Monday, 10 August 2009

Spring Planting??

Scarecrow's Log: 09:08:2009:

With the sun out the lizards are warming themselves...
this one had to be relocated out of the way
so that Doc could continue working. wink

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2.5C
Lowest Max 13.6C
Highest Max 20C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

The Harvest of Brassicas
We've had to pick most of the Cauliflowers and Broccoli this week as the warmer day temperatures were making them start to bolt! Most of them have been blanched and popped in the freezer for use later in the year.
In their place on Bed 3 I've planted some Carrots, Parsnips and a few heirloom Beetroot seeds. This will be another trial of root crop planting in the Wicking Worm Beds. cool

The Broccoli plants in Bed 1 has been left
to harvest the side sprouts

Tomato Lycoersicon esculentum
Black Cherry - Home saved seeds
Roma - Phoenix seeds
Silvery Fir - Tree Eden Seeds
Grosse Lisse - Eden Seeds
Capsicum Capsicum annuum
Hungarian Yellow Wax - Eden Seeds
Lipstick Pimento - Eden Seeds
Eggplant Solanum melangena
Casper - Eden Seeds
Long Purple - Digger's seeds

The above were all planted 4/08/09
into heated propagation unit inside.
Temp set to 20C

Planted 9/08/09 into Bed 3 in Main Veg Garden:
Carrot Daucas carota
Chantenay Red-Cored - Eden Seeds
Parsnip Pastinaca sativa
Hollow Crown - Eden Seeds
Beetroot Beta vulgaris
Heirloom Mix - Diggers seeds

Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora - Outback Chef
Bush Tomatoes Solanun centrale (after soaking in smoke water) - Outback Chef
Native Passionfruit Capparis spinosa var nummularia from Tully in NT
Georgina's Yams from Tully in NT
Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan - Cornucopia
Strawberry Guava Yellow Psidium cattleianum var lucidum - Green Harvest
Strawberry Guava Red Psidium littorale var. longipes - Home Saved Seeds
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor - Home Saved Seeds

Planted 9/08/09 into punnets
and put into the heated propagation unit inside.

Potting up:
Cuttings of Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis

New in the Garden This week:

I've been helping Doc re-build the old hothouse to make more room and let more light in. He scrounged some great old windows from a demolition site and we bought some timber and a new sheet of clear polycarbonate sheeting for the roof. Other bits and pieces were re-used from the old structure. This will give me more space for the coming seedlings in spring.

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***4000g
Cabbage Drumhead***1107g
Carrots Atomic Red***200g
Cauliflower Mini***2737g
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian***2500g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***150g

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

Plus 17 Eggs from the girls.


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