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

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: July 2014:

Growth in the Garden in cold July:
1 Lots of planting in the new Fruit/Orchard area including 3 Cherry Trees to be Spanish Bush pruned and 3 new fruit trees and a new Almond. With lots of flowering plants and herbs the area is filling up fast.
2 Dwarf and Climbing Peas in the Fridge Wicking Beds with a simple trellis in between
3 Romanesco Broccoli
4 Verona Purple Savoy Cabbage
 
Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -5.2C
Highest Min 8.8C
Lowest Max 7.5C
Highest Max 18.2C
15mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 222mm (Average YTD: 185.6mm)
Comparison with other years:
July Average is 33.6mm:
2013 65mm
2012  42.5mm
2011 45mm
2010 27.5mm
2009 35mm
2008 36mm
2007 16.5mm

Weather Highlights?

Frosty mornings mean bright sunny days...warmer mornings mean cloudy or windy days. We have had both during this month our middle winter month.


Violet Sicilian Cauliflower ready for harvesting and weighing in at 994g

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Corn Salad, Kale, Lettuce, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beetroot 471g
Broccoli 320g
Carrots 1517g
Cauliflower 994g
Celery 471g
Kale 169g
Lettuce 183g
Radish 79g
Snow Peas 35g
Spinach 93g
Sweet Potato 560g

Total Veg Harvest for July 4.9Kgs

Tangelo 1741g

Total Fruit Harvest for July 1.7Kg

Total Eggs for July: 102 eggs.
99 From the 7 Farmyard Bantams (who are all laying now)
  3 From the 3 Faverolles (who only lay when it suits them now)

July of Previous Years:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
 


Doc has been very busy clearing more garden to make way for another new project!

We had 3 very special guests who spent a day learning how to be tree huggers (and climbers). The Grandtwins are now 4 and Microman, now 2 and does everything with the twins, is now known as 'the third twin'.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: June 2014

Growth around the garden in June:
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
Broccoli Albert
Mixed Spinach and Rocket
Mammoth Melting Climbing Snow Peas

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -1.2C
Highest Min 11.2C
Lowest Max 8.3C
Highest Max 16.4C
22.5mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 207mm (Average YTD: 153mm)
Comparison with other years:
June Average is 33.9mm:
2013 116.5mm
2012  24mm
2011 14.5mm
2010 13.5mm
2009 53mm
2008 27mm
2007 7.5mm

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Lettuce, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Silverbeet, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.

Broccoli 155g
Potatoes 368g
Spinach 81g
Sweet Potato 226g

Total Veg Harvest for June .8Kgs


Total Eggs for June: 40 eggs.
39 From the 7 Farmyard Bantams
   1 From the 3 Faverolles

June of Previous Years:

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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