Monday, 24 August 2009

Changeable Weather

Scarecrow's Log: 23:08:2009:

Lots of bees in the garden on the warmer days
...this one is enjoying the Borage flowers.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -0.2C
Lowest Max 13.5C
Highest Max 23.1C
Rainfall 5mm

What's happening in the garden?
The Strawberry Tank bed has been tidied...well butchered is probably a better word. redfaceeek
Everything has been fed and will grow back quickly enough!

I've tied up the Broad Beans in Bed1,
we have been having a lot of strong winds lately.



While Doc was inspecting his Cherry tree he thought he noticed something black in the capsicum shelter...it was a sunny day and The Black Ninja had found the warmest spot in the garden again...

...until she came to help me
with the tomatoes in the hothouse. wink

Propagation:
Potting up and Planting out:

All of the tuber plants (and the comfrey cuttings) from last weeks Green Harvest order have been planted into pots to be kept in the hothouse until the soil warms up in spring. They are covered with plastic on frosty nights to keep them warm.
Potted up Variegated Elberberry Sambucus nigra var. Variegata cuttings.

The new Tomato seedlings have been divided up
and placed individually into their new little cell punnets.
27 Grosse Lisse
19 Silvery Fir Tree
16 Black Cherry
15 Roma.

Cuttings/Division:
Cuttings taken of Thornless Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
Divided a pot of variegated Applemint Mentha suaveolens var. variegatum

New in the Garden This week:

New order of plants arrived from Greenpatch Organic Seeds:
Sweet Potato Ipomea batatas (cuttings) These are grown as annuals and are frost sensitive. They have been potted up and will remain in the hothouse until it is warm enough to plant them outside. They need fertile well drained soil kept moist but not wet. From past experience growing these they will need a shade cover during our hottest days. I shall see how many of these grow and test plant them around the garden in an effort to find the best growing area for them.
Three forms of Bambusa multiplex (Clump forming Bamboo)-
Alphonse Karr described as growing to 3 metres tall, frost tolerant, with bright yellow, striped green stems 3.5cm across.
Fern Leaf - a more decorative variety also clump forming to 3 metres tall. It's described as being hardy and frost tolerant
and one described as 'Large'- a hardy clump forming variety to 5 metres tall. Frost tolerant.
As these bamboo plants all require moist soil I'll have to plant them into areas where I can water them with grey water. They should prove to be useful plants providing canes and acting as wind breaks.

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***160g

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

Plus 5 Eggs from the Ginger girls and 15 eggs from the new Farmyard Ferals.

Those new little chooks are 'out laying' the old Ginger Girls!
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

Monday, 17 August 2009

New Girls' Eggs!

Scarecrow's Log: 16:08:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1C
Lowest Max 12.7C

Highest Max 25.8C

5.5mm Rainfall


What's happening in the garden?

The Tagasaste is in bloom and the bees are loving it!

Propagation:
Potting up:

The Pineapple Mint cuttings taken at the beginning of this month were ready to pot up...I ended up with 12 plants.
Some Daisies (pink ones and white) were potted on and tidied for sale at the weekend markets; they all sold.

Cuttings/Division:

I had to prune back the Anisodontea capensis that was hanging over the end of one of the benches...so I took a pot of cuttings from the trimmings. wink

New in the Garden This week:

Remember those Farmyard Feral Chookies...well we finally got some eggs from them...of course we have to collect them after dark. Doc is re-naming this lot The Teenage Mutant Ninja Chickens...Cowabunga Dude! lol

The Broad Beans on Bed 1 are not only flowering...

but beginning to set pods.

My latest order from Green Harvest arrived promptly after ordering...
Yacon Polymnia sonchifolia
Turmeric Curcuma domestica
Jumbo Ginger Zingiber officinalis
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
I'll be experimenting with some of these in the Wicking Worm Bed system and in the hot house!

A fellow veg growing friend gave me a few of her treasured Purple Congo potatoes to grow. I can't wait to compare these to my Blue Sapphire purple spudz this year!

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.
Broccoli Green Goliath***150g
Carrots Atomic Red***60g
Jerusalem Artichokes***1250g (all sold at the markets)
Water Chestnuts***720g

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

Plus 21 Eggs from all the girls. mrgreen

Monday, 10 August 2009

Spring Planting??

