Sunday, 27 September 2009

Sandblasting...then Rain!

Scarecrow's Log: 27:09:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 2.5C
Lowest Max 10.3C
Highest Max 23.1C
55mm Rainfall


What's happening in the garden?
Horrible dust storms on Monday...

The view of the sun further north of here,
taken at 2pm by our son...



Our front garden taken at 3pm...
then we lost power until later that night.

That dust went East from here through Broken Hill see this link for a video clip...and on to the eastern seaboard see here

On Friday the wind started again, this time we missed the dust and had lots of lovely rain instead! smile

Propagation:
Seeds:
Amaranth Leaf Amaranthus gangeticus
Amaranth Grain Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Arugula Nonies Giant Eruca sativa
Basil Ocimum basilicum - Lettuce Leaf and Purple
Clover Red Trifolium pratense var. sativum
Fennel Florence Foeniculum dulce
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum
Kale Red Russian Brassica napus pabularia
Lettuce Lactuca sativa
- Rouge D'Hiver
- Marvel of 4 seasons
- Red Velvet
Phacelia tanacetifolia
Malabar Spinach Red Basella rubra a re-planting as the others aren't up yet.
Mesclun Mix
Purslane Portulaca oleracea
Willow Herb Epilobium parviflorum
A few seeds of each, planted into punnets.

New in the Garden This week:

We have started to pick some of the Red Onions
from the Wicking Bed
...only small yet but full of flavour.

The Celery is ready for picking...stem by stem,
also growing well in the Wicking Bed.
I've never had enough water
to grow celery like this before!

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.
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***150g
Broccoli Green Goliath***78g
Carrots Atomic Red***351g
Celery***552g
Onion Brown***44g
Onion Red***606g
Silverbeet***97g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Lebanese cress, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley, Beetroot Greens.

Plus 6 eggs from the Ginger Girls and 23 eggs from the Farmyard Ferals.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Flowers Everywhere!

Scarecrow's Log: 20:09:2009:

It's time for the cherry tree to bloom!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2.3C
Lowest Max 15.6C
Highest Max 25.6C
13mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

The Broad Beans (Peruvian Emerald) in Bed 1 are setting many pods. I nipped off the top growth of each plant recently and now the plants can put all of their energy into making beans and not just flowers!

The Blue Bantam Dwarf Peas in the Tank Bed C
now have a plastic trellis to climb on
and are starting to flower.

Surprise, surprise tiny Ida Gold Tomato seedlings
are popping up in the Tank bed!

In the Kitchen Garden the Nasturtiums
have survived the winter and are now flowering.

The Pond Edge flowering bed
is covered with bright daisy flowers...
...the bees and beneficial insects are everywhere.

Rock Rose, Californian Poppy,
Iris and Pink Evening Primrose,
are all in flower now.

Propagation:
Seeds:

More seeds of Carrot Chantenay Red-Cored
and Parsnips Hollow Crown
have gone into Bed 3
Seedlings from the earlier planting
are up and growing. See insets.

Potting on and tidied up:
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
Yellow Daisy Euryops pectinatus
Pink Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 'Pink'
Felicia amelloides Variegated
Pink Violets Viola odorata rosea
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
Ready for the markets

Planting out:
Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
Muntries Kunzea pomifera
Native Hibiscus Hibiscus heterophyllus
In the Bushfood Bed

Cuttings/Division:
Took some cuttings from some Gazanias we dug up from a friends driveway.
Wormwood Artemisia arborescens to give to the same friends for their chicken run.
Moroccan Mint Mentha spicata 'Moroccan Mint'
Egyptian Mint Mentha niliaca

New in the Garden This week:

First fruits are setting on the Apricots and Plums.
They are hanging on despite the winds storms
we are experiencing this year.

The Pear trees are in full bloom
and the Apples are just beginning to flower.

The Grapevines are in leaf
and showing signs of flowering.

