Monday, 26 October 2009

Visitors

Scarecrow's Log: 25:10:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 2.7C
Lowest Max 17.5C
Highest Max 30.2C
3mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Two groups have visited the garden this week so we've been busy getting it ready...mainly weeding! eek


The Strawberries are slowly ripening!!!
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Propagation:
Seeds:
I've been sprinkling lots of flower seeds around the garden as they form on the plants, Erigeron, Borage, Calendulas and any others that are seeding.

Erigeron karvinskianus in flower and seed


Borago officinalis in flower and seed

Potting up:

Cucurbits; Cucumbers, Rockmelons,
Watermelons, Pumpkins and Zucchinis.

Planting out:
The first Tomatoes, Roma on Bed 2 and a couple of Grosse Lisse in Tank Bed c (to grow up on the fence). The Romas are sheltered by the remaining Beetroot and Blue Bantam Dwarf Peas will provide shelter for the Grosse Lisse plants from both sun and any late frosts!


New in the Garden This week:

My daily raid on the earwig population
via the hose traps is yielding a regular boost
to the chooks protein feed.

I'm picking these little leaf rolling caterpillars
off the Thornless Blackberry daily...Argh!! 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.
Asparagus***842g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***333g
Carrots Atomic Red***120g
Silverbeet***120g
Tomatoes Ida Gold***52g

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

Eggs:
31 from the Farmyard Ferals
12 from the Ginger Girls who have decided a rosemary bush is a better nesting site than the box in their house! rolleyes
3 from Blackie.

Monday, 19 October 2009

From Winter to Summer in One Week

Scarecrow's Log: 18:10:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1.8C
Lowest Max 13.2C
Highest Max 20C
27.5mm Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
Rain was falling most of last week but it seems that might be all for the next month with only a chance of rain this coming weekend and then nothing more on the 28 day chart!
Temps are on their way up now and I shall have to dust off the shade covers if summer arrives early!

Propagation:

Seedlings ready for potting-on!

On Market day this weekend many seedlings were sold so that has given me some room in the hothouse for more potting-on this week!

I'm getting ready for planting the Tomatoes later this week. I should have been hardening-off the seedlings last week but it was too windy, wet and cold.
So this coming week they will be out in the sun during the day for lengthening times until by the time they are planted they have spent a couple of full days and nights outside.

This week, in usual style, our temps are heading into the 30Cs so hopefully the frosts have ended!

Potting up and Planting out:

I did plant 3 Golden Zucchini plants into the Tank bed where the Capsicum has over wintered (and is sprouting back to life)...it has a plastic cover over it which I will be removing as the temps rise this week.

Division:
A few Garlic Chives.

New in the Garden This week:

Those Nasturtiums in the Kitchen Garden
have been trimmed back
after just about smothering the Rosemary Hedge...

and the Rosemary by the pond (and the pond too)...

but they are pretty!

The Angela's Blue Climbing Peas are flowering...

and setting purple pods! eek

The Pathside Edge Picking Bed (note the encroaching Nasturtiums from the other side of the pathway before they were cut back!) in the Kitchen Garden is looking great this year with it's mainly Onion and Garlic crops growing well.

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***420g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***150g
Carrots Atomic Red***130g
Celery***300g

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

Plus 29 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals and 7 from the Ginger Girls...even Sweet Old Blackie (at 13 years) produced an egg this week! (Luckydog got that one!)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

First Tomatoes - Yum!

Scarecrow's Log: 11:10:2009:

Those little Ida Gold Tomatoes were very yummy!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1C
Lowest Max 15.4C
Highest Max 23C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

We have started to tidy the compost area. Doc got stuck into the pile of tree prunings and sorted which ones he wanted for the Cob Oven or the Rocket Stove.
We resurrected the compost heap and I've built a new bed for the compost tumbler.

I'll be growing Yarrow Achillea millefolium and Comfrey Symphytum officinale underneath and a collection of other composty plants. They will be easier to gather from beneath the tumbler rather than wandering around the garden with a bucket in hand snipping away at the Lucerne Medicago sativa and Dandelions Taraxacum officinale like I had to do this weekend. rolleyes

The Loganberries are taking off and flowering
in their Berry Wicking Bed in the Kitchen Garden
now that I've removed their very prickly cousin
Boysenberry!

