Sunday, 1 November 2009

Bugs to the Rescue...Yet Again!

Scarecrow's Log: 1:11:2009:

Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa is flowering,
when it's finished I shall prune the plants back hard for shape.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 4.9C

Lowest Max 19.8C

Highest Max 36C

No Recorded Rainfall


What's happening in the garden?


The Loganberries are setting fruit but with the arrival of the hot weather we've put the shadecloth cover over the bed...that black thing is the solar panel for the light in The Black Ninja's house rolleyes...the Strawberries on the ground (also ripening, yummy!) will benefit from the shade too.

The Berry Bed's living mulch of Red Clover was flowering.
This has now been cut as mulch for the berry plants!

We are under attack!! Well not us really but those nasty aphids that had invaded the Celery. Tiny wasps, Hoverflies and mostly Ladybirds/bugs have moved in to rescue us (well, that is, the celery). cool

...and even some tiny baby Ladybirds too! biggrin

After rescuing a couple of ladybirds from a bucket of water in the heat today I decided to make them a drinking tray with rocks in so that they are able to climb out!

Hoverflies love plants with tiny flowers
like this Yarrow Achillea millefolium.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Pumpkin Kakai a hull-free seeded variety
Beans Red Lima sown directly, into Tank Bed a
Beans Blue Lake sown directly, on the edge of Bed 3

Potting up and Planting out:

Potted up over 150 Old Man Saltbush Atriplex nummularia seedlings that had been donated to our town's Community Garden for a much needed windbreak.

Pumpkin Baby Blue seedlings planted into Bed 5

New in the Garden This week:
The Ginger Girls have been moved to their old run at the back of our house-block. We had a phone call from the chicken breeder this week to say our new chicks will be ready with in a month. These will be Barnevelders and Faverolles and we need to clean out the Orchard run and house ready for their arrival.

...and I thought I'd harvested all those Jerusalem Artichokes
but here they come again!!
I'll thin them out and get another crop! razz

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***147g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***2999g
Broad Beans***337g
Peas Blue Bantam Dwarf***490g
Tomato Ida Gold***57g
Strawberries***57g plus some tested for ripeness! wink

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

Eggs
27 from the Farmyard Ferals
11 from The Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

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