Tuesday, 25 March 2008

A Cool Change...Now A Frost Risk!

With the cool change I have to wonder if these will ripen!

Garden Log: 23 March 08

From last weekend's heatwave temps of 38C (100.4F)
the cool change has brought the temps down
considerably to 20C (68F) this weekend.
Friday's minimum of 5C (41F) was even chilly.
Being Easter weekend it was a chance
to get some work done outside for the first time in quite a while!

However the weather hasn't been quite as cold
as up in the North World
Lottie - Allotment Lady in UK - posted some wonderful photos
of her back garden during their White Easter. Brrr!

At last we've had a chance to get some more seeds in as some earlier ones either frizzled in the heat or just refused to germinate:
  • Dill: Anethum graveolens
  • Alpine Strawberries: Fragaria vesca
  • Coriander: Coriandrum sativum
  • Perennial Alyssum - Evergold: Aurinia saxatilis
  • Siberian Pea Tree: Caragana arborescens
  • Phacelia tanacetifoli (for beneficial insect attraction)
  • Angelica archangelica
And seeds for some more...
  • Motherwort: Leonuris cardiaca
  • Corn Salad: Valerianella locusta
  • Onions: Mini Purplette and Creamgold
  • Lady's Mantle: Alchemilla xanthochlora - needs to be planted in Autumn and left outside through Winter to germinate in Spring...I hope!
And into some LooRoll tubes (because the beds aren't ready just yet...)
  • Peas: Telephone
  • Peas: Roi de Carouby Snow

A chance to pot up some seedlings long outgrown their cell trays...
Celpar (Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum) and Silverbeet

To also see the new planting of Lucerne doing well
and catch up on the ones braving the heat on Bed 8.

To check up on Bed 2 plantings of Kale
and also note that the Peanut on this bed has survived the summer
but I fear there won't be enough warm weather left for it to mature
(I'll have to try again next year)

That little pumpkin I hand pollinated on bed 4 isn't so little anymore
and (just for Kate) the Kale next to the Clay Pot Waterer
hardly noticed the heat at all. biggrin

This week we have temps predicted in the low 20Cs
and even a chance of rain...
...but I'll believe that when my head gets wet!!!
That's all very well BUT
they even have us down for a slight Frost Risk already.
Gardening certainly is challenging these days!


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