Monday, 7 September 2009

Still Planting Seeds

Scarecrow's Log: 06:09:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.5C
Lowest Max 13C
Highest Max 20C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

Signs of spring with warm days but still chilly mornings.
Otherwise lots of seed planting!
And lots of weeding!!!!
In the photo left to right top: Peach Blossom, Romanesco Broccoli, Spring Stars (Ipheion uniflorum), Plum Blossom
Bottom: Euryops pectinatus, Arctotis, Lachenalias, Acacia acinacea

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil - Ocimum basilicum - Lettuce Leaf
Capsicums - Red Bell Pepper - Capsicum annum from Kaff on ALS
Chamomile Dyers - Anthemis tinctoria
Cucumber - Cucumis sativus - GreenGem, Marketmore, Italian Non-Acid
Echinacea purpurea
Gourds - Lagenaria siceraria - Bottle Gourd, Spoon Gourd, Speckled Swan
Grandfather's Sage - Salvia apiana
Lovage - Levisticum officinale
Malabar (Ceylon) Spinach - Green - Basella alba
Malabar Spinach - Red - Basella rubra
Pumpkin - Cucurbita moschata - Butternut from home saved seeds
Pumpkin - Cucurbita pepo - Jack Be Little from Spiral Garden Kids in the Garden pack (thank you Bel)
Pumpkin - Cucurbita maxima - Baby Blue
Queen Anne's Lace - Ammi majus
Rockmelon - Cucumis melo from home saved seeds
Tomato - Lycopersicon esculentum - Yellow Baby Pear
Water Melon - Citrullus vulgaris - Sugar Baby
Zucchini - Cucurbita pepo var melopepo - Black, Golden and Romanesco
Unless otherwise noted these seeds were purchased from either Eden Seeds or Cornucopia seeds (thanks to a voucher from Tully who now has her very own blog biggrin )
All are planted inside either in the hot house or on the propagating tray inside as the ground outside is still too cold for direct planting.

Potting up:
Capsicum Capsicum annuum Hungarian Yellow Wax.
Eggplant Solanum melangena Casper, Long Purple.
These have been moved outside to the hot house.

Planting out:

I collected yet another tub of Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) these have been planted around the Orchard Chook Run. Some along a west facing fence we are putting in to make a smaller run around the house. The aim is to add shade and give the chooks more summer protection.

Cuttings/Division:
Divided up the pot of Lime Balm Melissa officinalis 'Lime' that has started to re-sprout for spring.
Took cuttings of Midyim Berries Austromyrtus dulcis from a healthy potted plant. Info link
As we trimmed the grapevines, cuttings were taken of the Ruby Seedless, Thompson's seedless and Black Sultanas.
Cuttings taken of Loganberry and also the Bosenberry (before I removed it because it's too prickly to work with!)

New in the Garden This week:

Doc cut down the newly acquired water tanks and two have been placed under the verandah out the front. These will be turned into Wicking tank beds for salad greens and herbs.

While I was in the kitchen garden digging up the Jerusalem Artichokes I noticed the Perennial Sunflowers Helianthus maximilianii are re-sprouting.

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***288g
Broccoli Romanesco***1250g
Snow Peas ***381g
Turnip Butter***200g
Silverbeet***219g

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

Plus 28 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals and 1 from the Ginger Girls!

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