Monday, 24 August 2009

Changeable Weather

Scarecrow's Log: 23:08:2009:

Lots of bees in the garden on the warmer days
...this one is enjoying the Borage flowers.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -0.2C
Lowest Max 13.5C
Highest Max 23.1C
Rainfall 5mm

What's happening in the garden?
The Strawberry Tank bed has been tidied...well butchered is probably a better word. redfaceeek
Everything has been fed and will grow back quickly enough!

I've tied up the Broad Beans in Bed1,
we have been having a lot of strong winds lately.



While Doc was inspecting his Cherry tree he thought he noticed something black in the capsicum shelter...it was a sunny day and The Black Ninja had found the warmest spot in the garden again...

...until she came to help me
with the tomatoes in the hothouse. wink

Propagation:
Potting up and Planting out:

All of the tuber plants (and the comfrey cuttings) from last weeks Green Harvest order have been planted into pots to be kept in the hothouse until the soil warms up in spring. They are covered with plastic on frosty nights to keep them warm.
Potted up Variegated Elberberry Sambucus nigra var. Variegata cuttings.

The new Tomato seedlings have been divided up
and placed individually into their new little cell punnets.
27 Grosse Lisse
19 Silvery Fir Tree
16 Black Cherry
15 Roma.

Cuttings/Division:
Cuttings taken of Thornless Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
Divided a pot of variegated Applemint Mentha suaveolens var. variegatum

New in the Garden This week:

New order of plants arrived from Greenpatch Organic Seeds:
Sweet Potato Ipomea batatas (cuttings) These are grown as annuals and are frost sensitive. They have been potted up and will remain in the hothouse until it is warm enough to plant them outside. They need fertile well drained soil kept moist but not wet. From past experience growing these they will need a shade cover during our hottest days. I shall see how many of these grow and test plant them around the garden in an effort to find the best growing area for them.
Three forms of Bambusa multiplex (Clump forming Bamboo)-
Alphonse Karr described as growing to 3 metres tall, frost tolerant, with bright yellow, striped green stems 3.5cm across.
Fern Leaf - a more decorative variety also clump forming to 3 metres tall. It's described as being hardy and frost tolerant
and one described as 'Large'- a hardy clump forming variety to 5 metres tall. Frost tolerant.
As these bamboo plants all require moist soil I'll have to plant them into areas where I can water them with grey water. They should prove to be useful plants providing canes and acting as wind breaks.

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.
Carrots Atomic Red***160g

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

Plus 5 Eggs from the Ginger girls and 15 eggs from the new Farmyard Ferals.

Those new little chooks are 'out laying' the old Ginger Girls!
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