Friday, 31 August 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 241


The Haybale Garden on Bed 3 is proving to be a worthwhile addition to the plan.
The young Broccoli and Cabbages are looking good...just one problem! evil

The warm weather has brought the cabbage moths out.
They are everywhere.
Each time I visit the garden I check the backs of the leaves for the tiny eggs that these pests lay and squish them before they have time to hatch.

I needed a way to keep the moths off the seedlings. The weather is warm now but not really warm enough to cover things up with shadecloth yet.
I have some fleece fabric but with the very strong winds we are having lately they'd be ripped to shreds in minutes.

I scrounged around in the old caravan that has become a store for 'you don't want to know what' (read everything) and found just the thing.
Some old net curtains...left over from days when we lived in houses with big windows. I bundled them up and took them to the garden...they were too small.

So I took them inside and ran them up on the trusty Janome (sewing machine) and in five minutes was back in the garden with a cover that fitted.

The curtains were held in place by lengths of wood with rocks on them because we had 50km/h plus winds forecast.

I put jars over the ends of the stakes so they don't rip the fabric

They survived and hopefully so will the seedlings and their tiny companions, the newly emerged peas that are just showing their heads.

These curtains should keep the birds off the peas too! biggrin

Thursday, 30 August 2007

A Photo A Day- No. 240

Cabbage Moth Alert!
These nasty cabbage moths are after my baby seedlings...
urgent action is called for!!! mad

I'll show you tomorrow what I've done. cool

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Drinking Out The Tap!

Whenever I empty the chooks water bucket they always drink the water off the dirt.

But 'Pinky' thinks there is a better way...
...she'd rather have the clean water...

...but it's coming out that little hose...

...shouldn't really drink from the tap but what the heck...

...gurgle, gurgle, gurgle..

...mmm that was better than muddy water.

A Photo A Day - No. 239

Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse last night was great fun.
A clear chilly night made viewing spectacular. eek
It was a chance to learn some night photography skills.
Which I still need more of! sad

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 238

Oca - Oxalis tuberosa
Something new I'm trying this year is Oca (See here)
Looks interesting! cool
I've planted them in large pots so I can move them around.
They don't like too much heat.
So I'll move them to the shade in summer.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Spring Planting List 07

Planted and potted on as of 27 Aug 07

Most (except where stated) in individual containers, cut down milk/juice bottles, with no bases to enable easier and less disruptive planting.

See Food Gardening for Beginners Part 6 - Getting Your Seeds To Grow for more information on growing from seed.

Living in the Plastic Hot House:
  • Black Zucchini x 10
  • Lebanese Mini Cucumbers x 3
  • Just Another Pumpkin x 5
  • Nasturtiums x 7 containers of 2 ea
  • Sunflowers mixed 17 containers
  • Marigolds 36 Cell tray + punnet
  • White Cosmos 26 Cell tray
  • Basil Green and Purple 18 mixed punnets (for fete stall)
  • plus 1 Cell tray (30) of each for us
  • Black Russian Tomatoes x 27
  • Pacesetter Tomatoes x 5
  • Ida Gold Tomatoes x 1
  • Goldfinger Zucchinis x 6
  • Lemon Cucumbers x 5
  • Rouge d'Etampes Pumpkin x 5
Aug 26th noticed some dampening off/fungus damage to 1 cucumber...mixed a cup of organic Chamomile tea and diluted it to spray everything in the hothouse!!

Black Zucchini, White Cosmos,
Evening Sun Sunflower and Sweet Basil

Just Another Pumpkin, Crackerjack Marigolds,
Lebanese Cucumbers and Alaska Gold/Scarlet Nasturtiums

Sunflowers - Giant Russian & 'Gringo',
Rouge d'Etampes Pumpkin,
Purple Basil & Black Russian Tomatoes

Emerging but not quite ready for potting on:
Living in the old Hot House or in the Shade House;
  • Buttercup Pumpkin
  • Delicata Squash
  • Anise Hyssop.
  • Silverbeet
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Bronze Fennel
  • Phacelia tanacetifoli
  • Nigella - Blue
  • Nigella - Mixed

Seeds Sown 23rd Aug 07:
In the old Hot House;
  • Rockmelon Hales
  • Watermelon Golden Midget
  • Watermelon Moon and Stars
  • Bean Gourd
  • Bottle Gourds

Bed 3 Straw Bale Garden

Planted in the Garden 21st Aug 07:
Bed 3 Straw Bale Garden;
  • 9 Di Cicco Early Broccoli
  • 2 Golden Acre Cabbage
  • 12 Coriander
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Emerging Potatoes

Planted in the Garden 1st Aug 07:
Into Bed 6;
  • Mixed coloured Potatoes under plastic cloche

Oca in pot

Planted 26th Aug 07:
In Bed 2;
  • Mixed coloured Potatoes
In Dog Pen Garden - in big pots;

Compost Making Update: 27 Aug 07

This is the final update on this compost heap...because I'm starting to use it!

The compost has been 'cooking' for 12 weeks through our cold and very dry winter.

Since building this heap we have had a total of 30mm of rain. We haven't had more than 5mm fall in one day so basically this heap has had no help from falling rain but has been watered with rainwater from the tank on each turn.

This heap:
  • Was built on 2 June 07
  • First turned on 11 June 07
  • Second turn on 30 June 07
  • Third turn on 11 July 07
  • Fourth turn 29 July 07
  • Fifth turn 18 Aug 07
The cover has remained on most of this time only being removed on 17 August when rain was forecast (4mm fell)

I have begun using it:
  • mixing into soil for building up beds for spring planting;
  • putting in trenches when planting potatoes;
  • filling holes in preparation for pumpkins;
  • as a feeding, surface mulch which has been covered with dry straw.

It is quite damp and smells wonderfully 'earthy'.

Go HERE to see how it was built
and updates are HERE
and HERE.

A Photo A Day - No. 237

Hot House Seedlings
Just two weeks on...things are really growing fast.
Warmer days are sending the temperature soaring in there.
Over 40C...getting a shade cloth cover ready!
Click on the photo to read the names.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

A Photo A Day - No. 236

Ice Cream!!
We made some yummy vanilla ice cream today.
Put some away in tiny containers.
Just right for snacks and milk-shakes! lol


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