwheat
Chickpeas
Cosmos
Nasturtiums
Parsnip
Phacelia
Sunflowers Red
Sunflowers Sun King
Hopefully the earwigs will allow at least a few to grow.

Potting On: I had a tidy up of my plant table before the hot weather arrived.
Abutilon milleri
Anise Hyssop seedlings
Basil Sweet  seedlings
Cape Mallow Anisodontea x hypomandarum
Cerastium tomentosum - Snow-in-Summer
Chickweed seedlings
Cistus Sunset
Cucumber Double Yield Seedlings
Cucumber Mini White seedlings
Dampiera diversifolia
Fig Excel
Fig St Dominique Violet
Hebe hybrid 'Wiri Charm'
Japanese Yam seedlings
Lavender Blue
Lavender Dwarf Pink
Lime Balm
Lettuce Salad Leaf Mixed seedlings
Lettuce Tennis Ball seedlings
Okra seedlings
Passionfruit Daisy Tagetes lemonii
Parsley Afro seedlings
Plumbago auriculata var. alba
Polygala dalmaisiana
Pumpkin Golden Nugget seedlings
Sage Variegated
Sweet Mace seedlings
Sweet Potato Mauve
Sweet Potato White
Tomato Christmas Grapes seedlings
Thyme Turkey
Watermelon Cream of Saskatchewan seedlings
Watermelon Moon and Stars seedlings
White Currant cuttings

Cuttings/Division:
African Daisy White Osteospermum fruticosum
Citronella Grass
Dymondia Marguerite
Mint Ginger
Mint Lime
Yarrow White

Planting Out:
Coreopsis
Lettuce Tennis Ball
Red Shallots
Tomato Red and Black
Tomato Tiny Tommy Mixed
Yarrow White

I completely missed the Greens planting dates for October so will have to catch up during Fruit planting dates on November 2nd & 3rd and 6th. When I shall be sowing some more seeds from a new Seed Supplier.  If you like to grow unusual food and useful plants go check them out.
Fair Dinkum Seeds
 
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

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, 10 October 2014

Top-up Sowing

It's a daily ritual this time of the year to take the trays of seedlings out of the greenhouse and return them at night.

Life has been chaos with lots of markets, lots of sowing and transplanting seeds and a trip to hospital (finally) thrown in for good measure. Now all that has passed I can get down to some serious garden re-vamping and get my spring seedlings planted out. The weather is warming up but the nights are still chilly, while getting things ready I have been out catching earwigs and getting the chooks to help. The Faveroles have been very helpful in clearing the smaller beds while the younger bantams just go wildly scratching their way around the fruit trees.

During the Green Planting Moon Phase (September 25th to 28th):
Seeds Sown: Sown into punnets but no longer needing the heated bed!
Basil Sweet Genovase Ocimum basililicum from DT Brown
Lettuce Mixed Salad Leaves Lactuca sativa from Johnsons Seeds
Parcel aka Leaf Celery Apium graveolens var. Secalinum from Home Saved Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense var sativum from Phoenix Seeds
Sunflower Sun King Helianthus annuus from DT Brown

Potting up/on:
Basil Holy/Tulsi
Basil Sweet
Kang Kong
Malabar Spinach Red

During the Fruit Planting Moon Phase (October 3rd and 6 & 7th):
Seeds Sown: some extras for backups.
Cucumber Double Yield Cucumis sativus from Diggers
Cucumber Mini White Cucumis sativus from 4 Seasons Seeds
Cucumber Spiky Indian Cucumis anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Okra Red Abelmoschus esculentus Green Harvest
Rockmelon Ananas Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Prescott Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Delice Cucumis melo from Diggers
Zucchini Black Beauty Cucurbita pepo from Greenpatch

Potting Up:
Capsicum Large Chinese
Cucumber Double Yield
Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green
Pumpkin Anna Swartz
Pumpkin Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut
Rockmelons Ananas
Rockmelon Delice De La Table
Rockmelon Prescott Fond Blanc
Squash Spaghetti
Zucchini Tromboncino
Zucchini Black Beauty

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown on the 10th and 11th as well as the 14th and 15th of October.

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

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spring Equinox

Today (Tuesday 23rd September) was the Spring Equinox and temperatures are certainly on the rise...seedlings are being potted up daily as planting out time draws near.

Seeds Sown:
Beetroot Chioggia Beta vulgaris from Mr Fothergills
Beetroot Cylindra Beta vulgaris from Diggers
Comfrey Symphytum officinale from Diggers
Lovage Levisticum officinale from Cornucopia Seeds
Onion Spring All Year Round Allium fistulosum from Mr Fothergills seed tape
Radish Sparkler Raphanus sativus from DT Brown

Potting On:
Amaranth Autumn Palette
Amaranth Mekong Red
Borage White
Californian Poppy Purple
Capsicum Chinese Giants
Chia
Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora (purchased seedlings)
Leeks Bulgarian Giant
Leeks Elephant
Lettuce Red Iceberg
Salvia White Salvia farinacea  (purchased seedlings)
Strawberry Temptation
Tomatoes Tiny Tim

Cuttings/Division:
Japanese Sedge Variegated Carex morrowii Variegata
Marjoram 

Oregano Variegated
Yacon

Planting Out:
Parsley Flat Leaved purchased seedlings

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown from the 25th of September up to the 28th of September.

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. info 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

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

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