Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rainy Days...Never get me Down!

We have enjoyed some welcome rain this week. Time to remove any remaining shades and let the rain fall on the new seedlings. It's great weather to plant out more seedlings.

No seeds were sown

Planting Out:
Cauliflower Mini into Pots on the Back Pergola along with...
Corn Salad
Chinese Celery
Celery
Endive
Lettuce Mesclun Mixed seedlings these were also planted in spare spots in other beds
One of the tank beds has been moved closer to the new chook runs and I will grow some greens for the girls in it...
Silverbeet Bright Lights
Pink Kale that I found in a pot from the microgreen collection
Kailaan Chinese Broccoli that I took as cuttings when I removed the plants last year...we shall see how they go.


The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown on the 16th and 17th of April and on the 20th and 21st of April. I'll be sowing more onions as the last lot haven't germinated very well.
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.

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


You don't always need to start plants from seeds or cuttings! I just planted out the base of a bunch of celery last March 2013...and it grew...and it continues to grow. Magic!
This can work with Spring Onions, Leeks, Pineapples (if you live in the right climate) and you can even try it with Cabbages and Lettuces.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Look at Those Peas Now!!!


The Peas that were pre-sprouted on a paper towel slowly emerged and with the warm weather are starting to scramble up their wire support!

Seeds Sown:
3rd April:

Coriander Coriandrum sativum The Seed Collection
Lettuce Cos Romain  Lactuca sativa Johnsons Seeds
Lettuce Mixed Salad Leaves Lactuca sativa Johnsons Seeds
Lettuce Purple Oak Leaf Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Rocket Cultivated Eruca sativa Mr Fothergill's Organic
Spinach Matador  Spinacia oleracea Mr Fothergill's Organic
Spinach English Medania Spinacia oleracea DT Brown

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown on the 8th and 13th & 14th of April.
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

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: March 2014:

The work on the new chook runs began around Christmas time but with the heat of January and February little work was achieved. Earlier this month we got outside and finished it off. Mesh covers the roof, side and extends about 1 metre out from the fenceline at the bottom. This mesh "skirt" will be covered with crusher dust soon and hopefully that will prevent any fox attacks this winter. The roof will have a covering of shadecloth fitted for next summer but for now the chooks can enjoy the warming sunshine. New chooks will be purchased soon!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 4.8C
Highest Min 22C
Lowest Max 19.5C
Highest Max 34.3C
3mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 49mm (Average YTD: 66mm)
Comparison with other years:
March Average is 21mm:
2014 3mm
2013 6mm
2012 32.5 mm
2011 49.8mm
2010 7mm
2009 13mm
2008 0mm
2007 29.7mm

Weather Highlights?
After an average start to the year as far as rainfall goes this month we have had very little rain although humidity levels have been quite high. Temperatures have in the upper 20s (C) with 9 days above 30C.

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 Amaranth, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Cucumber Apple 2323g
Potatoes 272g
Onions  188g
Tomato Roma 137g
Tomato Tommy Toe 117g
Tomato Yellow Baby Pear 659g
Zucchini Early 1372g
Zucchini Golden 244g

Total Veg Harvest for March 5.3Kgs

Apples Cox's Orange Pippin 575g
Apples Jonathon 8465g
Apples Golden Delicious 4665g
Blackberries 115g
Nashi 257g
Peaches 1250g
Pears 3566g

Total Fruit Harvest for March 19.9Kg

Total Eggs for March:   32eggs.
21 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
11 From the 3 Faverolles

March Growth:


The Broad Bean seeds sown in Loo Rolls are now screaming to be planted out!!!

These Cauliflowers are fast out growing their temporary netting...

The Radish seeds that were direct sown around the edge of the Red Russian Kale are up and growing!

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

The garden is still evolving so I won't add a link to where everything is until I work out just where that is going to be!!!!

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Autumn Equinox

The new seedlings that have been planted out are thriving in the warm autumn soil and with the hope of rain soon they should put on good growth before the frosts of winter hit. Old metal stool frames provide temporary support for the Vege Netting until I have time to put more Hoops over the beds.

Friday morning was the Autumn Equinox so we are all systems go for winter. Summer was very long and hot I have to wonder what sort of winter we are heading into.

