Monday, 14 September 2009

Red Dust Wind

Scarecrow's Log: 13:09:2009:

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either
imagination or a headache.

~Catherine the Great~

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 30.5C
1mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
The weather was crazy again this week! Two morning frosts down to -2C followed by very windy days (peaking at 80km/hr) with temperatures up around 30C.
The wind brought thick red dust! sadsadsad


Propagation:
Seeds:
Acacia decurrens Black Wattle
Acacia dealbata Silver Wattle
Albizia julibrissin Pink Silk Tree
Cajuns cajan Pigeon Pea (a re-planting coz the first lot rotted)
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant (Mealy) Saltbush

Potting up:
I potted up some of the Tomato seedlings:
7 Roma, 11 Grosse Lisse, 11 Silvery Fir Tree, 8 Black Cherry.
Potted on 6 Felicia amelloides Variegated into bigger pots.

Planting out:

Planted out 12 Kennebec Potatoes into the Wicking bed in the Almond area. As the broad Beans are still growing in this bed and I didn't want to disturb the soil (and the wormies) too much, I used a bulb planter to make a hole in the soil and popped the potato in.
As the potatoes start to grow I will mound them up and use the bean trash as mulch later on. The beans should also protect the newly emerging potatoes from frost too.

Cuttings/Division:
A friend from the markets stopped us down the street the other day and told us to pop around to her house and get some purple violets...her husband was weeding them from the garden and she had promised to let us have some. We arrived in time and came away with a bucketful of plants to pot up. Thanks folks!

New in the Garden This week:



With the first of the Asparagus beginning to sprout I've put some chook scratching guards over the ones in the chook run. I thought about removing the asparagus from the chook run but the girls appreciate the shade the plants give during summer.

The seedlings are all growing well in the hothouse...

...and the Ida Gold Tomatoes are beginning to ripen!!
These little bush growing cherry tomatoes
are great in pots or tubs
and are proving to be very hardy.
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

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***240g
Carrots Atomic Red***250g
Celery***200g
Silverbeet***198g

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 5 Eggs from the Ginger Girls and 28 from the Farmyard Ferals.

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