Propagation:
Potting up:

Potted up the rest of the tomato plants:
16 Grosse Lisse
8 Black Cherry
8 Silvery Fir Tree
8 Roma

Cuttings/Division:
Pink Dianthus
Golden Marjoram Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'
Myoporum (Creeping Boobialla) Myoporum parvifolium
Lebanese Cress Aethionema coridifolium
Peppermint Mentha piperita


New in the Garden This week:

The Kangaroo Apples (Solanum aviculare)
are flowering.

The Cherries are setting!

I've allowed one Romanesco Broccoli to flower in Bed 3,
for predator attraction...
and the bees love it!

I bought a new garden hose this weekend...
...it's free from Cadmium and Barium
and Recyclable! eek

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***350g
Broad Beans Peruvian Emerald***1444g
Celery***1417g
Tomatoes Ida Gold***31g
Turnip Golden***4561g
Swedes Butter***3187g

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

Plus 27 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals but I won't mention the Ginger Girls Tally. rolleyes

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Real Duck Weather

Scarecrow's Log: 04:10:2009:

The ducks around town loved the rain this week!

At a local park...

Any puddle will do...

But no ducks in our driveway puddles!

Temperatures this week:

Lowest Min 0.6C
Lowest Max 12.8C
Highest Max 27C
28.5mm Rainfall


What's happening in the garden?
Lots of new growth with the rain...

The overgrown Strawberry Tank bed...

...that was 'tidied' (or butchered wink)
back on 19 Aug 09...

...has put on new growth
and there are flowers on the Strawberries! biggrin

The Rosemary hedge around the Kitchen Garden
is looking smart with it's new growth.

Propagation:
Potting up:
Basil Genovese Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' 24 in a cell tray, 3 punnets, 5 pots
Basil Lettuce Leaf Ocimum basilicum 5 pots, 2 punnets
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens 5 into a cell tray
Chamomile Dyers Anthemis tinctoria 4 pots
Cosmos Sunny Yellow Cosmos bipinnatus 1 punnet
Cucumber Cucumis sativus Italian Non-Acid the only 1 that came up!
Sage Grandfather's Salvia apiana 7 pots
Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum Yellow Baby Pear 20 into a cell tray
Tooth Ache Plant Spilanthes acmella 6 pots
Valerian Valerian officinalis 2 punnets
Zinnia Zinnia elegans 11 into loo rolls
Zucchini - Cucurbita pepo var. melopepo
Black 6 into pots
Golden 6 in pots and 1 punnet
Romanesco 7 into pots

The Basil Genovese seedlings
(with Cosmos in front) potted up.

Cuttings:
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla
Pink Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum frutescens
Sage Purple Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Sage Golden Salvia officinalis aurea
Scented Geraniums/Pelargoniums -
  • Lemon Pelargonium crispum
  • Orange Pelargonium citrosum
  • Nutmeg Pelargonium fragrans
Silver Lace/Feather Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum

Division:
Chives Allium schoenoprasum
French Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus sativa
Native Violet Viola hederacea
Society Garlic Variegated Tulbaghia violacea 'Variegata'

New in the Garden This week:
I'm waiting impatiently to plant out the spring veg! With morning temps still down around 0C all next week it won't be happening any time soon.
Mid October is usually my planting-out time but I'm ready to wait longer if necessary. The soil will be too cold for any significant growth while the night temps are so low. The seedlings are happy enough in the hot house...but it's getting a bit crowded in there!

Early growth on the tuber plants...
the Yacon Polymnia sonchifolia
is well on it's way ready for
planting in the garden soon.

The Ida Gold Cherry Tomatoes are ripening.

Outside in the garden
the Blue Bantam Dwarf Peas,
in Tank Bed C, are setting pods.

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.
No weighing this week, we've been busy and eating out of the freezer after last weekend's 'cook-up'.

Plus 1 Egg from the Ginger Girls (who don't like rain rolleyes) and 22 Eggs from the Farmyard Ferals.

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