Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Heat Is Gone!

Scarecrow's Log: 08:02:2009:

At last the Rooster weather vane indicated
the cooler southerly wind change.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 15.9C
Highest Max 44C
No Recorded Rain

The cool change finally arrived here in SA on Saturday night...
With the news of the cool change here came the news of the devastation over the border in Victoria. The bush fires wiped out towns where we used to go bush walking when we lived in that state. The fires continue to burn...so sad...the whole nation is donating whatever we can for those folks who have lost everything. Read more here

Sunday morning was a chance to get out into the garden and sort out what was left.
Losses:
First crop of corn ...usual story the weather heats up just as it's ready to pick.
Golden Nugget Pumpkins have finished but there are about a dozen little pumpkins ready to pick from them.
Two Zucchini plants but one's decided to take off again.
Some of the tomatoes are looking worse for wear but I resurrected 4 this morning so we shall see how they go.
One tree of plums cooked on the tree...and the pears aren't looking happy. We are planning shade cloth structures for most of the trees now.
The potatoes looked long gone but I managed to dig up a couple of kilos worth.

One Black Zucchini plant has decided to take off

Most of the things that are finished were just about at the end of their productive life anyway. I now can concentrate on clearing beds and topping them up for the autumn crops. The greens and brassica seedlings I had planted have all survived and I managed to keep those 600 native tree seedlings alive and well for Trees For Life.

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 Lemon***368g
Potatoes King Edward***417g (not bad for volunteers)
Potatoes Purple Sapphires***320g
Potatoes Pontiac***1453g
Tomato Ida Gold***102g
Tomato Roma***703g
Tomato Sunrise***39g
Tomato Tigerella***610g
Tomato Tommy Toe Yellow***610g
Tomato Ponderosa Pink***34g
Zucchini Costata Romanesco***372g

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

Plus 18 Eggs from the girls.

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