Monday, 19 October 2009

From Winter to Summer in One Week

Scarecrow's Log: 18:10:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1.8C
Lowest Max 13.2C
Highest Max 20C
27.5mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Rain was falling most of last week but it seems that might be all for the next month with only a chance of rain this coming weekend and then nothing more on the 28 day chart!
Temps are on their way up now and I shall have to dust off the shade covers if summer arrives early!

Propagation:

Seedlings ready for potting-on!

On Market day this weekend many seedlings were sold so that has given me some room in the hothouse for more potting-on this week!

I'm getting ready for planting the Tomatoes later this week. I should have been hardening-off the seedlings last week but it was too windy, wet and cold.
So this coming week they will be out in the sun during the day for lengthening times until by the time they are planted they have spent a couple of full days and nights outside.

This week, in usual style, our temps are heading into the 30Cs so hopefully the frosts have ended!

Potting up and Planting out:

I did plant 3 Golden Zucchini plants into the Tank bed where the Capsicum has over wintered (and is sprouting back to life)...it has a plastic cover over it which I will be removing as the temps rise this week.

Division:
A few Garlic Chives.

New in the Garden This week:

Those Nasturtiums in the Kitchen Garden
have been trimmed back
after just about smothering the Rosemary Hedge...

and the Rosemary by the pond (and the pond too)...

but they are pretty!

The Angela's Blue Climbing Peas are flowering...

and setting purple pods! eek

The Pathside Edge Picking Bed (note the encroaching Nasturtiums from the other side of the pathway before they were cut back!) in the Kitchen Garden is looking great this year with it's mainly Onion and Garlic crops growing well.

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.
Asparagus***420g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***150g
Carrots Atomic Red***130g
Celery***300g

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

Plus 29 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals and 7 from the Ginger Girls...even Sweet Old Blackie (at 13 years) produced an egg this week! (Luckydog got that one!)

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