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***124g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***150g
Broccoli***200g
Jerusalem Artichokes***1200g (sold at the markets)
Water Chestnuts***250g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Lebanese Cress, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley, Beetroot Greens.

Plus 5 Eggs from the Ginger Girls and 29 from the Farmyard Ferals.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Red Dust Wind

Scarecrow's Log: 13:09:2009:

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either
imagination or a headache.

~Catherine the Great~

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 30.5C
1mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
The weather was crazy again this week! Two morning frosts down to -2C followed by very windy days (peaking at 80km/hr) with temperatures up around 30C.
The wind brought thick red dust! sadsadsad


Propagation:
Seeds:
Acacia decurrens Black Wattle
Acacia dealbata Silver Wattle
Albizia julibrissin Pink Silk Tree
Cajuns cajan Pigeon Pea (a re-planting coz the first lot rotted)
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant (Mealy) Saltbush

Potting up:
I potted up some of the Tomato seedlings:
7 Roma, 11 Grosse Lisse, 11 Silvery Fir Tree, 8 Black Cherry.
Potted on 6 Felicia amelloides Variegated into bigger pots.

Planting out:

Planted out 12 Kennebec Potatoes into the Wicking bed in the Almond area. As the broad Beans are still growing in this bed and I didn't want to disturb the soil (and the wormies) too much, I used a bulb planter to make a hole in the soil and popped the potato in.
As the potatoes start to grow I will mound them up and use the bean trash as mulch later on. The beans should also protect the newly emerging potatoes from frost too.

Cuttings/Division:
A friend from the markets stopped us down the street the other day and told us to pop around to her house and get some purple violets...her husband was weeding them from the garden and she had promised to let us have some. We arrived in time and came away with a bucketful of plants to pot up. Thanks folks!

New in the Garden This week:



With the first of the Asparagus beginning to sprout I've put some chook scratching guards over the ones in the chook run. I thought about removing the asparagus from the chook run but the girls appreciate the shade the plants give during summer.

The seedlings are all growing well in the hothouse...

...and the Ida Gold Tomatoes are beginning to ripen!!
These little bush growing cherry tomatoes
are great in pots or tubs
and are proving to be very hardy.
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.
Broccoli Green Goliath***240g
Carrots Atomic Red***250g
Celery***200g
Silverbeet***198g

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 5 Eggs from the Ginger Girls and 28 from the Farmyard Ferals.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Still Planting Seeds

Scarecrow's Log: 06:09:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.5C
Lowest Max 13C
Highest Max 20C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

Signs of spring with warm days but still chilly mornings.
Otherwise lots of seed planting!
And lots of weeding!!!!
In the photo left to right top: Peach Blossom, Romanesco Broccoli, Spring Stars (Ipheion uniflorum), Plum Blossom
Bottom: Euryops pectinatus, Arctotis, Lachenalias, Acacia acinacea

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil - Ocimum basilicum - Lettuce Leaf
Capsicums - Red Bell Pepper - Capsicum annum from Kaff on ALS
Chamomile Dyers - Anthemis tinctoria
Cucumber - Cucumis sativus - GreenGem, Marketmore, Italian Non-Acid
Echinacea purpurea
Gourds - Lagenaria siceraria - Bottle Gourd, Spoon Gourd, Speckled Swan
Grandfather's Sage - Salvia apiana
Lovage - Levisticum officinale
Malabar (Ceylon) Spinach - Green - Basella alba
Malabar Spinach - Red - Basella rubra
Pumpkin - Cucurbita moschata - Butternut from home saved seeds
Pumpkin - Cucurbita pepo - Jack Be Little from Spiral Garden Kids in the Garden pack (thank you Bel)
Pumpkin - Cucurbita maxima - Baby Blue
Queen Anne's Lace - Ammi majus
Rockmelon - Cucumis melo from home saved seeds
Tomato - Lycopersicon esculentum - Yellow Baby Pear
Water Melon - Citrullus vulgaris - Sugar Baby
Zucchini - Cucurbita pepo var melopepo - Black, Golden and Romanesco
Unless otherwise noted these seeds were purchased from either Eden Seeds or Cornucopia seeds (thanks to a voucher from Tully who now has her very own blog biggrin )
All are planted inside either in the hot house or on the propagating tray inside as the ground outside is still too cold for direct planting.

