Sunday, 21 June 2009

The Winter Solstice and We Have Cackleberries Again!

Scarecrow's Log: 21:06:2009:

Ice time again!

From the article "Pagans party as winter solstice brings hope" in the Age today...
"For me (solstice) means giving thanks for what we have — shelter from the cold, a warm house, friends and celebration of good food and drink," Mr Andrew said.
Although the days will be slowly lengthening we have our coldest weather to come!
The Earth takes time to absorb the changes in heat energy received from the sun before weather is affected. This delay means the coldest weather is still to come; the coldest months in the southern hemisphere are July and August.
Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1C
Lowest Max 12.3C
Highest Max 15C
1.5mm Rain

What's happening in the garden?
We had a couple of windy days early last week and those new chooks went beserk! eek
Two flew over the fence (but did come home to roost at night) so Doc and I made the decision to move them into the 'secure cell' in the old chook run until we can settle them down.

It seems like they just begin to accept our presence and something happens to stir them up again. Of course moving them out of their house in the dark the other night really set them off. One screamed all the way to their new lodgings...I don't know what the neighbours thought but no one was game enough to say anything. wink

The Garden Group visited a members 'Scrub Block' this week...
beautiful old buildings, fantastic scenery and breathtaking views!

Potting up and on:
15x Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
7x Pink Violets Viola odorata rosea
6x Thyme Thymus vulgaris
6x Lavender Munstead Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
3x Acacia victoriae AKA Prickly Wattle, Gundabluey, Bramble Wattle, Elegant Wattle...(I think the name Gundabluey is my favourite!)
6x New Zealand Spinach Warrigal Greens Tetragonia tetragonioides
9x Felicia amelloides Variegated

Popped several cuttings of Feijoa Feijoa sellowiana in a pot after Doc 'pruned' a branch off for easier access into the old chook run!
Removed a few (8) Pizza Thyme Thymus nummularius pieces from their big pot for planting up into smaller pots. These are to go into a new Pizza Herb Garden I'm planning for the Cob Oven area this spring.


For the Planting module of my course this week I needed to plant out 10 plants from pots and 3 bare rooted trees. So we have some new fruit trees and their companions as well as a few new natives in the front garden.

I have to photograph every step of the way as a record for the course and The Black Ninja was there to supervise of course! Or maybe she was just enjoying the winter sunshine! wink

New in the Garden This week:

3 new fruit trees:
Apple Pink Lady (late fruiting)
Nectarine Goldmine
Peach Elberta

The soil temperatures are very low at the moment and this little Legless Lizard wasn't impressed when I disturbed his slumber while I was digging the planting I found him a nice warm rock to live under instead.

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.
Jerusalem Artichoke***3175g Some went at the markets.
Lemons***7950g Juiced for cordial and freezing.

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley, Soup Celery, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

The Cackleberries!
At last!!!! 3 Eggs from the Ginger Girls.
It's great to hear them Cackling again! mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen


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