Monday, 28 December 2009

Last Garden Log for 2009

Scarecrow's Log: 27:12:2009:

The Cherries have been eaten, dried
and frozen for future use!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8C
Lowest Max 26.2C
Highest Max 39C
0.5mm Rain

What's happening in the garden?

Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium is flowering. It's sad that it apparently repels bees. So I don't plant it where I want the bees to help with pollination!

Some of Doc's Gourds have been attacked by slaters! On a recent Gardening Australia Josh Byrne said to try putting pots (with the bottoms cut out) over the seedlings to protect them. So I did! mrgreen It's working so far.
Read more hints from Josh in this Fact Sheet.

A few of the Blue Lake Beans
are climbing up the mesh cover on Bed 3
and are starting to flower!

Cucumber Green Gem
Tomato Burnley Bounty
These went into small pots
Gourds Dancing/Spinning (to replace the ones the slaters ate)
Beans Purple King top up planting in Bed 1
Zucchini Black (replacements for seedlings the grasshoppers ate!)
Beans Soy Centaur
Sweetcorn Anasazi
These went into the Wicking beds in the Dog Pen Garden

Planting out:
Alpine Strawberries Fragaria vesca
Warrigal Greens Tetragonia tetragonoides
Jerusalem Artichokes Helianthus tuberosus
Nectarine tree (seedling)
These went into the Almond area which has been tidied and mulched.
Spinach - Ceylon/Malabar Basella rubra on the sides of the beds in the Main Veg Garden to allow it to climb up the arches
Yacon Polymnia sonchifolia planted in the Kitchen Garden
Silverbeet 'Rainbow Chard' and Lettuce 'Freckles' seedlings into topped up Wicking boxes on one of the propagation benches.

Dusty Miller while I was hacking (ooops I mean pruning) it back! wink

New in the Garden This week:

Not in my garden but we had a surprise in the morning of Christmas Eve with a phone call to say the council would meet us at the Community Garden site to start the Earthworks! When Doc and I arrived we found a couple of visitors already there. Two ponies had escaped from the next paddock...just as well we haven't planted anything yet! eek

Mr Council Worker made a great start on levelling out and shaping the block!
Thank you!

While there we found a few critters in/on the soil nearby!
Please click on the photos to see
the spider (one of the many) and mantis we found.

The new chicks are growing fast
and still love their greens!

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.
Carrot Chantenay Red-cored***129g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***164g

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

9 from the Farmyard Ferals
3 from the Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE


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