Monday, 27 April 2009

Will the Rain Bring Winter?

Scarecrow's Log: 26:04:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 6.2C
Highest Max 25C
Lowest Max 11.7C
Rain 26mm
Frosts are on the 7 day forecast!
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What's happening in the garden?

It's raining!
Lots of growth!

The Greens Picking Corner on Bed 1
has put on amazing growth with the rain.

The Broad Beans are up and the Broccoli's growing well!

Worried that all this green growth would mean no roots on the Turnips in Bed 2, I took a sneaky peak and it looks like they are growing well. I'll start picking these at about tennis ball size so they are about half size already.

The Drumhead Cabbages are forming firm heads on Bed 3

See the latest update for the Garlic Trial Here

Propagation:



Took about 26 runners off the Strawberry Tank Bed and popped them into loose potting-on mixture in a Styrofoam box. Looks like new strawberry bed for next year. I have a couple of old tanks earmarked for this. wink

Dug up volunteer Warrigal Greens Tetragonia tetragonoides that were popping up in the Herb Spiral...I shall be keeping a look out for all sorts of volunteer seedlings now this rain has come!

The seed and cutting trials I'm monitoring for my course are all going well...some of those cuttings are showing roots already!

New in the Garden This week:
Nothing new this week except for the RAIN!!! mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen


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***60g
Celery Kintsai (Soup Celery)***65g
Jerusalem Artichokes***1218g (that was one plant)
Shallots Red***435g
Silverbeet***65g
Tomato Ida Gold***150g
Apples Golden Delicious***2230g
Strawberry Guava***40g yummy!

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Soup Celery, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

Plus 8 Eggs from the girls.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Rain! Maybe...

Scarecrow's Log: 19:04:2009:

Society Garlic in flower

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1.3C
Highest Max 28C
Lowest Max 19.5C
No Recorded Rainfall
(but they reckon we've got some on it's way this week!!!)

What's happening in the garden?

The first sproutings of Garlic were noticed early in the week and each planting now has at least one clove growing. Follow the Updates Here

I've updated the growth in the Main Veg Garden Wicking beds here

I've cleared the two Wicking Beds in the Dog Pen Garden and topped them up with with mushroom compost, soaked coir, sheep manure and a mixture of Fecondo, blood and bone and dolomite. A thin top layer of sandy loam and a good mulch layer of organic sugar cane mulch will go on top ready for rain this week!!!
The chances have actually increased to 90% chance of 10-20mm and more!
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

Propagation:
Cuttings:
Thornless Blackberries
Loganberry
Boysenberry
Strawberry Guava
Jostaberry
Put into the hothouse and regularly misted.
More Pink Violet cuttings taken

Potting up and Planting out:
Potted on
Pink Violet
Gazanias
Chrysanthemum seedlings

New in the Garden This week:
We bought some bags of lovely old Sheep Manure at the markets this week!
Doc's new little storage shed is up...including it's concrete base!

Not so welcome is the appearance of these little guys on the back Grape vines. Only 6 that were quickly dispatched (squashed). They are Vine Moth caterpillars Phalaenoides glycinae and do little damage at this time of the year when the leaves are about to fall. However, I don't want to let them breed up too much as they can cause serious damage in early Spring when the new shoots are just appearing. evil


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 Atomic Red***255g
Jerusalem Artichokes***90g
Potato Pontiac***3360g
Tomato Italian Heirloom***280g
Tomato Tigerella***200g
Apple Red Fuji***500g
Apple Golden Delicious***250g
Pears William***1631g
Strawberry***20g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Soup Celery, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

Plus 7 Eggs from the girls.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Podcasts

I've been downloading a few podcasts lately...they are handy for loading on to my little mp3 player and listening to in the evenings. I've tried listening out in the garden but I miss the sounds of the birds too much. You can listen on line or download the files to hear later on your computer.

A regular last year was Emma Cooper's Alternative Kitchen Garden she's been really busy this year but all the old 'shows' are on her site to download or listen to. Emma loves growing unusual food crops and I love hearing the latest antics of her two chooks Hen Solo and Princess Layer.

The Survival Podcast has some thought provoking topics at times. The Garden tag has some episodes with helpful tips for growing your own food, collecting rainwater and generally storing food.
Jack's Tag-line is "Helping You Live The Life You Want, If Times Get Tough, Or Even If They Don't"



Global Public Media have a collection of podcasts and videos relating to Post Carbon issues including a selection from Peak Moment TV found here that are available as audio downloads.
The site has transcripts of several of their shows here


Us Aussies can't overlook a local...Dig It Down Under is a monthly podcast by Riley Jordan in Victoria. While it's mostly general gardening she is developing a thriving vegetable garden.
This link is the archive of the past 9 shows. Riley does have a warning on the page though that the files can be up to 50mb so be warned!

