Monday, 21 September 2009

Flowers Everywhere!

Scarecrow's Log: 20:09:2009:

It's time for the cherry tree to bloom!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2.3C
Lowest Max 15.6C
Highest Max 25.6C
13mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

The Broad Beans (Peruvian Emerald) in Bed 1 are setting many pods. I nipped off the top growth of each plant recently and now the plants can put all of their energy into making beans and not just flowers!

The Blue Bantam Dwarf Peas in the Tank Bed C
now have a plastic trellis to climb on
and are starting to flower.

Surprise, surprise tiny Ida Gold Tomato seedlings
are popping up in the Tank bed!

In the Kitchen Garden the Nasturtiums
have survived the winter and are now flowering.

The Pond Edge flowering bed
is covered with bright daisy flowers...
...the bees and beneficial insects are everywhere.

Rock Rose, Californian Poppy,
Iris and Pink Evening Primrose,
are all in flower now.

Propagation:
Seeds:

More seeds of Carrot Chantenay Red-Cored
and Parsnips Hollow Crown
have gone into Bed 3
Seedlings from the earlier planting
are up and growing. See insets.

Potting on and tidied up:
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
Yellow Daisy Euryops pectinatus
Pink Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 'Pink'
Felicia amelloides Variegated
Pink Violets Viola odorata rosea
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
Ready for the markets

Planting out:
Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
Muntries Kunzea pomifera
Native Hibiscus Hibiscus heterophyllus
In the Bushfood Bed

Cuttings/Division:
Took some cuttings from some Gazanias we dug up from a friends driveway.
Wormwood Artemisia arborescens to give to the same friends for their chicken run.
Moroccan Mint Mentha spicata 'Moroccan Mint'
Egyptian Mint Mentha niliaca

New in the Garden This week:

First fruits are setting on the Apricots and Plums.
They are hanging on despite the winds storms
we are experiencing this year.

The Pear trees are in full bloom
and the Apples are just beginning to flower.

The Grapevines are in leaf
and showing signs of flowering.

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***124g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***150g
Broccoli***200g
Jerusalem Artichokes***1200g (sold at the markets)
Water Chestnuts***250g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Lebanese Cress, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley, Beetroot Greens.

Plus 5 Eggs from the Ginger Girls and 29 from the Farmyard Ferals.

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