Monday, 4 May 2009

Cool Autumn Days

Scarecrow's Log: 03:05:2009:

Picked the usable sized capsicums before any frosts,
these have been chopped up and popped in the freezer.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 3.1C
Lowest Max 15.2C
Highest Max 19.5C
7mm Rain

What's happening in the garden?

Ripening Lemons!
These will be going to make Lemon Cordial as they ripen.

No frost yet but several chilly foggy mornings to enjoy!
Discovering a few volunteers from the rain...will have to wait for some more growth on a few to see just what they are.

Beautiful new growth on the Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
...it's living in the hothouse for now.

A couple of Carob trees are flowering...now I get to find out which of these seedling trees are females and will produce a crop and male which I hope are on the other side of the garden coz they smell when in flower! confused

The Rhubarb that was moved
from the new chicken run has settled well
through the summer.

The Trees For Life are waiting to be collected.

Propagation:
Seeds Planted
Mesclun Mild Mix from Eden Seeds
A mix a of salad greens usually including lettuces Cos, Purple Oakleaf, Red Coral also Red Orach, Red Raddiccio, Tatsoi and Mizuna which makes for a great Salad Wicking Box
Silverbeet Rainbow Chard from Eden Seeds
Parsley Curled from DT Brown seeds
Lettuce 'Marvel of 4 Seasons' from Green Harvest
More of the...
Cabbage 'Red Choi' F1
and 'Purple Flowered Choy' from Green Harvest
and a new legume to try...
Lotus Sunrise Lotus pendunculatus from Green Harvest
"A prostrate perennial forage legume with attractive yellow flowers; it is summer and autumn active. It tolerates wet, acid and infertile soil and it requires a min. annual rainfall 600 mm. It is shade tolerant which makes it useful in established orchards. In temperate areas sow March-May or August-October; in subtropical areas sow May-July."
I've planted it with it's inoculate and will need to keep this one irrigated here but we shall see how it goes.

Potting up and Planting out:
Cuttings/Division:

The cuttings that were taken in early April have gone very well. I've sent off my report on their progress...now I can pot some of them up. Most have good root development and the others look like they will still take soon. It was an interesting exercise to watch the how the roots developed on these plants.

New in the Garden This week:



Not in the garden but on our trip south this weekend we discovered a new wind farm being built quite close to the main highway. Made for some beautiful sunset shots! smile

Picked up a Loquat Eriobotrya japonica tree last week.
Link for info

The first flowers of the Roi de Carouby Snow Peas.


Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Capsicum King of the North***801g
Carrots Atomic Red***130g
Celery Kintsai (Soup Celery)***70g
Pumpkin Jumbo Pink Banana***2250g
Tomato Ida Gold***267g
Tomato Italian Heirloom***385g
Tomato Tigerella***237g
Turnip Golden***75g
Apples Golden Delicious***900g
Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Soup Celery, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

Plus 6 Eggs from the girls.

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