Potting up:
Capsicum Capsicum annuum Hungarian Yellow Wax.
Eggplant Solanum melangena Casper, Long Purple.
These have been moved outside to the hot house.

Planting out:

I collected yet another tub of Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) these have been planted around the Orchard Chook Run. Some along a west facing fence we are putting in to make a smaller run around the house. The aim is to add shade and give the chooks more summer protection.

Cuttings/Division:
Divided up the pot of Lime Balm Melissa officinalis 'Lime' that has started to re-sprout for spring.
Took cuttings of Midyim Berries Austromyrtus dulcis from a healthy potted plant. Info link
As we trimmed the grapevines, cuttings were taken of the Ruby Seedless, Thompson's seedless and Black Sultanas.
Cuttings taken of Loganberry and also the Bosenberry (before I removed it because it's too prickly to work with!)

New in the Garden This week:

Doc cut down the newly acquired water tanks and two have been placed under the verandah out the front. These will be turned into Wicking tank beds for salad greens and herbs.

While I was in the kitchen garden digging up the Jerusalem Artichokes I noticed the Perennial Sunflowers Helianthus maximilianii are re-sprouting.

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***288g
Broccoli Romanesco***1250g
Snow Peas ***381g
Turnip Butter***200g
Silverbeet***219g

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

Plus 28 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals and 1 from the Ginger Girls!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

5 Farmyard Feral Eggs!!

There was a line up to the nest box this morning in the Farmyard Feral chook house.

The result...5 eggs!
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

They are all now laying which is more than can be said for the old Ginger girls...one egg today...the first for the week! eek
Since moving them back to the orchard area, to do some weeding work, the Ginger girls have decided it is a lovely retirement home and have not only decided to stop laying but they are being very slow with the weeding work too! rolleyes

The twins Milly and Molly wait patiently (not)
with Mandy, for a turn on the nest!

Miss Blackie and Sparkie were already in there.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Winter's End

Scarecrow's Log: 30:08:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.2C
Lowest Max 11.5C
Highest Max 18.5C
Rainfall 9mm


What's happening in the garden?
The weather changed back to cool for the final winter week.

At the local Permie group meeting last week, Doc gave a Cob Oven workshop! Everyone got stuck into the mud...what fun!!!

I was busy taking photos of the owners' gorgeous animals...

... including the new cria Bon Bon.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil Genovese Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' #
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens #
Caraway Carum cavi #
Chicory - Coffee Stetorium intybus magdeburg #
Coreopsis - Sunburst Coreopsis grandiflora #
Cosmos Sunny Yellow Cosmos bipinnatus #
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis #
Valerian Valerian officinalis #
Swan River Daisy Brachycome iberidifolia #
Zinnia - Mixed colours Zinnia elegans #

Chia Salvia rhyacophila *
Sweet Leaf Sauropus androgynus *
Tooth Ache Plant Spilanthes acmella *

Ageratum houstonianum ^
Watercress Nasturtium officinale ^
Silverbeet Beta vulgaris ^
Rainbow Chard Beta vulgaris ^

# kept in hothouse
^ kept in shadehouse
* kept on heated tray inside.

Potting up and Planting out:
Potted up some Raspberry canes I got at the local Permie group meeting.

New in the Garden This week:
Not exactly in the garden but Doc's work got a new little truck and Doc is allowed to drive it...so we popped up to the 'stash' site and picked up a few things the other day. We have a couple of old tanks for some new wicking beds, some mesh and other bits and pieces...


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***340g

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 23 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals and 2 from the Ginger Girls.

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