Sunday, 4 October 2009

Real Duck Weather

Scarecrow's Log: 04:10:2009:

The ducks around town loved the rain this week!

At a local park...

Any puddle will do...

But no ducks in our driveway puddles!

Temperatures this week:

Lowest Min 0.6C
Lowest Max 12.8C
Highest Max 27C
28.5mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Lots of new growth with the rain...

The overgrown Strawberry Tank bed...

...that was 'tidied' (or butchered wink)
back on 19 Aug 09...

...has put on new growth
and there are flowers on the Strawberries! biggrin

The Rosemary hedge around the Kitchen Garden
is looking smart with it's new growth.

Potting up:
Basil Genovese Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' 24 in a cell tray, 3 punnets, 5 pots
Basil Lettuce Leaf Ocimum basilicum 5 pots, 2 punnets
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens 5 into a cell tray
Chamomile Dyers Anthemis tinctoria 4 pots
Cosmos Sunny Yellow Cosmos bipinnatus 1 punnet
Cucumber Cucumis sativus Italian Non-Acid the only 1 that came up!
Sage Grandfather's Salvia apiana 7 pots
Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum Yellow Baby Pear 20 into a cell tray
Tooth Ache Plant Spilanthes acmella 6 pots
Valerian Valerian officinalis 2 punnets
Zinnia Zinnia elegans 11 into loo rolls
Zucchini - Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo
Black 6 into pots
Golden 6 in pots and 1 punnet
Romanesco 7 into pots

The Basil Genovese seedlings
(with Cosmos in front) potted up.

Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla
Pink Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum frutescens
Sage Purple Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Sage Golden Salvia officinalis aurea
Scented Geraniums/Pelargoniums -
  • Lemon Pelargonium crispum
  • Orange Pelargonium citrosum
  • Nutmeg Pelargonium fragrans
Silver Lace/Feather Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum

Chives Allium schoenoprasum
French Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus sativa
Native Violet Viola hederacea
Society Garlic Variegated Tulbaghia violacea 'Variegata'

New in the Garden This week:
I'm waiting impatiently to plant out the spring veg! With morning temps still down around 0C all next week it won't be happening any time soon.
Mid October is usually my planting-out time but I'm ready to wait longer if necessary. The soil will be too cold for any significant growth while the night temps are so low. The seedlings are happy enough in the hot house...but it's getting a bit crowded in there!

Early growth on the tuber plants...
the Yacon Polymnia sonchifolia
is well on it's way ready for
planting in the garden soon.

The Ida Gold Cherry Tomatoes are ripening.

Outside in the garden
the Blue Bantam Dwarf Peas,
in Tank Bed C, are setting pods.

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.
No weighing this week, we've been busy and eating out of the freezer after last weekend's 'cook-up'.

Plus 1 Egg from the Ginger Girls (who don't like rain rolleyes) and 22 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals.


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