Sunday, 2 September 2007

August 07 Journal Notes

" The Value of Keeping Records"
A little trouble taken to keep notes of garden operations, the season, rainfall, time of sowing, planting, blooming, ripening will return in the course of a few years an amount of information which will prove invaluable, therefore we suggest that every beginner make a few notes from month to month; this will enable him rapidly to improve his methods and become an expert gardener."
-Yates Garden Guide 1933

In keeping with this advice I post a summary each month from my Garden Journal. That is the word processor version of my scribbled notes I write by hand into a notebook.

Wednesday 1 Min 5.7°C Max 16.5°C
2mm Rain o/n
3 Eggs
Planted out a mixture of coloured Potatoes saved from last year into Bed 6 and covered over with a plastic tunnel.
See the full entry here

Sunday August 5 Min 5.8°C Max 13°C
3 Eggs
Added water container to drip line on bed 6
See how here.

Monday August 6 Min -0.2°C Max 17°C
3 Eggs
8 San Marzano Tomatoes
4 Buttercup Pumpkins
4 Rouge d'Etampe Pumpkins
6 Goldfinger Zucchini
6 Lemon Cucumbers
These were planted into punnets and margarine containers and put in polystyrene boxes with glass covers.
Into a 6 celled punnet seeds of Alpine Strawberries were planted, placed in a plastic bag and put into the shadehouse as they require a temperature under 16 degrees to germinate.

Friday August 10 Min 8.6°C Max 20.9°C
3 Eggs
Preparation for plastic hot house building on the weekend.
Cleared Bed 9
Took loads of topsoil and put them ready top up potatoes on bed 6.
Collected the star pickets.
Found 2 pieces of poly irrigation pipe that just fitted.
Bought plastic 6m
See the full project here

Monday August 13 Min 0.7°C Max 14°C
3 Eggs
Potted on seedlings after making up potting on mix see here.

Thursday August 23 Min 0.9°C Max 20°C
3 Eggs
Potted on
Black Russian Tomatoes 27; 12 to individual cut down milk containers rest in containers.
Pacesetter Tomatoes 5 to individual cut down milk containers
Ida Gold Tomatoes 1 to a paper pot
Goldfinger Zucchinis 6 to individual cut down juice containers
Lemon Cucumbers 5 to individual cut down juice containers
Rouge d'Etampes Pumpkin 5 to individual cut down juice containers
Potted up some Wormwood cuttings
Planted seeds:
Rockmelon Hales from New Gippsland
Watermelon Golden Midget from Diggers
Watermelon Moon and Stars from Diggers
Bean Gourd from a seed saver
Gourds Bottle from saved seed

Saturday August 25 Min 1.5°C Max 23.5°C
3 Eggs
Cleared end of driveway and moved cars around. Chooks out.
Prepared potting mix and pots for Oca.
Hot house temp peaked at 40C

Thursday August 30 Min 1°C Max 27.9°C
3 Eggs
Covered Bed 3 with curtains to keep off cabbage moths
See the full project here
Harvested first mushrooms from kit one large 164g and 2 smaller, more to come!
See the full project here

A summary of egg totals and weather details:
The girls were really feeling the wintry conditions this month and as a result the egg total was down to 93 but they are already improving for this month. biggrin

Lowest Minimum Temp was -2.3°C
The mean minimum was 2.9°C
Highest Maximum Temp was 27.9°C
The mean maximum was 17.3°C

Rainfall total was 7 mm for the month with the average being 37.6 mm.
Total for year to date is 223.6 mm.


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