Monday, 26 January 2009

Misty Morn...

Scarecrow's Log: 25:01:2009:

Misty Morn question
That was Saturday
...that was our 'hint' of rain for the week
...it didn't even register in the rain gauge.
Now we are headed for a heatwave
with temperatures around 41C (105F) all week.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 12.1C
Highest Max 37.4C
Rain..."Trace"

I harvested some of the Red Shallots this week, including the large one in the photo that weighed in at 250g (8.8oz according to my little convert programme)

The very large heads of the Giant Russian Sunflowers are causing the plants to droop right down low over the veg beds. These heads will soon be ready to pick and store away for the chooks in winter.

Meanwhile...we pick the smaller heads off the volunteer sunflowers around the garden and throw into the chicken run.
These plants are visited each evening by the local Ring-necked Parrots. In the photo Mrs Parrot (on the right) is preparing to join hubby on his plant...the seeds must taste better over there. wink

No planting this week, just watering those autumn crop seedlings and thinning out the Trees For Life plantings. Also trimming back some of the tomatoes that have been attacked by the Tomato Russet Mite again this year...I have noticed a few plants that seem to be resisting the attack so I'll earmark those for seed saving.

I planted 7 or 8 different varieties of tomatoes this year to see if some would resist this bug and it appears some have (seems to be the golden ones that are coping better) but it's early days yet and we have a heatwave to get through now! rolleyes

I think that chookie has her eye on
those Nashi fruits that are nearly ripe
...I might have to fence that tree off for a week or two. wink

The Strawberry Spinach is fruiting...Plants For A Future site has a warning about possible toxicity of this plant with the Saponins and Oxalic Acid it contains.
Read this link for the info on it.


Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Cucumber Crystal Apple***142g
Cucumber Lemon***121g
Potatoes Blue Sapphire***1080g
Shallots Red***720g
Tomato Ida Gold***310g
Tomato Pink Ponderosa***110g
Tomato Roma***208g
Tomato Sunrise***488g
Tomato Tigerella***374g
Tomato Tommy Toe Yellow***256g
Tomato Reisenstraube***47g
Zucchini Costata Romanesco***1388g
Zucchini Black***721g



No fruit weighed this week just outdoor feasting on Plums, Thornless Blackberries and some yummy Black Sultana Grapes. mrgreen

Plus a yummy mix of greens for salads...young Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Gotu Kola.

Plus 20 Eggs from the (HOT) girls.

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