Sunday, 27 July 2008

Frosty All Week!!

Garden Log 27 Jul 08:

"All the panes are hung with frost
Wild wizard-work of silver lace.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

6 mornings below 0C this week
Highest max 13.5C
Lowest max 9C
2mm rain

Cold weather all week was good for getting out
and digging more holes for the new wicking beds.

These frosty mornings are a worry now that the Almond tree is in blossom but it was pleasing to see the bees were out on Friday.

The lower temps mean that growth slows down considerably at this time of the year so I've popped a light plastic cover over the Tank Bed Greens for warmth.

The Kohlrabi and Garlic are growing well.

I roughly broke the soil up for 2 rows in the chook run where I'll be planting Potatoes this season and made a manure hole in there too for planting some Queensland Blue Pumpkins...these areas have been covered with bread crates while the girls are still in this run. They will be moving out to their new run soon.

Doc managed to find me an old bath tub this week so this will go into the shadehouse on Bed 9 to grow some Aquatic food plants in summer. I have some Duck Potatoes (Sagittaria sagittifolia) on their way from Green Harvest. These will be planted along with a few Waterchestnuts (Eleocharis dulcis) that I got from Cornucopia Seeds. I'll also pop in some Kang Kong (Ipomoea aquatica) from Phoenix Seeds and Water Cress (Nasturtium officinale) also from Cornucopia Seeds.

Some of those lettuces planted last week are up already!


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