Monday, 9 March 2009


Scarecrow's Log: 08:03:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 10C
Highest Max 29.9C
Rain 5mm

The Native Violets Viola hederacea are flowering in the Shadehouse.

I've potted up several punnets of Beetroot...the seeds in the wicking bed have germinated well so I'll be able to sell these at the market soon.
Transplanted some Celery - Kintsai (soup Celery) into 'growing-on' containers.

Seeds were sown in the shadehouse of:
Kohlrabi - Super Schmeltz Brassica oleracea Gongylodes Group (Phoenix)
Cabbage - 'Purple Flowered Choy' Brassica rapa var. purpurea (Green Harvest)
Cabbage - 'Red Choi' F1 Brassica rapa var. chinensis (Green Harvest)
Corn Salad - Valerianella locusta (Phoenix)
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum (Greenpatch)
Kale - 'Squire' Brassica oleracea Acephala Group (Green Harvest)

Snow Peas - Roi de Carouby from my home saved seeds.

On Friday evening over in the Main Vegetable Garden:
Peas - Blue Bantam Dwarf (DT Brown I'd rather not use this brand, from the UK, but the name intrigued me wink) were planted along the edges of Bed 2 .

Into Bed 3 I've planted (seedlings) 4 each of:
Broccoli - Romanesco
Cabbage - Sugarloaf
Cabbage - Red Drumhead
Cauliflower - Mini
Cauliflower - Violet Sicilian

These have been covered with net curtains draped over poly arches...using up some of the left over 1.5 inch fits easily over tomato stakes driven into the ground on the outside edge of the wicking beds. This will keep those Cabbage White Butterflies off and also helps keep off aphids, birds and grasshoppers.

We've been very busy tidying up the garden ready for the Garden Group visit in a couple of weeks. This is a great incentive to clear all the pathways and make everything safe. It's also making us get stuck into the tasks that we could only think about during the heat of February.

The Herb Spiral has been replanted
and I've topped up the pond again.

The Bushfood Bed has had some attention too
...although production on this bed has been very disappointing.

The Spudzinabin have been topped up already and mulched.

Weekly Harvest Tally: Harvest is slowing as Autumn planting begins...
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.

Carrots Atomic Red***80g
Zucchini Costata Romanesco***1329g
Zucchini Black***2327g
2 Buckets full of Basil leaves for drying.

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

Plus 6 Eggs from the girls.


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