Monday, 3 August 2009

Don't Wake Up Yet, Plum Tree!

Scarecrow's Log: 02:08:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.7C
Lowest Max 10.3C
Highest Max 14.6C
3mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Lots of weeding...
I'm about to harvest some nettles from the chook runs to use as mulch around the fruit trees. In preparation for this I've lightly hoed (with a claw hoe) the surface of the soil around their driplines. This will help let any rain through to the feeding roots.

I've also cleared the grass away from the pear trees as these don't like grass at their feet.
I've left some rocks there to allow some earwigs to shelter (Argh! I don't believe I wrote that eek ). Some earwigs are actually predators of the Codling Moth larvae so it's part of the natural pest control of the garden to allow a few to survive...away from the veg garden!

Potting on:

Potted on Parsley seedlings and cuttings of Sage.

Some Ida Gold Tomato seedlings that where planted back on 6 April 09.
Read about the results of that seed trial here.

I noticed that these little seedlings were still alive in the hot house recently. Three seedlings that I had potted on earlier are growing well, flowering and just setting fruit! eekmrgreeneek
This will give me a head start on the Tomato season this year.

Ida Gold Tomato seedlings
complete with the first tomato of the year!(circled)

Planting out:
Planted out some Silverbeet/Rainbow Chard and some Red Onion seedlings into the keyhole bed in the dog pen.

New Rainbow Chard seedling
complete with Almond Blossom mulch!

Cuttings taken of Pineapple Mint, Pennyroyal, Scented Pelargoniums (Orange and Lemon) Greek Sage and dug up some Common Mint from the garden.

New in the Garden This week:

The first Plum flowers...I don't think this is good! neutral
The plum trees don't usually flower until September and I'm fairly sure we still have quite a few frosts to come! I wonder if I can tell the tree to go back to sleep. confused

Lots of lettuces popping up everywhere this year
because of the wet(ish) winter we've had.

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.
Broccoli Green Goliath***994g
Carrots Atomic Red***294g

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

Plus 17 Eggs from the girls.


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