Monday, 6 April 2009

Off With The Shade!

Scarecrow's Log: 05:04:09:


Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 5.9C
Highest Max 33.6C
Lowest Max 20.7C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the Garden?
With daytime temperatures still over 30C I hadn't been able to remove the shadecovers...but this weekend we have some cooler weather so the Main Veg Garden shade has been removed.
The Apples are ripening... mrgreen Yum!
I had a visit from a local high school student who is a keen vegetable grower! He was impressed with the variety of food plants we grow.


Propagation:
Seeds etc:
I've planted a selection of seeds after collecting them for my course. It will be interesting to note any difference in germination rates as I had to use two different seed raising media. I chose my homemade one and a commercial brand.
The first in a Garlic trial I'm conducting...
A few bulbs of Red Shallots into the Kitchen Garden Pathside Edge Bed.

Potting up and Planting out:
Potted on some of my new herbs! See below for list.
Cabbages 'Purple Flowered Choy' and 'Red Choi' were planted in the Dog Pen Garden Bed under the curtains.
Some Silverbeet seedlings were planted near them.
Potted on a punnet of Sorrel Seedlings into individual celled punnets.
Into Wicking Bed 1 in the Main Vegetable Garden;
Planted out Broccoli Green Goliath seedlings when the weather cooled.
Celery Kintsai (Soup Celery)
Lettuces and Beetroot for a small greens picking bed in one corner.
All the new plantings were watered in with a very diluted Rainwater/Seasol mixture.

Top: Planting into Wicking Bed 1
Bottom left: Cabbage seedlings
Bottom right: Sorrel seedlings ready for potting on.

Cuttings/Division:

Made a cutting from a piece of broken stem on the Muntries plant I bought.
Divided up the Pennyroyal and Brahmi.

The new Herbs are divided and potted on.

Purchase:

11 new herbs/bushfoods (I now have access to a friend's Cottage Herbs shop list! Thank you!)
Brahmi - Bacopa monnieri info link
Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium
Pineapple mint
Scented Pelagoniums - Orange and Lemon Supreme 'Marble Grey'
Thyme - Russian Thymus nitidus and Golden Thymus serphyllum 'Aureum'
Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis info link
Muntries Kunzea pomifera info link
Native Hibiscus Hibiscus heterophyllus info link
Wild Basil Ocimum americanum info link

New in the Garden This week:
Apart from all the new herbs etc.
Doc's been buying me presents again! This time we saw a garden cart on special so he got one for me...he even put it together with minimal complaint! Thank you Doc!

Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Tomato Italian Heirloom***98g
Tomato Tigerella***404g
Apple Red Fuji***700g
Black Sultana Grapes***100g
Pears William***460g
Zucchini Black***606g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for stirfries/salads...Beetroot leaves, Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Gotu Kola.

Plus 12 Eggs from the girls.

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