Thursday, 29 May 2008

A Real Bronze Aussie

Quite a few years ago when our son was younger
he planted a packet of Calendula seeds.
They were called 'Bronze Aussies'.

This must have been over 12 years ago
but I still see some calendulas come up
with the 'bronze' edge to their petals.

Now after a small amount of rain they have popped up again!

Thursday, 22 May 2008

After The Rain

Two things have recently happened in Scarecrow's Garden...
Firstly the old girl chooks have been moved back to their 'winter' run and the fence in the Main Vegetable Garden is being removed.
The second thing of importance is that it has rained, just enough to bring up some volunteer plants.

A few of these are 'weeds' - meaning I don't wish to encourage their growth as their later removal becomes very difficult (like marshmallows left) or they provide insect pests a home to overwinter, ready to pounce on my new seedlings in spring (like thistles right).

During the summer months the chook run area under the fruit trees became the dumping ground for many spent vegetables and plants, usually having gone to seed. This has meant that I'm now finding all sorts of things sprouting through the mulch layer. This morning I went searching to see just what was braving the cold weather.

Just inside the gate I found this little collection.
On closer inspection I found:

Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonoides) and Silverbeet

A Brassica?? and Sunflowers

Further along I found
Hollyhocks and Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

French Marigolds and Basil
It is doubtful that these will survive
the coming frosts
but we shall see what happens!

Further out of the old 'run' area on the edge beds there are many Tagasastes popping up including this little collection... eek

I can see why this plant can be a major pest in wet areas of our country. We rarely have reliable enough rains to keep all these little seedlings growing to maturity here. Some of these volunteers will be allowed to grow in-situ, but I will need to mark were they are and water them to establish them.

Most of these plants will be allowed to stay where they are...some will be dug and potted up...some mainly the 'weeds' will be removed. When more chooks are allowed back to this area there will be plenty of forage plants waiting for them and I didn't even have to plant them! cool

Sunday, 18 May 2008

One Word Rain!

Garden Log 18 May 08

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness
s never danced in the rain.
~Author Unknown

Friday night's forecasted snow didn't happen here...
Just beautiful rain falling all weekend.
Since Friday we've had 29mm and rather chilly temps
Saturdays temps were: min 2.7C and max 11.2C Brr.

Was a bit wet to be doing too much in the garden...
however I did manage to plant
out some Roi de Carouby Snow Peas
near the back gate before the rain started.

Earlier in the week I discovered a Mistletoe
fruiting in the canopy of one of the Tagasastes
in the old chook run...
...never noticed any of these in the garden before.

The Golden Beetroot and Telephone peas
have settled into their new home on Bed 10.

And in the Edge Bed this week the Broccoli is starting to well flower I suppose.

The Carob seedlings are showing their heads!
So are the Acacia victoriae and the Tagasastes.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Sit and Watch the Leaves Turn

Garden Log 11 May 08

Everyone must take time to sit
and watch the leaves turn.
~Elizabeth Lawrence

Cool days, chilly mornings down to 2C
Winter is coming
But the garden is still growing!

Time to tuck up the frost sensitive plants...
...frosts are on their way!

Wrapped up to keep the cold out.

Time to pick the chillies and string them up to dry.

Taking cuttings (soapwort) in the cooler weather
when they don't dry out as fast.

Growth...the pathside bed greens

and some of those Legume tree seeds are emerging!

Just enough warmth left for this ladybird
to munch the last of the aphids
off the bronze fennel. Thank you.
(you may like to click on the photo to see it)

Nearly forgot the pumpkins for Matron...
the last of the Rouge de'Etampes (we ate the rest!)
and the little volunteer that braved a late start
back in the March heatwave.

Friday, 9 May 2008


Solidago canadensis

Native to Canada can grow to 1metre
Can be invasive (very) needs to be kept under control.
Bees love it also butterflies.

I need to clear it out occasionally but it always comes back. rolleyes
It's insect attraction is it's saving also adds some height to the garden.

According to these links is a very useful herb too. A Modern Herbal by Mrs M Grieve
Plants For A Future: Database

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Things are moving...

Garden Log 4 May 08:

The greens in the pathside bed
have doubled their growth

with some welcome rain this week.

At last we've had an almost wet week
Total rain for the week 20mm
The garden loved it!
Hints of more to come look promising.

Cooler weather meant we really felt like getting out in the garden this weekend.

We started by taking down the shade cloth covers from all the veg beds, they had a nice rinse in the rain and now look white again instead of the red dust tinge they'd acquired. They were all folded and put into storage in the caravan.

As we removed the shadecloth we discovered some healthy Rhubarb ready to pick.

Bed 2 was full of surprises too...the Kale was well grown, the Goldfinger Zucchini had fruit on it and some volunteer potatoes are well grown and have small new potatoes under them! I'll see how long we can keep them growing before a frost gets them.

The other wicking bed on bed 10 has only been slightly raised as this is mainly for root crops and didn't need the extra compost etc that I've used in the higher beds.
It will be interesting to see how the Beetroot, Onions and Kohlrabi go here. Some Telephone climbing pea seedlings from the shadehouse were planted along the trellis.

We sorted where the new fence was to go, dug the holes and the posts are in!! Doc's measuring up for a gate for the entrance and we're hoping to re-use the mesh from the existing fenceline on this new fence. The new design will have it's own post very soon...

While Doc was off being busy in the garden I connected up the fittings for the new tank. I have run a 19mm hose along the side of the workshop to a tap for easy access.


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