Tuesday, 30 December 2008

New Year Wishes For You

Garden Log 28 Dec 08:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 11.6C
Lowest Max 26.7C
Highest Max 33C
Rain 1.4 mm

The last Garden Log for 2008.
I wish all readers a Happy New Year.
May you all have great harvests
and just the right amount of sun and rain
to make your gardens grow!

With Christmas and the Summer Solstice behind us now the next couple of months are set to be scorchers. We have had a very mild start to summer here and as a result have had some great harvests already...mainly in the Zucchini family.

The Costata Romanesco Zucchinis have been wonderful they are almost creamy in texture. The Black Zucchinis are in full production now and I have a couple of the Trombocino Zucchinis setting and growing bigger each day...I'm looking forward to tasting these.

In preparation for the coming heat I've covered Bed 4 with white 50% shadecloth...I've not enclosed it yet as planned.

It was to be an enclosed shaded bed to keep the grasshoppers at bay but so far this year the grasshoppers haven't been a major problem.
In this video clip (a snippet from the Establishing A Food Forest DVD) Geoff Lawton says that:
"if you have a plague of grasshoppers,
you have a deficiency of ground birds"

He speaks of using Turkeys as grasshopper control. I have found young chickens useful and comical to watch attacking grasshoppers...

...but I believe this year it's the gangs of Apostlebirds (left photo) that are doing the work. They are often to be seen scratching around the front garden just next to the Main Veg Garden. And I've seen the Wattlebirds (right photo) catching grasshoppers in the evenings. So thank you, my garden friends. biggrin

The Sunflowers are towering over the beds

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Zucchini Costata Romanesco^^^^^1705g
Zucchini Black^^^^^1238g
Lebanese Mini Cucumber^^^^^288g
Lemon Cucumber^^^^^65g
Atomic Red Carrots^^^^^141g
Ida Gold Tomato^^^^^17g (first tomatoes for the season)
Apricots^^^^^3500g (these were dried)
Peaches^^^^^275g (plus grazing)
Plus a yummy mix of greens for salads...young Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Gotu Kola.


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