Scarecrow's Log: 09:08:2009:

With the sun out the lizards are warming themselves...
this one had to be relocated out of the way
so that Doc could continue working. wink

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2.5C
Lowest Max 13.6C
Highest Max 20C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

The Harvest of Brassicas
We've had to pick most of the Cauliflowers and Broccoli this week as the warmer day temperatures were making them start to bolt! Most of them have been blanched and popped in the freezer for use later in the year.
In their place on Bed 3 I've planted some Carrots, Parsnips and a few heirloom Beetroot seeds. This will be another trial of root crop planting in the Wicking Worm Beds. cool

The Broccoli plants in Bed 1 has been left
to harvest the side sprouts

Propagation:
Seeds:
Tomato Lycoersicon esculentum
Black Cherry - Home saved seeds
Roma - Phoenix seeds
Silvery Fir - Tree Eden Seeds
Grosse Lisse - Eden Seeds
Capsicum Capsicum annuum
Hungarian Yellow Wax - Eden Seeds
Lipstick Pimento - Eden Seeds
Eggplant Solanum melangena
Casper - Eden Seeds
Long Purple - Digger's seeds

The above were all planted 4/08/09
into heated propagation unit inside.
Temp set to 20C

Planted 9/08/09 into Bed 3 in Main Veg Garden:
Carrot Daucas carota
Chantenay Red-Cored - Eden Seeds
Parsnip Pastinaca sativa
Hollow Crown - Eden Seeds
Beetroot Beta vulgaris
Heirloom Mix - Diggers seeds

Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora - Outback Chef
Bush Tomatoes Solanun centrale (after soaking in smoke water) - Outback Chef
Native Passionfruit Capparis spinosa var nummularia from Tully in NT
Georgina's Yams from Tully in NT
Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan - Cornucopia
Strawberry Guava Yellow Psidium cattleianum var lucidum - Green Harvest
Strawberry Guava Red Psidium littorale var. longipes - Home Saved Seeds
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor - Home Saved Seeds

Planted 9/08/09 into punnets
and put into the heated propagation unit inside.

Potting up:
Cuttings of Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis

New in the Garden This week:

I've been helping Doc re-build the old hothouse to make more room and let more light in. He scrounged some great old windows from a demolition site and we bought some timber and a new sheet of clear polycarbonate sheeting for the roof. Other bits and pieces were re-used from the old structure. This will give me more space for the coming seedlings in spring.

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.
Broccoli Green Goliath***4000g
Cabbage Drumhead***1107g
Carrots Atomic Red***200g
Cauliflower Mini***2737g
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian***2500g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***150g
Celery***50g

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

Plus 17 Eggs from the girls.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Don't Wake Up Yet, Plum Tree!

Scarecrow's Log: 02:08:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.7C
Lowest Max 10.3C
Highest Max 14.6C
3mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Lots of weeding...
I'm about to harvest some nettles from the chook runs to use as mulch around the fruit trees. In preparation for this I've lightly hoed (with a claw hoe) the surface of the soil around their driplines. This will help let any rain through to the feeding roots.

I've also cleared the grass away from the pear trees as these don't like grass at their feet.
I've left some rocks there to allow some earwigs to shelter (Argh! I don't believe I wrote that eek ). Some earwigs are actually predators of the Codling Moth larvae so it's part of the natural pest control of the garden to allow a few to survive...away from the veg garden!

Propagation:
Potting on:

Potted on Parsley seedlings and cuttings of Sage.

Some Ida Gold Tomato seedlings that where planted back on 6 April 09.
Read about the results of that seed trial here.

I noticed that these little seedlings were still alive in the hot house recently. Three seedlings that I had potted on earlier are growing well, flowering and just setting fruit! eekmrgreeneek
This will give me a head start on the Tomato season this year.

Ida Gold Tomato seedlings
complete with the first tomato of the year!(circled)

Planting out:
Planted out some Silverbeet/Rainbow Chard and some Red Onion seedlings into the keyhole bed in the dog pen.

New Rainbow Chard seedling
complete with Almond Blossom mulch!

Cuttings/Division:
Cuttings taken of Pineapple Mint, Pennyroyal, Scented Pelargoniums (Orange and Lemon) Greek Sage and dug up some Common Mint from the garden.

New in the Garden This week:

The first Plum flowers...I don't think this is good! neutral
The plum trees don't usually flower until September and I'm fairly sure we still have quite a few frosts to come! I wonder if I can tell the tree to go back to sleep. confused

Lots of lettuces popping up everywhere this year
because of the wet(ish) winter we've had.

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.
Broccoli Green Goliath***994g
Carrots Atomic Red***294g

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

Plus 17 Eggs from the girls.

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