For a fun listen why not try the very English Wiggly Wigglers Podcast live from the Wiggly Sofa. Yes very English in content but they do explore some great wildlife issues...and they love their worms!
Check them out here Their show's archive goes way back to 2005!

Staying in the UK why not check out Radio Scotland's...Scotland's Gardens...way out of my climate zone but interesting discussions on Berries and Apples and all sorts of garden topics.
If you enjoy that one it might pay to subscribe to it as they don't seem to have an archive of their shows.


Still overseas but this time in Canada one show I've been listening to for some time now is Deconstructing Dinner.
They have a long list of quite serious topics they've covered and all the shows are archived. Everything from Backyard Chickens to GMOs are covered in this weekly show.


For folks in SA The ABC Radio's Saturday Morning Talkback Gardening Show with Jon Lamb and Ashley Walsh is often interesting. The final hour each Saturday is recorded and is available to download. Subscribe on this link

While we're at the Adelaide ABC, the Tuesday Drive Show include a weekly spot on Beginner Veg Gardening this year with Sophie Thomson. You can download audio files from the blog here. Grant Cameron often has special guests speaking about Veg Gardening on Tuesday afternoons.


On this link you'll find an interesting collection of files to download from The 4th Annual Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Conference, held in Melbourne, Victoria, March 20 - 25, 2007.
Such speakers as Jackie French, Michel & Jude Fanton, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Dr. Vandana Shiva and David Holmgren are there, with many others, for some very interesting listening.
**Update 9/09: This podcast is no longer available! cry

I'm sure you'll find something on that list worth listening to...have fun! smile

Zombie Chickens???

I've recently been presented with an award. eek
What can I say...except thank you Phelan from A Homesteading Neophyte.

Mmm I'm not normally 'into' this sort of thing but I can't risk this happening...
"Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens
by choosing unwiselyor not choosing at all..."

Eeek! eekeekeek


"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."

OK so I'll choose 5 great blogs that I think will appreciate the humour (I hope!) wink
Hope Farm Journal
My Veggie Garden
Cosmic Garden
Down on the Allotment
Judy’s Square Foot Garden Blog

Gee do I have to stop at 5? razz
I could go on with this one.
So sorry if I've missed your blog this time! smile

Monday, 13 April 2009

Ripe Fruit and Taking Cuttings.

Scarecrow's Log: 12:04:2009:

Just ripening Strawberry Guava

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 3.5C

Lowest Max 18.1C
Highest Max 27C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?



Ripening fruit! Golden Delicious and Red Fuji Apples.



Lots of Pumpkins - Queensland Blue and Butterbone...



...even a couple of Bottle Gourds.

Last of the Nasturtiums are blooming.

I've cleaned out the small hot house
and put that new shelf unit inside to keep it warmer.
Night temps are dropping fast and frosts are just around the corner.
I've taken a lot of cuttings and need to keep them warm.

Propagation:
Seeds etc:

Broad Beans - Peruvian Emerald from SSN planted in Bed 1 Main Veg Garden.
Second and Third plantings in the Garlic trial...see update here

Potting up and Planting out:
Potted on cuttings of Sage and White Daisies.
Potted on seedlings;
Kangaroo Apple Solanum aviculare
Kale - Squire and Moreton's Mixed.

Cuttings/Division:
Put a few runners from the Alpine Strawberries Fragaria vesca into pots.
Dug up some Oregano and potted it up.

This week's activity for my course was to take cuttings from 10 different plants:
Euryops pectinatus - Yellow Daisy
Helichrysum italicum - Curry Bush
Artemisia pontica - Roman Wormwood
Correa alba - White Correa
Tanacetum parthenium - Feverfew
Cistus ladanifer - White Rock Rose
Salvia officinalis - Sage
Convolvulus cneorum - Silverbush
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Pink' - Pink Rosemary
Coleonema pulchrum 'Aurea' - Golden Diosma

New in the Garden This week:
Strawberry Guava Psidium littorale var. longipes are ripe! The first time they have fruited!
The first tastes are delicious! mrgreen


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.

Tomato Ida Gold***233g
Tomato Italian Heirloom***80g
Tomato Tigerella***257g
Pear William***386g
Apples Golden Delicious***512g
Apples Granny Smith***327g
Apples Red Fuji***250g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Beetroot Leaves, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Gotu Kola.

Plus 7 Eggs from the girls.

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