Seeds Sown:

18th to 21st March: seeds of root crops and perennials
Lotus Sunrise Lotus pedunculatus Green Harvest
Lovage Levisticum officinale Cornucopia Seeds
Lucerne Sequel Medicago sativa Green Harvest
Onion Cipollini Red Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Onion Cipollini Yellow Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Radish French Breakfast Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Long Scarlet Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Mila Raphanus sativus Country Value

Potting On: Seedlings:
Alyssum Carpet of Snow
Alyssum Royal Carpet
Chinese Celery
Corn Salad
Endive
Lettuce Freckles
Mesclun Mix Lettuce

Cuttings Taken:
Daisy Double White Argyranthemum frutescens
Lavender French Lavendula dentata
Pelargonium Lemon Pelargonium crispum
Pelargonium Lemon Variegated Pelargonium crispum variegatum
Pelargonium Pot Pourri
Pelargonium Spice scented
Rosemary Pink, Blue, Dark Blue Rosmarinus officinalis
Sage Salvia officinalis
Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus syn S. incana
Silverbush Convolvulus cneorum
Wormwood Common Artemisia absinthium
Wormwood Roman Artemesia pontica


 Planting Out:
Garlic Italian White from Greenpatch Organic Seeds...looking forward to a bumper crop of Garlic this year so I can try some of the "20 Unusual Uses for Garlic" on this link
Broccoli Albert
Broccoli Green Dome
Cabbage Verona Purple
Kale Red Russian
Kale Tuscan
Lettuce Mixed
Silverbeet Bright Lights
4 trays of mixed seedlings (Kale, Broccoli, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Silverbeet) were taken up to the Community Garden and shared amongst the "Plotters"...it was good to re-visit the site after a couple of years away. There are more Plots now but it was good to find many of the shrubs I planted at the beginning have grown well and are serving their purpose of attracting beneficial insects and windbreaks.


With all the seedlings and cuttings I have been propagating lately I needed somewhere safe for them to grow on. This little walk in green house was on special at Home Hardware this week so Doc bought me two of them. I only have room for one at the moment so the other has been stored away until we sort out the backyard a bit more! They come with a plastic zippered cover but I just needed something to attach some Vege Net onto to keep the bugs (Cabbage moths, Grasshoppers, Snails etc...) from destroying the seedlings overnight! The Back Pergola has become the Potting Area lately as it is the coolest spot in the garden!

I have been taming the Trombone jungle down in the Old Chook Run Garden to plant out the main Garlic crop in the bed on the right and planted some Collard , Silverbeet and Lettuce seedlings in the bed at the back. The bed on the left still has the Sweet Potatoes growing strongly and I may cover these with plastic as the weather cools. The beds are netted to stop the birds digging up the garlic cloves and seedlings to steal the worms in the soil.

Wow the pre-sprouting of pea seeds certainly worked well. The seedlings are growing fast!!
 
The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops  which can be sown from 3.50pm  on the 1st of April until the 3rd of April. I shall pop just a few more lettuces in and maybe some more coriander. I will definitely be sowing some English Spinach because the early lot has bolted straight to seed...grrr! It will soon be too cold in my garden for many seeds to germinate.

General Seed Raising Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see 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

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.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pea Pre-sprouts

Well so far so good with the pre-sprouted Peas...they were placed on a moist paper towel, wrapped up and put into a ziplock bag (not sealed) and left inside.
I had to leave them over the weekend so the shoots were slightly longer than I would have liked. I made sure the soil was wet before planting them out and kept them cool under some shadecloth so here's hoping they grow!

Seeds Sown:
Mar 12:

Broad Beans Coles Early Dwarf
Vicia faba from DT Brown
Broad Beans Scarlet Cambridge Vicia faba  from Home Saved Seeds
Sown
into loo roll holders
Climbing Snow Peas Mammoth Melting Pisum sativum from Mr Fothergill's that were pre-spouted before planting out into Bed 7

Planting Out:
Cauliflower 60 Days
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
into Bed 10

Perpetual Spinach 
into Bed 7

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown from the 18th until the 21st of March. When I shall  be planting my main crop of Garlic. Seeds of beetroot and radish might find themselves being sown too and I should try some Onions from seed this year. As this phase is also good for sowing perennial herbs I might try some of those.
I'll also try to fit in taking some cuttings during this moon phase as it is a good time for making strong root growth.

General Seed Raising information Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see 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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